Hat in hand

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by A.N.A. Mendez, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. A.N.A. Mendez

    A.N.A. Mendez Utimate User

    Oct 25, 2005
    Sunny Ca.
    Need advice...

    I hardly ever play from charts, but I want to get Cornet chop Suey under my belt and I'm having trouble .... Since I can play it by ear (not exactly correct) it seems to be more difficult to read the music added to the fact I haven't TRIED to read a piece since... Well I can't remember . So
    Take it REAL so?
    Mark the fingerings?
    I'm embarrassed to be posting this but hey.... We're all friends here right?
    Just been a long time since I really tried to do this....
    (no gloating you pros and regular working guys)

  2. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

    May 7, 2011
    Whatever it takes... Don't ask, don't tell!
  3. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

    Oct 19, 2008
    Flinders Vic Australia
    Do as I did a couple of years ago, take it REAL SLOW and increase speed until imprinted in your head. It took me several months of fairly consistant practice to achieve.

    At 76 now I seem to be getting slow at a lot of things.

    Regards, Stuart.
  4. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

    Jan 21, 2010
    Great Southern Land
    Is your problem the timing/rhythm (needed to be right for the people you're playing with), or the notes (needed to be actually correct in playing it) or both?

    Scribbling whatever shorthand over the sheet music is fine I think. I used to write in fingering when I started out, and these days I write in a lot of letters when playing a piece I must transpose (because it was for an F trumpet, say).
    Rhythm is probably trickier - maybe write in "counts" for certain notes, or entries, and practise using a metronome. Play the piece at half or slower speed as you count the time/rhythm to bed it into your muscle memory.

    I hope that helps, it's what I do/did.

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  5. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    If you play it by ear, then I would get a copy of the sheetmusic part, then get the Youtube, and read the sheetmusic as you listen to the piece.

    Then mark the parts that you have difficulty playing. Play that part, slowly, slowly, then build speed until you can play it 3 times at the speed you want. Then move onto the next part that causes you a problem.


    This may be helpful:
    Jeff's Jazz Trumpet Blog: Louis Armstrong - "Cornet Chop Suey"

    Do you have the sheetmusic for the part you want to play?
  6. ExtraTeeth

    ExtraTeeth Pianissimo User

    Nov 13, 2008
    Perth, Western Australia
    I thought this was going to be about hats.
  7. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Maybe you have to be as old as I am, to know the courtesies when wearing a hat. Moreso, I suppose you'd first have to be wearing one. Otherwise, they sometimes can be used as a mute.
  8. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

    Jan 21, 2010
    Great Southern Land
    ...and somehow I thought it was going to be a request for financial help to buy something expensive but very desirable.

  9. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    Most of my stuff has fingerings, etc. on it. CRS strikes at the most inopportune times, you know:roll::lol::oops:
  10. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I thought it would be about mutes.

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