Improving Tone Quality

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by karajan89, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. karajan89

    karajan89 New Friend

    Mar 27, 2009
    Hi, what are some exercises or ways to improve tone quality? I have overcome most of my problems regarding strength, high notes, and endurance. Now, I am focused more on tone quality and the musical aspects of trumpet playing.
  2. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    First you have to have a concept of how you want to sound. This is accomplished by listening to various trumpet players and then trying to find what is acceptable and would be your sound. Next you need to work on long tones, lip slurs, easy tunes etc. in order to duplicate what you want your sound to be. Listen closely for the beauty in the sound. Lastly, you don't say if you have a teacher. I would highly recommend that you find a teacher who will help you with tone and work with them.
  3. Bear

    Bear Forte User

    Apr 30, 2004
    Best way to improv your tone? Use your ear! Listen to sounds you want to emulate, then make your own.
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Play duets with somebody MUCH better than you are. Better tone is developed with an ensemble, not in the practice room.

    Although listening is in the end effect the tool to get there, I would never say "listen" to a student. They have no idea what to listen for. We play duets, I take them as 2nd or 3rd trumpet on gigs. 30 minutes on stage replaces THOUSANDS of hours of passively listening to a CD.

    Better sound is not just ears, it is the coordination between chops, horn, brain and ears. Listening to other players develops fantasies, playing with them makes it REALITY!
  5. Bay Area Brass

    Bay Area Brass Piano User

    Mar 2, 2007
    San Francisco
    soft long tones
  6. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

    Jul 26, 2008
    Every time the question of tone quality comes up,
    answers are given saying that you must decide
    what you want to sound like.
    This is, of course, true.

    A question that comes to mind is, however; is there
    something called "an objective, unbiased opinion of
    what a good sound quality is"?

    If for instance I want a lot of air in my tone, does that
    mean that this is a good tone quality just because I
    WANT my tone like that? One sometimes hear jazz
    trumpeters playing with a lot of air in the tone, and if
    one wants to sound like that, does that mean that in doing
    so, ones tone quality is good?
    Very often, air in the tone also goes hand in hand with
    not being able to play at low volume (believe me, I´ve been there!).

    The benefits of playing softly are often emphasized
    in this forum, and with all the reason in the world.
    To my opinion, good tone quality is found among
    tones being produced by an efficient embouchure,
    able to respond to even the smallest air pressure
    and lowest volume.

    This of course will also have an impact on the overtone
    content of that tone (will make your tone rich), but it will
    not be the ONLY parameter deciding this content. In fact,
    this is where YOU as a player comes in; if you have this
    efficient embouchure, by choosing equipment and by deciding
    how you want to sound, you can vary your sound in a wide
    spectrum of sounds, all of them having good quality!
  7. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    Ditto! 30 min with a great trumpeter puts you in the right perspective...that you may easily loose in your practice room.
  8. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    Listen to a lot of players and pick your favorite sound , get as many recordings as you can of this artist playing different types of trumpeting ie. fast , slow , high , low, while playing with some one live only lasts a short time , a CD you can play over and over again of course if you can do both do it.

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