Practicing Scales WITHOUT trumpet

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  1. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

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    I like this part of the quote. THAT's why we work so hard on our playing skills ...... Of all the BADLY played instruments I've seen and heard on stages, nothing comes close to the cringing, sinking feeling you get when somebody really can not play the trumpet. WHY they would be up on stage, demonstrating how much they suck on the instrument, is always beyond me. In Mexico, just on one visit, we heard a guy playing along with a duo on guitar and vocals, who obviously was able to play at some point in his life, but his chops had gone south and he was constantly flat. It made my shrimp pasta dinner taste flat. :-(

    A few evenings later, we heard someone just torturing a horn on the beach .... Oy. Agreed. Nothing is more miserable than a wimpy trumpet player.


    Turtle
     
  2. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    I feel the same when it's a singer!!!
     
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  3. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    +1 for me on that. You can do many repetitions of the scales with just the valves, until you don't even have to think about them consciously. No need to worry about noise or embouchure wearing thin.
     
  4. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    People who live in stone houses shouldn't throw glass. Wait, is that how it goes?????? Sorry getting off thread here. OOps!!!!!
    Some of my neighbors hear me, and they don't mind. I use Yamaha silent brass other times. It's not preferable, but is better than not playing at all.
     
  5. Hornman1

    Hornman1 Pianissimo User

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    Hey thats what pocket trumpets are for! ;) Phaeton makes an awesome one!
     
  6. Hornman1

    Hornman1 Pianissimo User

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    if no horn , play scales with the MP alone. Most people are surprised to know that their pitch isnt the exact note its supposed to be when playing thru the mp alone. Start at C and go up with just the mouthpiece, the pitches should match what they would be if on the horn. Pops McGlaughlin talks about this on youtube.
     
  7. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    I don't get the relationship to Phaeton pocket trumpets and the OP's predicament.

    Ref: buzzing - for me, that doesn't significantly reduce the "noise" level nearly as much as using a practice mute.
     
  8. Hornman1

    Hornman1 Pianissimo User

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    Hi, he had posted a comment about being able to practice in his car with the mouthpiece but not his full size trumpet lol
     
  9. TrumpetMD

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    I practice a lot in my car at work. My pocket trumpet definitely works better for this.

    Mike
     
  10. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

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    "Practice?" Work?" I'm not familiar with these terms....
     

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