technique for bugle?

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  1. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

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    I got a bugle today- rexraft us army regulation with a rexcraft mouthpiece. I'm not the most awesomest trumpet player or anything, but I think I get a decent sound. I'm getting a very airy sound out of the bugle. I tried on cornet- not airy, then bugle- and very airy. i even tried the cornet mouthpiece in the bugle and even though it's a very loose fit (too skinny), the sound is not airy. I don't see any holes in the tubing or anything. Does one have to use a different embouchure or other technique to play bugle? Should I just get a trumpet mouthpiece for it? (I do have a trumpet mouthpiece- somewhere.)

    (My son is going to become a boy scout and he is going to earn the bugling merit badge. My 12 yo daughter wants to give it a shot as well. I might have offered a handsome reward for learning this instrument...)
     
  2. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    I've never used a special embouchure for a bugle. Could you clarify what mouthpiece sounds airy please, is it the one you got with the bugle, and if so could you describe it
     
  3. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

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    buglemouthpiece.jpg

    I hope that works. That's a photo of the rexcraft mouthpiece that came with the bugle. That is the one I'm having trouble with. I play very airily. It says nothing other than Rexcraft on the mouthpiece.
     
  4. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    Those particular bugle mouthpieces are terrible. Use a trumpet mouthpiece - it will fit fine and sound much better.
     
  5. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

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    I use a trumpet mouthpiece in my bugle.
     
  6. christineka

    christineka Pianissimo User

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    It's not cheating then? That's great news. I will hunt through all the boxes of stuff in my house or find a cheap trumpet mouthpiece.
     
  7. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    Not cheating, at least as far as I'm concerned. I have 3 bugles and use a trumpet mouthpiece on every one. You want the bugle calls you play to sound good without fighting a crappy mouthpiece.
     
  8. mrsemman

    mrsemman Piano User

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    Christine,

    A bugle has been known to have been called a "field trumpet", if that makes any difference to you; and I also use a trumpet mouthpiece in my bugle.
     
  9. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

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    That's right - those U.S. Regulation/Boy Scout "bugles" are technically field trumpets. A real bugle is conical from the mouthpiece receiver all the way to the bell flare.
     
  10. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you, blame the time difference (I'm from the UK) but others have given you the advice I would have done, wow a case where we actually agree with a mouthpiece change, where's my diary I must mark it down. (For use the next time some kid wants us to ok his/her mouthpiece safari I can use "there has only been one time we've agreed on a mouth piece change........)
     

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