Taking it up a half step.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

    Jul 14, 2010
    Recently I have been heeding the advice that Maynard Fergusen gives, and I have been playing all the songs I normally play up half of a step. I have played them so much transposing is actually pretty easy. It is kind of fun. Have any of you ever tried doing that?
  2. hup_d_dup

    hup_d_dup Piano User

    May 28, 2009
    Tewksbury, NJ, USA
    No, but I play Arban exercises written in C – and there are lots of 'em – in C# and Cb. Good way to get the fingers working in those keys.

    There are also some exercises – not as many – in A minor. I play them in A# minor and Ab minor.
  3. Webbsta

    Webbsta New Friend

    Nov 9, 2005
    Yes, but you don't have to stop at a single half step. I'll sometimes practice sections of things up several keys. Not only is it a great workout for the brain, but when you get back to the original key for performance, everything feels easy and relaxed.


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