The difference between a pro trumpet player and an amateur?

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  1. mike ansberry

    mike ansberry Forte User

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    Just got back from my appt. with an ENT in Nashville who specializes in musicians. In the course of the exam he mentioned that a friend of his had done a study of what goes on in the oral cavity while playing brass instruments. The Houston Symphony brass players and other brass players who do not perform at a professional level were used in this study. One major difference that was noted is that the pro players play with their vocal chords wide open. Those who do not play at that level have them at least partially closed.

    Hmmm.
     
  2. Rapier

    Rapier Forte User

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    Depends how you were taught.
     
  3. Conntribution

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    I conclude the chief difference is the number of quality gigs, not forgetting counting the money when you get home.
     
  4. gbshelbymi

    gbshelbymi Mezzo Piano User

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    Talent? Dedication? Practice?
     
  5. Buck with a Bach

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    Practice, practice,practice:oops:
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    I believe one factor to take into account was the use of professional orchestral players. There are times we need a compact sound and times we need the sound to roll out the bell, like a big soft sound pillow. In order to achieve this we need a relaxed but working body, good posture and good breathing. Relaxation is as important as tension when playing loudly.
     
  7. mike ansberry

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    I tend to agree with the findings of the study. It is ONE factor. If you constrict the air flow in your throat it seems to me that you would then not get sufficiently "supported" air flow to the embouchure. What happens to the flow through a fire hose if you constrict the middle of it? (oh, boy. I can almost feel the mathematical and physical analysis about ready to fly here)
     
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  8. gmonady

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    I have seen comparison studies between pros and amateurs that look at breathing differences and lip placement on the mouthpiece. These too showed differences as well. I believe with experience (many above call this practice) you find the technique that is ideal, based on feedback from sensory nerve receptors in your lips that feedback to both breathing centers in the brain and local motor tone of the lip muscles.
     
  9. gmonady

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    He's gotta get more exciting friends... perhaps one that plays golf!:dontknow:
     
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  10. kingtrumpet

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    the difference between a pro --- is they are motivated, energetic, and WANT TO PERFORM their trumpet skills in front of strangers. Now us amatuers, well we are underachievers, would rather stay at home reading a good book on a Saturday night, and could care less if we have a gig, or if only the cat or dog is our audience, because we are certain the cat or the dog will not have any critical critique of our playing ---- neither the cat or dog will applaude, and we just realize, IT IS NOT because they don't appreciate us and our playing, they just don't have hands!!! ---- now if an audience of strangers are capable of clapping and then didn't -- that would hurt our fragile amateur ego's.
     

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