Technique for Practicing Quietly

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ric232, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

    Jun 6, 2010
    Nothing is better than being a trumpet player.

    And, like an upright bass, the trumpet gives vibrational feedback as well as audio feedback. This doesn't occur much (or at all) with voice or guitar. It's nice for a change to be able to feel your intonation, not just hear it.:cool:

  2. Markie

    Markie Forte User

    Jan 4, 2009
    Clarksburg, WV
    rick sez:
    Most of the time, there is a double buzz going on and some cracked notes.
    Hi Rick,
    As you know this is a blogsite and that means the best we can do is give advice for you to determine if it is worthy.
    With that said give this a try. Its free:
    Read Mouthpiece Pressure Assessment to see if you have any of these symptoms.
    Watch Urban Agnas's videos on "Flow"
    In addition, here's something to try for your soft note practice.
    When you play soft start out like this:
    Put the trumpet up to your lips and blow very softly. So soft in fact that no note comes out. Then slowly start doing what you need to do to get the lips to vibrate ever so slightly.
    This is VERY HARD TO DO! and in the beginning you'll blat out the notes. The trick is to gradually change the air sound to trumpet sound.
    You'll know you're doing it correctly since the notes that come out sound and feel more like very quiet overtones.
    Good luck
  3. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    thanks for the tips - actually my hearing loss is the range above 3KHz (can't hear high pitch, violins and birds)-- that is a function of heredity, and cumulative noise over the years (guns, factories, tractors, etc.) without ear protection --- so always wear hearing protection for motorsports, lawnmowing, target practice, etc --- especially if your young, cause you won't realize the damage until middle age --- when it is too late - so hearing aids only amplify the sound -- they can't replace actual lost hearing. (so I can function with peoples voices, and hear more or less monotone trumpet notes. I have been tested for about 10 yrs, and have been able to NOT loose anymore hearing by using hearing protection.
    that said -- that is only the quantitative hearing -- the quality of hearing in one ear is more like that of playing the trumpet into a plastic bucket.
    perhaps in the future --10 or 15 years -- a cochlear implant will suffice.

    anyways -- if you get nothing out of this, except one thing --- PLEASE USE HEARING PROTECTION FOR NOISES ABOVE NORMAL SPEAKING VOLUME ---

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