Mutes make you play higher?

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  1. T-Money

    T-Money New Friend

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    I've been getting ready for lead in jazz and to get better better endurance I've been using my straight mute. It's been fun trying to play with it since I start using the mute toward the end of my practice session. It takes a while for me to chop out when im not playing loud but the mute gets those muscles working. I encourage all of you to try it now if you have really good range use a harmon now that's some hard work.


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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Ummm,

    if you were on to something serious, REAL lead players would be training with the straight mute. They aren't maintaining or building range this way. I think that you have talked yourself into something.

    Lead is only about high notes to those that are not real lead players. Real lead playing is the cutting edge of the big band sound. It is permanently locked in time with the rhythm section and the charisma to set the band on fire. A solid G above high C generally covers everything important. The rest comes later with experience and true necessity.

    Our playing is a loop that consists of think->play->hear->think. Putting a mute in the trumpet screws up the "hear" part for "standard playing"

    There is nothing wrong with practicing with the mute. It isn't preparing you better for anything except playing with the mute.

    We are not building a six pack in our face. Working harder is NOT the goal.
     
  3. T-Money

    T-Money New Friend

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    That's why I don't use it all the time it's just when I get bored it's fun to play against the resistance.
     
  4. T-Money

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    I've never played lead trumpet before this but I saw my music already and it's crazy above above the staff. I don't have experience with "REAL" lead players except with watching YouTube videos and listening to Louis Armstrong.
     
  5. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Louis Armstrong was not a lead player....
     
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    Mutes don't make you play higher. Only a kick in the....., oh wait, that's singing.
     
  7. tobylou8

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    Seriously, you don't "own" those notes in a practice session, you won't own them at the end of a 4 page chart. Keep practicing and working on your long tones.
     
  8. T-Money

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    Thanks captain obvious for the remark Louis still played jazz.
     
  9. TrumpetMD

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    Agree.

    Mike
     
  10. jaemard

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    Breaking news: all jazz players can scream like Cat Anderson. Rejoice!
     

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