Rank Beginner/Practice Mute

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  1. rabbit

    rabbit New Friend

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    Today I was at last able to make some noise and
    thus try getting my FIRST trumpet tones. Later in
    the day I picked up a practice mute. It's fun!

    I am and will remain, for a while at least, without
    benefit of proper instruction but until then I want
    to enjoy this horn anyway. I get the distinct feeling
    that this practice mute is not a wise idea at the
    very beginning of the learning process. W/out
    the mute I can almost reliably get G, second line.


    I've scanned the net extensively and am trying to
    be very careful with the embouchure, and I can't
    invest much time anyway, but should I avoid the
    practice mute for now? Without it I can rarely
    blow at all around here (this will last weeks.)

    Thanks,

    rabbit
     
  2. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

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    My two cents worth: I wouldn't worry about avoiding the practice mute for now. As a beginner building up some chop strength is your challenge and the more time you can get playing the better. Long notes played softly can help. When you do get time to play without one, it will help to have recordings of good trumpet players to model your tone on/imitate.
     
  3. et_mike

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    As long as you blow softly, the practice mute is OK... but you need to find time to play with out it.
     
  4. Mason

    Mason Pianissimo User

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    you should play without it i reckon because then you will earn the sound of notes. Eg the sound of a C, D, E, G etc

    If you dont know the sounds it will be hard for you to play songs etc
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    My advice is NO MUTE for at least the first year. Developing sound means hearing yourself - not face time. DON'T do it!
     
  6. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

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    I agree.

    Best,
    EC
     
  7. skankin'dan

    skankin'dan Pianissimo User

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    I recommend a balance. When using the mute, make sure you don't blow any harder than you normally do (in attempt to hear yourself better). It is also important that you play without the thing, because it is much different (at least for me), and it's more important to be able to play without it.
     
  8. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

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    .....if it was a choice between not playing at all and playing with a practice mute, I think I would take my chances with a practice mute. But...could there be a situation to play without one that you may not thought of....eg. during your lunch hour in the building basement, while you're sitting in the car waiting for your wife to finish shopping?:-)
     
  9. ecarroll

    ecarroll Artist in Residence Staff Member

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    TMers,

    Please don't take this the wrong way, as I know that some of you are in positions where perhaps you can only play with a practice mute. However, if you're just starting out and are SERIOUS about learning to play, a practice mute is the last thing you should have in your bag.

    Best,
    EC
     
  10. rabbit

    rabbit New Friend

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    Thank you one and all for replying.

    It has been a few days since I started this thread.

    It seems to work for me, individually, this way: the practice
    mute isn't viable with what little I know as a beginner.
    I can't find notes thru the increased back-pressure,
    have difficulty discerning notes and using a tuner the
    intonation is everywhere, partly explaining my confusion.

    Better to buzz the mouthpiece & wait for the rare opportunity
    to practice a few long tones. I do think the buzzing has helped
    because I can find C (3rd space) now about as well I found G
    several days back with little but but buzzing in between.

    So I guess I'm saying thanks but I wasted your time,
    I can't hack this thing (p-mute) after all. Maybe there
    is something useful in my report.

    This will take a while! As much as I enjoy woodwinds,
    it is nice to have a horn that you can
    just pick up, play, an set down without nursing a reed.
     

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