How to play this D trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by MinorMuse, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. MinorMuse

    MinorMuse New Friend

    Mar 6, 2014
    North Carolina
    Hi, I'm new to this forum.:D

    I've been playing trumpet for 3 1/2 years now, since 7th grade. Recently, I got my old trumpet cleaned and repaired. After long research and help from my band director, I found out that it is an Eb/D trumpet. I'm missing the Eb tuning slide, and can only use the D tuning set up.
    My question is how do you play this thing? What are the fingerings/notes?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    The same as Bb, except that the sound in now in D.

    When you play the middle C it is D and not Bb.
    D trumpet is a specialised trumpet. Not my first choice at all. Bb is most common, C is used more often, but D and Eb are specialised as are Piccolo trumpets.
  3. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    BTW welcome to the forum.

    If you are serious about playing the D trumpet, get a digital tuner to help you pick where you are on the horn. They can be bad with intonation, so not a pleasant sound to begin with. Best to treat it as a completely new instrument, with only the fingering sequences in common with the Bb.

    I normally just run a scale of C and a chromatic scale to get the pitch centred in my head. Then listen to the D trumpet pieces that you want to play. Get the sheetmusic for the D trumpet and try to play the tune. You can work through the Arbans, but just be aware that you will not be in tune with a Bb trumpet if you play together.

    Good luck
  4. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Welcome to TM, MinorMuse!

    If playing Bb parts on the d trumpet we transpose down a major third; and play an Ab. It will work best for playing baroque music written for D trumpet.

    Have fun!
  5. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Welcome to TM MinorMuse. How do I play D trumpet? Not running scales like Peter. I play it running in the nude.
  6. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

    Jan 21, 2010
    Great Southern Land
    It is as Peter says.

    I have only tried a D trumpet once in my life, when I had only been playing 5 or 6 years, and the trouble I had with it then was hearing a note higher than I was reading, and resisting the temptation to "fix" that with my lips, or stop playing to check the tuning slide. If you are used to driving a manual gearbox car only then get put into one with an automatic shift you might have a similar experience (I used to stamp on the brake when I thought I was going to change the gear :-) ).

    A D trumpet would be good to play the 3rd movement of Lalo's Cello Concerto with, rather than transposing the score for a Bb or C.

  7. Jolter

    Jolter Piano User

    Apr 1, 2009
    If you want to look at some typical literature for the D trumpet, check out what Eric Veldkamp is sharing on his web site.
    The pieces listed as "_trptinD.pdf" are the ones I'm thinking of. Lots of nice baroque pieces here.

    You'll notice it's a proper soprano instrument, built for playing high parts. At 3½ years of playing, you might still have a hard time reaching the intended range for any longer periods. Don't overdo it. Spend more time practicing your Bb trumpet until your endurance builds up.
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    The question is what do you want to do with it? A D/Eb trumpet has a different tone than a full sized Bb, so you can't just take it to band and expect that it will be the right thing.

    If you want to read Bb parts, you have to take them down a third (to the next space or line) and then add 4 flats to the key signature. The Bb trumpets "G" becomes an Eb, a Bb trumpets "C" becomes an Ab, the Bb trumpets "F" becomes a Db.

    It is probably useful to write out some music in the beginning (no computer!). Writing parts out helps build a visual pattern in our head. Eventually we are then not dependent on transposed parts anymore!

    If you have a hymnbook, you just need to take the parts down one whole step and add 2 flats. C=Bb, F=Eb, G=F
  9. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    ... also Bach made or makes a 7D mpc designed for the D trumpet according to their manual and I just recently acquired a pre-owned one. Otherwise, there is only a half tone difference between a D and an Eb.

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