Trouble notes on the trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Invisible-Bob, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Invisible-Bob

    Invisible-Bob New Friend

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    Are there any particular notes on the trumpet that are inherently problematic? I know on other musical instruments like the flute there are certain notes that are just hard because of the nature of the instrument but doesn't have anything to do with being a high note. Is this the same for the trumpet? And while I'm at it I might as well ask if the experienced players need a warm up before they can play? If I rest just for 15 minuets my embouchure is stiff and I have to loosen it up. BTW I've only been playing about 6 months.
     
  2. kingtrumpet

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    YES --- all notes are hard on the trumpet --- so you must practice ----YES, if I sit for too long (ie. band practice, while the woodwinds keep screwing up) -then my lips get a littls stiff ---------YES, you should warm up for a few minutes to get the blood flowing in your lips. SOME pro's will come on here, and tell you they don't need a warmup, BUT you heard it from me first --- ignore those people. ps. I am a comebacker and have been playing the last 3 years.
     
  3. Invisible-Bob

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    All are hard sure but are there any particular notes that are more difficult than the rest?
     
  4. kingtrumpet

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    low F#, and between the G on top of the staff and the high C (2nd ledger) there are a few "false" notes that can be hit in there, and someone is sure to tell you that the Ab in that range is difficult. Then of course, you have the D below the staff -- not inherently hard to hit, but usually needs to have the third valve slide out, so it is hard to get into tune at first. so there are at least 3 notes to think about!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Invisible-Bob

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    That's good know so that if I have trouble I'll know it's not just me.
     
  6. DaTrump

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    I second the high Ab! That note is the devils work. The issue is with notes about G on the top of the staff is really any combination of buttons will let the note speak, just not in tune. Also, D and E in the staff are not fun as well.
     
  7. MSfortissimo

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    Why are we not mentioning C# below the staff!?

    It is worse than the D a half step above it, in fact, in my experience, it's the worst note on the entire instrument!

    I often have to double the amount of 3rd valve slide on that note compared to the D.
     
  8. DaTrump

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    Oops! Can't forget that note!
     
  9. jiarby

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    I do low D with 3rd valve, then add 1st valve for C# (with ears keenly listening...)
    For me the biggest problem is between the high G & A (4 ledger lines). It is hard to get a smooth even sound doing something like clarke #2 exercises that cross the threshold there. Starting on high E and doing Clarke #2 turns into trouble around Ab-A.
     
  10. Chuck Cox

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    My D above the staff played best open ( not the 1st valve ). F# to G# top of staff is a strange jump too.
     

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