Poor tone

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  1. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Hi what are the most common causes of poor tone on the trumpet ......cause me thinks me stinks..and my brother-in-law always fun of my playing and arrrrg.
     
  2. Dennis78

    Dennis78 Fortissimo User

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    Air support. play softer and play long tones
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Poor use of air is, I believe, the number one cause of poor tone on trumpet. Try playing 25% louder and see if there is an improvement in your sound.

    Make sure both lips are in the mouthpiece and they are held together. Do not use too much pressure. Practice some very soft long tones. Make the beginnings of the notes beautiful.

    But above all, blow.
     
  4. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Do you mean 25% softer or louder?
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Louder.
     
  6. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Louder that's it. ...doesn't make sense, I always hear play softer
    and you said play soft long tone ten :shhh:you said play 25% louder. ?Which is it trumpet genius
     
  7. trickg

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    Lack of chops focus is, IMO, the number one factor - poor air usage is a factor in that, but ultimately the chops aren't trained to focus for a better sound. There are some things that help that though, and the first two things I would suggest are long tones, and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of articulation exercises. The tonguing exercises, especially when worked at soft volumes, can help the chops to focus, which will in turn improve your sound.

    There are no tricks though - it takes time in the practice room, and we're not talking days - we're talking weeks/months/years - mostly months/years.
     
  8. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Thank you been at it for six years now, have the trumpet bug always did , thanks for your help Anthony
     
  9. Vulgano Brother

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    Both. Play a tune like normal, then play it 25% louder. Does it sound better, feel more secure?

    Practicing long tones softly helps the focus of our sound.
     
  10. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    Thank you Vulgano Brother
     

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