How to prevent grunting sounds coming from your throat when you play

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Advertise, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Advertise

    Advertise New Friend

    Mar 6, 2009
    I've noticed that, most of the time, when I play my trumpet I can't stop me throat from making soft grunting noises that sounds like "ugh" everytime I play a note (tongued notes in particular.) What am I doing wrong?
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2009
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    You learned to breathe wrong. Inhale and exhale (without the horn). Then replace exhale with play - no tonguing. Try that 20 - 30 times until it is smooth and perfect, then add basic tonguing (as little as possible) also 20 - 30 times. Do this every day and you will fix the problem.
  3. rbdeli

    rbdeli Mezzo Piano User

    May 8, 2009
    This problem usually occurred with me when my nose was stuffy or I had a cold or allergy problems, which lead me to believe Rowuk is probably right about not breathing right. Let us know how his advice works out. I'd be curious if it fixes the problem. Seems like very good advice.

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