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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by songbook, Aug 11, 2011.
Boy, I know about that. Been there, done that, more than I'd like.
I am playing in a community band that plays outdoor concerts every Sunday. We are also rehearsing in a truly horrible temporary rehearsal room. It is so easy to over blow both places and just kill yourself. I actually think I prefer the outdoor venue to the rehearsal room this summer!
For what its worth, in my youth I used to play/sing in bluegrass bands. Lots of outside work and it was really tough singing in tune UNTIL I found the key. I wore a wide brimmed hat. It captured enough the sound to give me enough feedback to stay in tune. I haven't done this stuff in a while but, if you can get away with it, you might want to give it a try. Its cheap
The analysis is good up to now, but the player outdoors needs to prepare like everywhere else.
Practice more outdoors if your band does that.
The horn "vibrates" so if you are not gripping it to forcefully, your left hand gets feedback too.
I blow into the stand and that reflects generally enough info to keep me on track.
I also make sure that the trumpet section does not try to "prove" anything by making life unenjoyable through blasting.
yep to all of the above.... so easy to over blow.
Very nice Chuck .. playing in tune outside is a monster ... okay question.. are you using a shallow cup mouthpiece?
Definitely not psychological. What setup are you using Kris?
+1 the stand is my friend
If it's your own PA system ..... work out the arrangements of monitors so that you can hear better. It is possible to hear very well on stage. Possible. It doesn't seem to happen very often. When the singer can't sing on key, that's usually the reason.
Get a better PA system. BOSE ..... Best sound on stage I've ever heard was my niece and her singing partner through one of these BOSE systems with sub-woofer and skinny tower that puts the sound out in all directions. They heard EXACTLY (on stage) what the audience heard. I walked all over that venue and around the stage .... the sound was identical everywhere. When you can hear that well, you sing and play at your best.
So how does this apply to a concert band that isn't using mics and monitors?
I was thinking the same thing.
Most of the outdoor gigs I've done have been without amplification.
As previous posts have mentioned, playing into (or partially into) a stand can help you get an idea of how loud you're playing.
You can also work volume exercises into your practice schedule. If you can get your body used to the way you "feel" at 15%, 50% and 80% volume levels, you'll be able to play reasonably close to those levels regardless of your environment.