Playing in Church

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by gstoole, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. gstoole

    gstoole Pianissimo User

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    I have been thinking of finding ways to start playing again. When playing in church is it best to play on a C or Bb.

    Thanks in advance.

    Gavin
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    I find it easier to play on C, but I've got an orchestral background and am extremely comfortable with the C trumpet -- I'm at home on the C. The reason I find it easier, is that when improvising, whether from a chorale score or a lead sheet, I don't have to transpose, and it frees up a few brain cells. If you are not yet comfortable on C, you'll probably find the going easier on Bb. Have fun!
     
  3. cornetguy

    cornetguy Mezzo Forte User

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    i use the c, i find it easier to play after the sermon etc.
     
  4. Solar Bell

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    I would play whatever keyed trumpet I am planning on playing on a regular basis.

    Transposing from organ or piano music is easy for B flat trumpet.

    Unless you are planning to play mostly C trumpet, I would play a Bflat.

    -cw-
     
  5. stchasking

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    Get a C trumpet. It was one of the best purchases I made for playing in church.
    My first C was made by Blessing. I own a Bach.
     
  6. Richard Oliver

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    Gavin,

    Howdy, I bet your Harrelson would work very well.

    All the Best,

    Richard Oliver
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Whe I play solo, the C has a great sound. When I want to BLEND with human voices, the Bb seems to be closer in sound and I use that.
    Your audience could care less - beautiful trumpet is beautiful regardless if the concert c is played open or with the first valve!
     
  8. JoJoMak

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    I'll be playing my first solo in church this Easter.

    I have an old '71 Conn Director (Bb) and I transposed the song and sounds great with the piano. I'm learning the tranposing thing again. In fact I searched under the wrong wording the other day...I WAS looking up TRANSCRIBING instead of TRANSPOSING, after I got that cleared up I was learning lots more...

    EASY? It could be...let me see...move up one? then the accidentals...then the sharps or something? If I have done this for years IT WOULD be easy...but I'm back in learning it all...I think I have the song TRANSPOSED right...:-( I think!

    OK, there are no sharps or flats in the key sig, so that's concert C...
    the first few notes, for the piano player is...(E E E F G E E) to transpose for my trumpet I move up one whole step? so I would play
    (.F.... F.... F.... G.... A.... F... F)
    "Je - sus name a - bove all names"
     
  9. JoJoMak

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    What about a song with the key sig of F? I think that is one flat in the key sig...I'm not playing the french horn...how many steps up or down is for the trumpet...to transpose the song...Lamb of Glory?

    As read NOW...

    .A..........Bb..............C...........A...........A..........G
    Pre...... cious.......... Lamb...... of......... glo........ ry,


    I have a good handful of church songs in this key sig (F) and I got them from the piano players...I need to transpose to trumpet. I'm looking around for that "know how"...I printed out some info last night on the subject...I'll read them again...Thanks all...

    Solor: thanks for your informative PM. :-)
     
  10. Solar Bell

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    Piano.........A.........Bb........C........A........A........G
    Trumpet.....B........C..........D........B........B........A
    Concert F piano in 1 flat the trumpet will be in one sharp

    any E's on the piano part will become F#'s on the trumpet.

    -cw-
     

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