Mute = Larger Breath Support?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ian000450, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Ian000450

    Ian000450 Pianissimo User

    Aug 28, 2009
    Oklahoma, USA
    I bought a cup mute because I live an apartment, and the downstairs neighbors called a noise complaint for having the TV a little too loud. When I play with it in, the resistance of the instrument seems to increase extremely. I just wanted to know, if i play with this often, while trying to increase my range, will my breath support increase?:dontknow:

  2. TrumpetMonk

    TrumpetMonk Pianissimo User

    Jul 22, 2009
    West virginia
    I played with a practice mute in one day and found myself hitting higher notes easier when I took it out

    Idk, maybe a good part time technique for us to use
  3. ChaseFan

    ChaseFan Banned

    Mar 25, 2008
    The mute increases air resistance,
    so less air is passing through the embouchure aperture,
    so the embouchure aperture is able to remain smaller,
    which is beneficial for playing higher notes.

    But using the mute too much becomes a crutch, causes you to become used to unnatural air resistance while playing.
    Which is why simply playing softly without the mute is much better for increasing range.

    But I realize that using the mute is necessary to avoid having the police come again.

  4. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

    Apr 30, 2010
    dubuque iowa
    You might try doing a little research on mutes. Im not sure but I think there are some styles of mutes that are very free feeling and yet effective in muting. Im sorry that your neighbor is so sensitive. Try talking to him about his work schedule can the two of you reach a time when you can play without harm to him? If you ask nicely maybe you can get him to admit he's a music lover and just a tv hater. Good luck.
  5. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

    Aug 19, 2010
    UMMMMM Larry the thread is almost a year old,your really on a roll todayROFL
  6. Paul Du Bourg

    Paul Du Bourg Pianissimo User

    Oct 27, 2006

    1 hour a day practice is not going to cut the mustard.

    Went to music store on friday and tested 4/5 different types of mutes.
    I already have the Humes & Berg Stone Lined Wa Wah Du All at home which gets regular use so wanted to try something new.

    Walked out of the store with exactly the same mute.

    Now I can get in an hour at the office without waking up the neighbors.

    I would recommend it to anyone but only disappointment is that I now have 2
    of the same thing.


  7. chet fan

    chet fan Piano User

    Jul 3, 2009
    Use mute and large mpc to improve your high register

    when you switch back to your original mpc and w/o mute you will be able to hit very high
  8. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    You probably played higher because you actually practiced! :lol:

    Ian if you're still out there, try a Bach practice mute. It's VERY light and free blowing and I've found almost as quiet as my Silent Brass Yammie.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2010

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