Piccolo range

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by brassbow, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. brassbow

    brassbow New Friend

    Mar 22, 2007
    Does range on a trumpet relate to piccolo ? For example I can play up to a high d on trumpet ( written)should I be able to play a written high d on piccolo? A search did not help
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Generally our range is the same regardless of instrument. What our face and body has earned is what is possible.

    That being said, we can often play longer up high if we work with the instrument instead of against it. We need a special sound concept for the higher pitched horns. That is not found printed in the instruction manual delivered with the horn.

    The reason that a search has no response is because there is nothing carved in stone.
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Even if playing a Bb part on a Bb piccolo the octave transposition still causes problems. We tend to think low and play a C in the staff like middle C. Sometimes this will even cause a drop in range.
  4. amzi

    amzi Forte User

    Feb 18, 2010
    Northern California
    Maybe, maybe not. Picc. requires a different attitude than a regular Bb. I tend to describe playing a picc. as requiring finesse while you can muscle up and power your way to the high notes on a Bb. For me, trying to power my way through the upper range on a picc. causes it to shut down. My usual advise is to learn how to back off and let the characteristics of the horn work for you. After that the range on both horns should be approximately the same.
  5. musicman1951

    musicman1951 New Friend

    Dec 9, 2014
    Albany, NY
    Yes, your range should be the same. The picc is an octave lower on the overtone series, so you may well play a little cleaner up there on the picc, but it won't magically give you more range.

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