Playing Louder

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  1. DarkKnight88

    DarkKnight88 Pianissimo User

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    Thats almost the case for me to. I'm one of the louder trumpets (or even brass players for that matter) in my marching band. Everyone tells me that it sounds really good. But, I tend to overpower and play to loudly. I've even gotten comments from trombone players complementing me on my volume.
     
  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Dude, if you overpower the trombones, this is a diagnosis ROFL
     
  3. SuperTrumpetDude

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    Lol! I know I'm one of the loudest in my band, but being complimented by trombones is almost unheard of!
     
  4. DarkKnight88

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    Lol Yeah. Unusual isn't it?
     
  5. DarkKnight88

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    Lol I'm not actually louder. They just compliment me on my volume. Because I can still play quite loud with a very good sound (without blasting or splatting)
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    WHOAAHHHHH,
    This is exactly the approach that gets anybody into trouble!

    You don't need to play more loudly, it doesn't help! You need to do things that make your playing more "hearable". Yes, I am talking about 2 completely different things.

    If we analyse the situation, everything that makes a trumpet players concert chops desirable (big, dark, beautiful sound) is a disadvantage on the field.

    The stupid thing to do is to force the issue. You just end up wasting your face and probably with it any possibility of a reasonable trumpet future!

    My 10 cents is to get a smaller, shallower mouthpiece and start to play BRIGHTER. That gets you heard. I will not start my rant about IDIOT band directors that sacrifice musicality for penetration on the field or promote musical balance with a sledgehammer. I wish these animals would trip and break a leg for a season or two.

    If you were my student, I would find you a different band!
     
  7. cobragamer

    cobragamer Pianissimo User

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    well if it is a hardware problem should I maybe go back to my 7c or get a 3 or a 1.5
     
  8. stchasking

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    I will suggest a Bach 3D or a Schilke 15A4a.
    The Schilke has a schmidt style back bore and will give you a fast air feel. I own one and would only use it for marching band. It is too tight for me if I were asked to play in a jazz band. I am too old for marching but that is my $0.02.
     
  9. SuperTrumpetDude

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    I march with a Schilke 14a4, and it suits my needs just fine.
     
  10. rowuk

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    A 3D or a 7D/7E may be better. You want to be heard and brighter makes that easier. Try to play before you pay.

    The Schilke 13A4A, 14A4A and 15A4A are specialty mouthpieces. I can't play on them anymore, so I am VERY careful about recommending them
     

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