Mellow sounds on a trumpet (how is it done?)

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ButchA, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. ButchA

    ButchA Pianissimo User

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    Here's a random question for the day...

    Let's say you want to play some very nice, sweet, ballads. Example: Something like "Someone To Watch Over Me" - the old classic Gershwin tune. But you want your trumpet to have a very warm tone that just sings...

    Do you fiddle with your embouchure or adjust your tone?
    Do you use a deep cup mouthpiece?
     
  2. gbshelbymi

    gbshelbymi Mezzo Piano User

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    Buy a cornet.

    Only half joking. Love my 80a for stuff like that.
    Orherwise Try one of Trent Austin's FX hybrid mouthpieces.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    If it is for a single tune I want a smokey, sexy sound, I relax the embouchure, let the air blow it into place, and just let the air fall out of the body. Otherwise, a flugelhorn mouthpiece with a German taper (same as a trumpet) works well.
     
  4. amzi

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    I'm not much into changing mouthpieces unless I'm doing a lot of upper register stuff--pretty much use a Schilke 13C4 (slightly modified) for everything else. For me, a mellow ballad is more about attitude and style than anything else. Sort of doing the same thing V. Bro. does. If I want more mellow than that I grab my cornet or flugelhorn.
     
  5. Comeback

    Comeback Forte User

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    Alternatively....

    Alternatively...
    Arturo Sandoval - Tip Tuesday with Jens Lindemann - YouTube
    Clifford Brown - Embraceable You - YouTube
    Jim
     
  6. bigtiny

    bigtiny Mezzo Forte User

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    You spend a few years endlessly practicing long tones, slow lip slurs, and striving to develop the tone that you're after....

    bigtiny
     
  7. Dale Proctor

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    Yeah, you just relax and blow the sound concept you have in your head, along with the right style. Style goes a long way in achieving the sound you want.
     
  8. tjcombo

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    Relax, play soft, mic up closer to get volume instead of blowing harder.
     

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