Last Post - How to acheive bugle sound?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by JonJo, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Bear

    Bear Forte User

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    Not sure whether this will help or not but...

    I've done countless military services, balls, change of gaurd/flag/command/etc due to my father being a high up.

    There was a time when I was performing TAPS and a senior official saw that I was playing a trumpet and asked if I would use "bugle fingerings" (1st and 3rd valve). Besides being cognizant of the tuning tendencies, it seemed to have acheived the wanted "sound effect". Just a thought.
     
  2. Peter McNeill

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    The fundamental difference between American and British in Bugles is the Bb Vs G.

    The Last Post (British) is played in Bb. So no valves needed.

    Open Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn will in Lieu of the Bugle. The American TAPs can be played on either, but historically G Bugle used. For ANZAC Day use the open Trumpet no valves....
    Cheers
     
  3. Bear

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    Ah, great clarification. Thanks.
     
  4. JonJo

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    Thanks for all your help guys.

    First of all, Lest we forget.

    I went to the RSL club , and i CREAMED the Last Post , all though i was quivering throughout the first few notes. But then I got settled , and nailed every note after that.

    As to the reveille/rouse , I might have played it a little fast but I guess there werent too many problems.

    once again guys, thanks for your replies

    Joe
     
  5. tunefultrumpet

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    Well done, Joe, glad it went smoothly. How did everyone elses Last Posts go?
     
  6. rtmusic

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    I've always played it with a cornet, mainly because I only used to have a cornet.

    I agree with the posts saying you have to play it with soul and not as a fanfare. Also great advice is to memorise it and make it your own. Also take your time with it! Don't rush through it. No one will stop you. It's your moment, musically speaking.

    In 25 years of playing it I've only ever had one criticism. This was from a vicar at a Church that I had just started attending at the time. As he heard people congratulating me he walked past and asked me if I had watched it being played on the Albert Hall on TV the night before? I said no. He said something like mine "wasn't as crisp" as him. What a nasty man! This was also the only time I've played Last Post without asking for or being paid. I left the Church a few months later. Yet in September he tried to get me to do it again on Remembrance Sunday! I told him that I was playing on a pro basis now. He never got back to me. A lesson for us all there. Maybe I should have told him to go and get that more crisp player from the TV and see if he'd play it for free, lol

    I've recently ordered a bugle online, which describes itself as a professional Bb tunable or just over £100 on ebay. I haven't collected it yet but I'd appreciate any advice about purchasing a professional bugle, thanks. It seems quite hard to get a bugle from a reputable music shop- why?
     
  7. Peter McNeill

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    Since you are talking Pounds, so I can assume you are in the UK.

    This is the one to get, it is the one I have, and I spent a lot of time searching for "that" sound. A McQueens Bugle is supplied to the Royal Marines. Not cheap, but worth it.

    McQueens Musical Instrument Repair Specialists
     
  8. rtmusic

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    Thanks Peter, will check it out
     
  9. Glennx

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    >> How did everyone elses Last Posts go?

    I've been playing at the Remembrance Day service in our nearby little town for several years now, and I love that the town really turns out for the ceremony: scouts, guides, current & retired military, police, firemen, cadets, other service organizations and several classes of school kids - rain or shine. It makes it really mean something and I'm happy to volunteer what I can to our servicemen and women.

    Perhaps unusually, we've evolved into three of us playing the Last Post and the Rouse: my sixteen-year old son...and a retired widow who decided that after her serviceman husband passed away years ago, she would learn to play the trumpet and play at Remembrance Day. And she did. But she only has a single piston marching trumpet (bugle?) in A, so that's the key we play it in!

    After several years, the main challenge for us is not in getting the notes out as perfectly as possible; it's the weather. Up here in the Ottawa (Canada) area we've enjoyed cold rain, snow, and freezing sleet blowing right into out faces, so those first few notes are always..."interesting", even with keeping the mouthpiece in our pocket and covering the chops with a scarf.

    But it's the least we can do on November 11th.
     
  10. Franklin D

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