Playing outside

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dreads, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Dreads

    Dreads New Friend

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    I have been playing in my garden quite a lot recently and was just wondering if this could cause any bad habits to occur. My tone definitely sounds different when I'm outdoors, probably a little better :S
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I prefer good sounding rooms as the ears get as much training as the chops if we are practicing correctly. We do not hear as well outdoors.
     
  3. wvtrumpet

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    At first glance, I thought you meant playing outside in a jazz sense of the term :) Seriously, I have trouble playing outside. I really have problems if it is hot and humid out. I don't know about any long term effects, but I just know that it is a struggle yearly when I have a dozen or so outside gigs to contend with yearly...I just try to drink a lot of water and avoid direct sunlight!!!
     
  4. abntrptr

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    I am an Army Bandsman and much of my playing is outside.
     
  5. Alex_C

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    As my silver trumpet yellowed in the sun
    I had a revelation: Trumpet playing is FUN!
     
  6. larry tscharner

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    I just love playing outside. Most of those pesky dynamics signs disappear in the bright daylight. But seriously, foulks, what difference does it make if you enjoy the gig. I like the sound of the wide open spaces as long as the cops arent pulling up the driveway. best wishes.
     
  7. Alex_C

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    I play outside here, it blends in with the geese and the neighbor's donkey.
     
  8. Vulgano Brother

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    The danger in playing outdoors is that we might play too loudly for our own good trying to get that feedback walls provide. Strive for a compact sound and tune in to the smallest amount of feedback. Should be ok then.
     
  9. treble_forte

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    I don't enjoy outside gigs, I often over blow because of lack of feedback and it is very tiring on my lip.

    The proof: I was pretty tired after a brass quintet gig of 1 hour outside. We had a rehearsal yesterday, I got through 2 hours and it felt like my lip did at the half-way stage of the outside gig. We practised inside. Anyway, this is something I am working on - thanks for the advice to tune into even a small amount of feedback and to work with a compact sound. This is what I will be doing. Perhaps playing into the stand a bit will help too.

    Mike
     
  10. lmf

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    Do the animals, birds and other creatures enjoy your outdoor playing? How about the neighbors?

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     

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