Sound

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by latinjazzcat, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. latinjazzcat

    latinjazzcat Pianissimo User

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    Often times in reading posts (usually regarding equipment), you will read the comment "it doesn't matter what he's playing, he'd sound like that on anything". So alas, I must ask, do you feel that you can achieve your ideal sound on any equipment (although it may be more difficult than on your current set-up), or do you feel that equipment is a serious factor when considering sound concept? I ask because, although my sound is very flexible and I can color it many ways, it usually requires a good deal of effort, and I fear that in manipulating my embouchure to achieve the "dark" sound I find myself frequently striving for, that I may be sacrificing range (a major weak point for me). My apologies if this has been addressed before and I overlooked it, and many thanks for your time.
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    "Often times in reading posts (usually regarding equipment), you will read the comment "it doesn't matter what he's playing, he'd sound like that on anything". So alas, I must ask, do you feel that you can achieve your ideal sound on any equipment (although it may be more difficult than on your current set-up), or do you feel that equipment is a serious factor when considering sound concept? I ask because, although my sound is very flexible and I can color it many ways, it usually requires a good deal of effort, and I fear that in manipulating my embouchure to achieve the "dark" sound I find myself frequently striving for, that I may be sacrificing range (a major weak point for me). "

    Dear LJC,

    Yes, people say that all the time about me and I'm pretty sick of it, if you want to know the truth. It's a very well-intentioned sentiment and a nice thing to say but it's just not true.

    The reasons I was able to get a good sound on other equipment was because of what I did physically to get there. If I could play in tune at that time it was because I had a special Pitch Finder installed on many of my horns so I could do it. Also, my sound was much more directional than it is now. The horns I play allow me to create a much broader sound without doing anything consciously to manipulate it.

    The question of creating different colors happens two ways for me. One, the speed of the air has a direct bearing on the warmth of the sound I want. Second, I do it by desire or idea of the sound. In other words, I think the sound I want and it just sort of happens.

    What I am able to do on any equipment is play musically. I'm fortunate(?) that when I pick up a different horn from what I play, I have a muscle memory that kicks in and I do the muscling, pinching that I need to to make it happen. But, what many folks don't realize is that I have a general sound in my head now and that's what rings in my head irrespective of what's coming out of the bell. If I were to play other horns and not do anything but play down the center, even musically, I don't think folks would be any too impressed with the end result soundwise.

    The last and most frustrating bit is that folks really can't judge a horn that's made to play in a 2500 seat concert hall well in a small room and that's where it seems that many judgements are made: in small rooms.
    Also, a lot of people like that buzz and zing on the periphery of the sound. I used to and don't anymore, simple as that. I also look for a horn that blends with the other instruments in the orchestra, not just the trumpets. So, blend means something a little different for me in that regard.

    I really don't like writing stuff that sounds like ads for Dave but what can I say? I know myself better than all those who write about me . All I'm doing is answering your question as truthfully as I can.

    So, let your trumpet sound like a trumpet. I don't see the fiddles worrying too much about blending with us. Let your horn speak with its own voice. If you want a different color maybe you can switch mouthpieces for certain licks.

    Yikes, too long a post! Sorry.

    ML
     

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