Mouthpiece pressure

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by snazzypadgett, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. trumpetsplus

    trumpetsplus Fortissimo User

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    I have had students who played so wimpily that I had to encourage them to INCREASE mouthpiece pressure. Their sound strengthened immediately.

    However, I do not encourage the use of a pinky hook as an "octave key"!
     
  2. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Pianissimo User

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    OK. That quote had me laughing outloud! Thanks.

    David
     
  3. jbkirby

    jbkirby Forte User

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    I was taught to rest the pinky on top of the pinky hook, not in the pinky hook. Exceptions are (of course) when you insert a mute or play a harmon mute (wah-wah) requiring a free left hand. At a music workshop years ago, someone had a trumpet suspended from strings extolling the virtues of playing without pressure. Maynard Ferguson happened to be present, grabbed the horn, peeled off a screaming note, let the horn go, and commented to the chap: "Try THAT without pressure."

    Nuff said.
     

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