Is there a such thing as a "high-note" trumet player?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rbdeli, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    I get that. But there's nothing wrong with being a specialist. Being a great "high note" guy doesn't have to be a bad thing. The label helps people identify you, that's all.

    All baseball players are considered professional athletes, so there's a minimum expectation about coordination, etc. Beyond that some go on to be great pitchers, infielders, outfielders, etc. Same thing here. A pro trumpet player carries an expectation about be competent in the basics. Beyond that, there are specialties.

    "I remember when Roger (Ingram) couldn't make some dates a few years ago. I called Wynton (Marsalis) and asked him for some suggestions. 'Nobody plays as high as Roger' he said. I went through the usual substitutes - the finest players in the world, I might add - to come to a determination: Wynton was right. Nobody plays as high, or as well as Roger..." - Harry Connick Jr.

    Nothing wrong with labeling someone as a "high note" player in my opinion...
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    There do exist such things as "high-note trumpet players": yup, they do exist.

  3. Keith Fiala

    Keith Fiala Pianissimo User

    Feb 21, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I agree whole heartedly with Rowuk - most forget that the bottom line is music. That's almost like saying that all an opera singer does is squeal out notes in Italian, etc.

    I look at the ability to "play" in the upper register is just another tool. Note the keyword is "PLAY." There's also a good chance that this person that was calling Boss a squealer was insanely jealous because they haven't reached that aspect of playing ability as of yet.

    Just my thoughts - interesting topic...

  4. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008
    Exactly my point VB. They do indeed exist, and as a huge fan of them I'm glad they do.

    My posts on this thread are in reaction to the OP stating:

    "Calling someone a great “high note” player infers that all he/she can do is play high."

    To that I disagree and side with Harry Connick Jr. The high note players are not limited to the high range, they excel at it.
  5. crazyandy88

    crazyandy88 Pianissimo User

    Nov 3, 2007
    Fayetteville, AR
    Whether good or bad...I personally know a "high-note trumpeter". He is a big-band leader and only picks up his horn to turn around and play certain sections an octave above the lead guy...impressive...but sometimes in poor taste. He has a killer high register but that is all he ever practices/plays and does not sound good in the middle and low registers. That being said, he does not make a living on the trumpet...
  6. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

    Nov 19, 2003
  7. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Thanks for the video. It is rewarding to hear two very good trumpet players and some great music together. I imagine it was even more stirring in person than it sounds over someone's cellphone mike.
  8. Masterwannabe

    Masterwannabe Mezzo Piano User

    Sep 11, 2009
    I agree with Rowuk!!

    I have been a computer programmer for about 43 years, many others in my profession prided themselves in seeing how complicated they could write/create code that others could not understand. I remember someone wiser than me stating once "A good computer program is a masterpiece of simplicity".

    I think in many ways this applies to music too. Sometimes the most enjoyable, memorable, moving, emotional musical passages are a masterpiece of simplicity. A case in point might be the very simple tome "Amazing Grace". How many musical tunes can match the love of the piece and yet provide the flexibility of the thousands of interpretations that been applied to that simple melody.

    If you don't know where you are going it doesn't matter how you get there.

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