Emulating sound.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by JackTheMusician, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. JackTheMusician

    JackTheMusician Pianissimo User

    Aug 14, 2013
    I've read countless times on posts and articles about the basis to being a good player is (besides the fundementals) listening and emulating sounds of professionals.

    But... How?

    How do you just copy sounds of other players?

    Anyone have any advice or tips?
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Listen very carefully to them. Memorize how they phrase, listen to the envelope: the attack, decay, sustain and release they use. One particularly good lesson, my professor asked, "How'd you do that?" I told him I was emulating Gerard Schwartz. He told me to keep doing that.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Emulation starts with LISTENING. We need to find role models for the types of playing that we are interested in. Each trumpeter has their own "style" and set of technical skills. By listening repeatedly and carefully, we can identify some of the things that we can also imitate. After a while, our playing takes on certain traits that fit our personalities. The more that we listen to a variety of players, the easier it becomes to identify things common and things individual. Like learning a foreign language, the accent makes the language individual. Our "accent" in the language of trumpet playing is our style. Long before we have superior technique, we can imitate certain aspects of players that we admire. That simply comes from experience and trying!
  4. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    Lots and lots of listening.

    When I was in high school I got my hands on a couple of the Wynton Marsalis classical albums, and I listened to them all the time. I loved those recordings. I even fell asleep listening to them through headphones so that I could really hear what was going on in the recording. I'm not going to say that I sounded like Wynton because of it, but I can say that it influenced my sound concept for my own playing.

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