Range in the first year

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Weevie, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. craigph

    craigph Piano User

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    Is this for ALL beginners or for teen/adult beginners? I ask because I began to play trumpet somewhere before or after my 7th birthday. At that age a kid is much smaller, has much less lung capacity and less muscualature than a teen or an adult. I don't remember when I got to high C, but I'm quite sure it wasn't within the first year or two.
     
  2. Alex_C

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    I was happy I could play a LONG-azz note because I was used to free-diving and could hold my breath a long time. They say "swimming is the best exercise" is a cliche', but it's surprising what sports and activities it will carry over into.
     
  3. Alex_C

    Alex_C Piano User

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    that link Rowuk gives is excellent. OK so the C my book starts on is "middle C", and also called C4. I can probably go to C5 (not in my book where I am yet but I noodle around a bit too) and then if I can get to C6 that's two octaves, that's enough to play a ton of music.
     
  4. samsplace

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    My son turned six the end of May and has been playing for one year. He was so proud of himself today for hitting C above the staff. His desire to push his range higher is complete his own doing esp. since he knows no other trumpet players.
     
  5. Alex_C

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    That is awesome! So much easier to make "mouth sounds" when one is a kid.

    And a lot of us are learning in isolation, there are no trumpet teachers near me so I'm just trying to draw on what I know from the few lessons I had in the past, and use the Internet to as much advantage as possible while it's still around.
     
  6. Paul Du Bourg

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    I just keep hammering away at the first Clark Technical Study for about 20 mins every day barring the hiccups. Sorry I didn't get the book earlier as my range and endurance has improved dramatically since doing this.

    After 1 year squeeky G above staff.
    After 6 years solid second ledger C.

    Getting ready for Louis Armstrongs " West End Blues" Cadenza to D which would be miraculous.

    Doesn't seem like a hell of an accomplishment making 5 extra semi tones in the equal number of years but believe me it is !!

    ......In my honest opinion.

    Cheers

    Paul.
     
  7. Alex_C

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    Trumpet + hiccups! ROFL

    I can do C4 to C5 now, but I've literally been playing a week or two! I try to lip-buzz at random times because I can do it anytime and I notice real improvement at THAT. At least with trumpet the fine muscle control is in the mouth - I can cut down trees and do stuff like that all day and then practice no problem. I'd hate to be a violinist these days. :-P
     

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