How's Misty doing?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by misty.sj, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    When I practice at home, I close the bedroom door (solid core) - draw the curtains - heavy ones so that I could sleep during nightshift - and open ALL the cupboard doors and crack all the drawers open, it seems to break up the sound volume without distorting what I hear. I can play facing the wardrobe or a rendered brick wall for variation if I chose. The neighbours have never even commented - perhaps I'm just a little more acceptable than the screaming and shouting games that other neighbours play. Oh, and our house has double brick walls which helps.
     
  2. BinaryHulledIon

    BinaryHulledIon Piano User

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    Oh, I wasn't confused (for once). I just like to pick. You'd think I'd have stuck to the guitar.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Ted, does your house abut your neighbors on the "double brick" side? Here in the U.S. we call such townhomes. Sometimes, I think of telling a neighbor to soundproof their home if they don't want to hear me or others. Well, you do know I often use YSB only to keep peace in my marriage.
     
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  4. misty.sj

    misty.sj Forte User

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    I got my cornet!

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    I also got my Claude Gordon Elementary book. I can't wait to play this thing, but it won't be tonight because I have a client dinner right after work and I think it will be awkward to carry a cornet case with me when we are walking to the restaurant.
     
  5. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    No Ed, the house is entirely free standing.
     
  6. Comeback

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    Congratulations concerning the cornet, Misty. It looks like a nice one! Let us know how you think it plays.
    Jim
     
  7. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

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    Uh, Ted, that isn't one of those drop bears in your sig. is it?:roll::lol::oops:

    Our place is free standing too, but the walls are kinda thin and there's not a whole lot of space between us and the home on either side. Double-wide manufactured home( PC term for trailer).Live in a park with about 200+ homes in it:oops:
     
  8. misty.sj

    misty.sj Forte User

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    Besides inadvertently stirring up a hornet's nest, I have not had much time the past three days to play, due to work commitments and going to see South Pacific at QPAC. It was a lot of fun. I'd like to order the trumpet books for it and learn them, although the French horn parts were stunning as well. JUST gorgeous.

    I did have a tiny bit of time yesterday to play the new cornet. I was expecting a much different timbre from the trumpet, but I just really can't hear it. This weekend I'll ask my husband to listen and see what he thinks. I am playing with a cornet mouthpiece. Maybe they really don't sound a lot different? I'll have to get some recordings.

    Lessons 1 and 2 in the Claude Gordon book have to do with breathing and buzzing. Handily, I can do these lessons without having the horn in front of me. So I've been doing the breathing 3-4 times a day (besides my normal breathing to, you know, stay alive), and a little buzzing. Interestingly enough, he advocates only buzzing until you can get a consistent buzz and then never doing it again! Well, I'm actually fairly good at buzzing, either with just the lips or the mouthpiece. When I played French horn with a chamber ensemble in university, I used to warm up with the choir, on my lips and mouthpiece.

    Anyhow, I'll leave you with a picture of the Ambassadors.

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  9. A.N.A. Mendez

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    Mouthpieces make a HUGE difference with Cornets, throw a funnel sided piece in that puppy!
     
  10. bumblebee

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    Agree - for example this is mine:
    Bb Cornet 2 - Denis Wick Mutes, Mouthpieces and Accessories

    I've played everything on this (when playing cornet) for the last 20+ years and only much later saw Denis Wick's description of it as "... for low cornet parts".

    It's got a very deep V cup and a large throat.

    --bumblebee
     

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