"legit" and "commercial" sound; what do they mean exactly?

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  1. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    Listen for trumpets when you watch TV for TV Commercials, TV show themes and that kind of thing. To me, "commercial sound" means more along the lines of rock band horn lines or big band horn lines. Lots of brilliance and bite in the sound with clean, sharp articulations.
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The difference is mostly in the style of the player - only secondary for the quantity of overtones.

    Style in the orchestra means fitting into the overall "fabric" of the group sound. Commercial means becoming the "excitement" of the event.

    This is something where learning by doing is the best medicine. High school musicals are a great introduction to "commercial". High school band or orchestra are the first building blocks for "legit".

    Considering the demands on modern trumpet pros, most top players have it all (but still want more).
     
  3. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

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    In my day:
    Legit means your a classical player.
    Commercial means you play whatever style that gives you a paycheck.
    I dont think it has changed very much.
     
  4. fraserhutch

    fraserhutch Mezzo Piano User

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    Yes, but that doesn't address the question as to what the sound difference is :)

     
  5. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

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    LOL
    If they cant hear the difference in what STYLE they choose to play I dont think ANYONE can help them.
     

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