Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by horner, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Liblip

    Liblip New Friend

    Mar 29, 2008
    Hey, anybody remember Louis Prima's high note grease from "The Lip?"

    I never heard a trumpet player play a note so high
    And I had to coax a lot before The Lip would tell me why
    Then he took out a little jar that's labeled 'High-note Grease'
    And he rubs a little every night on his mouthpiece...

    Tell us the secret of The Lip. take a buketful of steam
    And a dozen rooster eggs
    And you mix 'em up gently with a bushel full of goldfish legs
    And ya hang 'em on a sky hook in the midnight sun
    Mmm and then you fry them until they're done.

    That's how it gets done. -Ed
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    You mean Harry James?

    No he means Liperachi!

    from the same record.

  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I think that when we try to define the size of our aperature, we are confusing things. This is also a myth that will not go away.

    What we need to develop is not the aperature, rather the synchronized interaction between breathing and our face muscles. This is not something that I consider to be a DIY acticity. Qualified instruction is necessary.

    To play higher notes, our muscles must function in a complementary way that is NOT universal for every player. In any case, players with good high chops have better CONTROL of the face muscles. What they do with those muscles is dependent on their long term habits.

    My take is that practicing softly will keep the player that has no idea how to play high from doing something stupid with their face. Once range has been built up from the bottom up (that means volume AND frequency), each player will know what works for them.

    Speculating about your chops without seeing and hearing you play is a WASTE of time!

    I would NEVER dream of telling a successful lead player like Erik Veldkamp that his method is not good. It works for him and many other players, as do alternative methods for others.
  4. screamingmorris

    screamingmorris Mezzo Forte User

    Apr 4, 2007
    My wife said that she thought I was suffering from flatulence,
    so I pushed in the tuning slide all the way.

    But then I thought that it sounded like I was suffering from sharpulence,
    so I pulled the tuning slide back out a little bit.

    - Morris
  5. tunefultrumpet

    tunefultrumpet Pianissimo User

    Apr 9, 2008
    New Zealand
  6. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Morris - sharpulence and lead mouthpieces - now you're talking. ROFL
  7. bigdog

    bigdog Pianissimo User

    Jul 19, 2005
    this is the best thread yet............
    anyone tried a wedge lately?
    i'm seeing a lot of them on ebay..........
  8. Newguy

    Newguy Pianissimo User

    Mar 30, 2008
    Pittsburgh Area
    There ya go, Morris, a wedge might fit your new situation quite well!! :bravo:
  9. Kevin Cameron

    Kevin Cameron New Friend

    Oct 25, 2008
    Good advice all.....

    Now I have to go practice!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. sonicgeo2

    sonicgeo2 Pianissimo User

    QFE. Great explanation. :thumbsup:

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