How do you play with a more metallic sound?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by NYCO10, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. RichJ

    RichJ Piano User

    Jan 16, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    That sounds like a pretty normal trumpet tone to me. Getting that slight sizzle/edge on the sound is accomplished by good playing on not-too-large equipment for the situation. Be aware that it never sounds like that to the player though. Even if you get that sort of sound, it will sound darker from behind the horn.
  2. Markie

    Markie Forte User

    Jan 4, 2009
    Clarksburg, WV
    Often words fall short when we try to describe a sound. Here's something you might want to try:
    Play a couple of long tone "C's" on the staff to get your ears use to the sound. Then play the same "C" but this time "SLOWLY" bend it up as high and as low as you can go without going into the next partial. This is a listening exercise so what you need to do is intently listen. While you're bending the note, there will be a point where the sound of the trumpet seems to sissle and come alive. You can amost feel the vibrance in your ears. There's the sound I think you're talking about. Good Luck

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