Learning Piccolo Trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by christophac7, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. christophac7

    christophac7 Pianissimo User

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    Hey All,

    Just finally ordered my first Piccolo trumpet, and hopefully will be here within a week or so. I've only ever messed around on picc before and have no idea how to tackle learning it. Any tips or general things I should practice on it to improve my skills?

    Thanks, Chris

    P.S. Many thanks to Trent Austin for a wonderful deal!
     
  2. DaTrump

    DaTrump Forte User

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    Just don't think too low. A lot of people make the mistake of playing it like a Bb trumpet that just happens to be pitched an octave higher.
     
  3. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Congratulations!

    I purchased a couple horns from Trent. He's a great guy.

    Mike
     
  4. kctrumpeteer

    kctrumpeteer Piano User

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    May be a good idea and to even think about doing 3-4 lessons with someone that can help you with the transition. I say this because I did 3-4 lessons with someone for fun on an Euphonium that I bought some time ago to play around with and quickly learned I was trying to play it like a trumpet and over shooting the notes / partials, etc.

    Otherwise I would suggest using a piano/keyboard to mimic the notes so that you know that you are hitting them correctly
     
  5. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    Don;t be frightened to play with alternative fingerings to keep the thing in tune for example on mine (yes its a cheap Tristar but it plays okay for fun) what would be D above the stave is horrendous played on finger one and not too bad to lip on finger one/three
     
  6. GijsVis

    GijsVis Piano User

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    Here a chart with almost all the alternative fingerings: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9BgVDFmII6oaEZPTXpSeDE4eU0/preview?pli=1
    (thanks Cornyandy for bringing it up :lol:).
    I once tried to play piccolo but I sucked at it, not a single note was in tune, might try it sometime again with practice and Lessons.
     
  7. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

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    Just don't overblow it or you'll lose the true tone of it.
     
  8. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    Here's probably the ultimate piece of advice try to blow thing not suck at it I really can't understand why such an inteligent person as GijsVis tries to suck a piccolo trumpet when you blow a normal one

    Er hem

    retreats for tin hat
     
  9. GijsVis

    GijsVis Piano User

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    I suck horns all the time, it's nice if you fill them with beer :lol:
    I like the taste of old unwashed vintage horns if I suck them (not).

    No I just don't like (playing) the piccolo trumpet, I just play high on my regular Bb, good for training as well.
     
  10. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    Horn filled with acidic beer surely a recipe for Wed Wot
     

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