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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by turtlejimmy, Jun 30, 2010.
My wife just said "BRAVO!".
Tunes aren't jazz. Jazz is how you play a tune. So first begin with teaching yourself simple tunes. Once you get them down, you can "jass them up".
Children make a good audience for many of these:
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Mares Eat Oats and Does Eat Oats
Pop Goes The Weasel (appears in some jazz solos)
Knick, Knack, Patty Wack (This old man, he played one...)
My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Way Down Upon the Swanee River
Comin' thru the Rye
The Old Gray Mare
She'll Be Comin' 'round the Mountain
Oh My Darlin (Clementine)
progressing into musicals:
Doe a Deer
Rock & Roll:
Love Me Tender
anyhow, you get the idea. There are hundreds of tunes all of us know by heart, and thats a good starting point.
When I was a young teenager I played Mary had a Little Lamb on top of seventh chords at the piano.
Even wildlife is affected by the beginner.
I went out to buzz a MP on my deck the other day and noticed a pair of Canadian honker geese, about 1/4 mile away on the farm next door. The moment I began they went crazy, took off and flew right at me, buzzing the house with a lot of very loud honking. Not the reaction I've dreamed of from an audience ....
I do some stuff to warm up, then I play some stuff out of the book, and mess along doing that for a bit, then when I've had enough of that, I mess around figuring stuff out by ear that I want to try, I know, it's a bad habit but well, it's fun. I take breaks because I get tired quick.
Wow. My geese here don't give a darn.
REALITY CHECK PLEASE!
It's a large MP (Denis Wick MM1C) with a very gutteral sounding bottom end when you're trying to open you throat for the biggest sound. Not necessarily something that sounds good going through the horn, but with this MP and my open throat IT IS LOUD! It's not an attractive sound but can it travel 1/4 mile? Obviously. Or maybe it was only an 1/8 of a mile. Would you like me to step it off? What's your problem?
Are you following me???
Most of the time, the truth is more impressive than fantasies projected. I have no problem. The geese could care less about your mouthpiece unless you are sucking eggs with it.
The frequencies produced by a mouthpiece will only travel 1/4 mile during special conditions like a cold winter day on a frozen over lake.
I would advise you to purchase a beginners method book, this is as good as any:
A Tune A Day For Trumpet Or Cornet Book One at Musicroom.com - Tuition Books
Its has a smattering of simple melodic tunes from the first pages.
If the latest copies come with CD backing so much the better.
Try to get a couple of lessons from a Tutor or an experienced trumpeter, this should set you on the right path along with a planned practice routine. If you have a beginners method book take it along to your first lesson a good tutor will work with you using your book.
Then its practice, practice...........
Rowuk has a great point. The goal of all the buzzing, long tones, and exercises is to eventually play music. I keep a fake book on my stand (1001 tunes) and read through a number of them each day.
By the way, Christmas songs can be some of the most "swingingest" charts out there.