Not another 'expanding your range' thread!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ALWilts, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. richtom

    richtom Forte User

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    Regarding blending of different pitched instruments, here is a perfect example of 3 top call LA musicians with 3 different pitched instruments and I'm certain they had no pitch or blending problems.
    http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.2Qo98Sqk+94mhM/n/kJolg&w=311&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
    I'm not sure who is playing the C, but we have Malcolm McNab with his usual Eb and Rob Frear on a Bb. There are times when chromatic tuners are absolutely pointless. Top musicians like these three superb players make easy adjustments and I would be willing to bet at least two of them are transposing their part.
    Rich T.
     
  2. tobylou8

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    I was a little disappointed, well really a lot, that the link wasn't a video! :D The chromatic tuner point is spot on. I've observed players in tune with the tuner, but not the section/band!
     
  3. ALWilts

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    This seems like a really interesting concept, and certainly one that I'll take time to look into! I won't be able to get my trumpet til later but I'm really interested to see where my Heimat tone currently lies!

    Thanks Peter, it's that reality check that I have to keep reminding myself of, and one that I expect most comeback players struggle with. I know it takes time, I know that I won't be playing Miles style solos in a week, but it makes you want to use your time as efficiently as possible!

    On a side note, I put together a piece over the weekend, going up to a C in the stave. I had no problem playing it for hours to record it, which I know when I first picked up the horn again I would have had no chance doing. So, fellow comebackers, it's not all doom and gloom! It's practice, technique, rinse and repeat. :)
     
  4. Ed Lee

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    When the Eb & Bb trumpeters accurately transpose to the concert key of C, it's obvious they will blend with both the C trumpeter and register in the concert key on the chromatic tuner, the latter as only registers in the concert key or the pitch of a C instrument. If instruments pitched in keys other than the concert key don't have music pre-transposed for their instrument they will not blend with the entire orchestra.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If you don't get a transposed part, you either transpose in your head or pay your dues and write it out yourself. Playing wrong notes by bad or no transposition is not a blend issue, it is an insult to the musicians around you that give a crap.
     

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