Trumpet Embouchure

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Etiennse, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Etiennse

    Etiennse Pianissimo User

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    I want to learn to play saxophone or some other woodwind instrument. A classmate of mine told me that if I begin to play one as much as I play trumpet it will mess with my embouchure. Is this true?
     
  2. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    No. Apples and oranges
     
  3. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    What he said! Sax is "easier" according to a sax player I know who also plays brass. You just have to mess with reeds and such. They are also more expensive so N+1 is a hassle money-wise.
     
  4. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    I used to play sax...it's definitely WAY easier than brass to get to a certian level. Then like any instrument it's just as hard to get to the "mastery" level. Definitely more expensive too, especially mouthpieces. The only oddball thing about sax and trumpet is how some fingerings are similar. Like A/E on both is 1 & 2 (though on sax you add top 3). Similar with Bb/F and B/F#. Regardless still apples and oranges.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The sax does no damage if you ADD the time required to what you are already doing. If you split the time, you get worse, just like cutting down on practice time without a second instrument.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

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    +1

    I picked up the chromatic harmonica about 2 years ago. Like rowuk said, it won't hurt your trumpet chops, as long as you put in the additional time.

    I think a second instrument helps me. It gives me something musical to do while my trumpet chops are resting. It stretches me, as I need to learn jazz heads in 2 keys (for Bb trumpet and C harmonica). It also gives our jazz trio a unique sound (there aren't too many groups out there with a chromatic harmonica).

    Mike
     
  7. trpt2345

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    Ask Ira Sullivan. Never hurt him none.
     

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