Does it take playing skill on the trumpet to be able to select good equipment?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Spideriffic, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    What a wonderfully coherent post. ;-)
     
  2. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Coherent ? So why it's not ,can you read?


    And What your a wise Guy trickg?
     
  3. trickg

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    I can certainly read - it was actually meant in good fun, hence the winkie emoticon I added to my post.

    With that said, I'd like to think that most English speaking/reading people appreciate correct capitalization, punctuation and grammar.
     
  4. trumpetsplus

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    Might be self taught.
     
  5. trickg

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    Possibly. :D Nice one! (At least some of us can take a joke, right?)
     
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  6. anthony

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    Whatdaya meen I speek gud inlush
     
  7. rowuk

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    Welcome Spideriffic,

    you can travel from NYC to Plattsburgh by going south. Eventually you will get there, it will take longer and require additional skills and you probably will change your goal before arriving.

    So it also is with playing the trumpet. YES we can discern instruments without being a professional, the problem here however, is that your problem isn't the horn or mouthpiece. Your playing is going south and no amount of "more dedication" fixes that. Basically you describe everything that I need to know. I believe that your problem is bad habits and a missing daily routine. Unless the problems are adressed, they are simply reinforced.

    My suggestion would be to make a trip to Ivan - not to worship yet another god, rather to get an independent ascessment of your playing from some ears that I believe you can trust. I am convinced that no amount of time or money could be better spent. Ivan will check YOU and your equipment out and give you some indication how to go north.....
     
  8. Slidehammr

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    I have a 1952 body, '53 Chicago Benge, mid '70's Schilke, both Bb's that pertain to this response. I use a Bach 2.5c mouthpiece when playing legit, Schilke 9 for jazz and a Reeves 41s for electric band. I practice 1-1.5 hrs per day. Endurance-wise I've had good results with Warburton's PETE as well as plenty of flexibility exercises: Irons, Colin, Frink. The two afore-mentioned horns play vastly differently. I think it's something almost anyone would notice. Both horns have been re-built so given enough time and use they can develop wear related issues. I wish you the best!
     
  9. Kevin Whiting

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    That Benge MLP is a really nice trumpet. It is, however, a large bore (that's what the MLP designation is). I can't imagine this helps with your endurance. Augie Haas, the lead trumpet player for Harry Connick Jr., plays a Benge MLP.

    Kevin
     
  10. gmonady

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    A careful warm up exercise may help. and in this special case, would be referred to as a Benge-warmer.
     

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