G-bugles and Pitch

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dave Hughes, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Dave Hughes

    Dave Hughes Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 19, 2010
    Rochester, NY
    So, I think I'm going to go on the field this year with a Drum Corps, after 20 years (the mini-corps I play with is a stage corps). The last few days I've been playing on a G-bugle (yep, some senior corps still use them instead of the more common Bb).

    I've had a heck of time finding my pitch on the valved bugle...I grew up playing them, but it doesn't seem that I have that frame of reference anymore.

    To me it seems that many of the pitches are so close together that you really have to attack a note to hit the right one! Also, where in the scale the pitches are closest is weird...

    Anyone have any advice or similar experience?
  2. homebilly

    homebilly Pianissimo User

    Dec 29, 2010
    Los Angeles & Paris, Fran
    I loved playing those things (piston - rotor for me) back in the day!

    I remember them as being big and loud! to this day I can only play a large bore horn and huge
    mouthpiece. I don't remember any real tuning or slotting problems to overcome from Bb trumpet though.
    then again you are probably on a three valve model that didn't exist in my day.

    I'd say that it is just a getting used to it kind of thing. check the gap just in case.
    try the Bob Reeves paper trick to check the gap.

    have fun!!!
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011

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