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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rowuk, Jul 25, 2014.
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I am pretty sure the bass clef thing is all about direction ---- as when learning the trumpet, in public school and in general I learned Treble clef from the bottom up, and then when I go to Bass clef it's generally looking at top down, and of course -- the Notes (G, E, etc. are all in different places anyhow) --- I'm with you, I can point to any note and tell you what it is in bass clef, but to transpose that in my mind with a corresponding slide position is just a very slow process -----
Bass clef is TRANSPOSITION. Except for the key signature, it is trumpet in Eb.
There are several methods to negotiate the interval difference. With my students, we have to find the most convenient one.
1) calculate the interval at each note
2) change the clef
3) find a home note and calculate from it
4) assign a slide position or valve pressed to the line or space
I had a girlfriend in school that played alto sax. Eb transposition was just the possibility to be with her more!
I might try that as there is a very cute young lady who plays saxophone in my community band ---- nice idea!!! -- I am sure I will learn something!!!
And that was good for your brain, you bet!
I think I use number 3, when I have to sometimes play Bb trumpet in church but I need to play something from the bass clef. Don't think I am so successful, but I do use the C above the staff as my note to reference. It ends up being more a guide than really playing exact notes. I use my ear more in these instances.
Yeah, I think number 3 is what I'm using too Wayne. At the moment, there are a few notes - C's, F's - on and above the staff that "read automatically" for me. I'm hoping to get to where reading bass is as natural to my tiny mind as treble. There are some training apps that work like flash cards too, although it's more fun to just play from the bass Real Book.
This is your brain on brass . . .
Not Mnozil, but not bad.
(Hey! So why do French horns get to be in woodwind quintets too???)
Brains out of wood?
I think because of the difficulty of the instrument, that french horn players are the only brass players humble and subservient enough to be able to work with woodwind players.
It is painful for me to watch the trumpet player in the front row. His head is so far forward of his spine that he must be sacrificing a great percentage of his potential. Even when he is not playing, the head is way too far forward. That is unbelievably hard on the upper body muscles...........
The horn player, SHE has posture down!