Wynton Marsalis -Unbrassy

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  1. anthony

    anthony Mezzo Piano User

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    I was reading an interresting website and in it Wynton Marsalis was explaining about how the trumpet should sound he said " Try to get a rich and pure a sound as you can --an unbrassy sound , the kind with no metal in it Louis Armstrong is a good example .His sound is really bright, but not brassy.It has a core that is warm " I am wondering cause Im new a this a comeback player since Feb. How do you sound UNBRASSY ? Thanks Anthony :play:
     
  2. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    I think what he may mean is a less edgy sound - just one with lots of core and minimal disortion/break-up. The brighter/"brassier" sound you get when you push a horn is i think what he means by "brassy" - so a horn that won't do that would be what he may be looking for?
     
  3. Trumpet guy

    Trumpet guy Forte User

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    So like a flugelhorn?
     
  4. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    The way HE think the trumpet should sound!
     
  5. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    I really don't understand people that want's their trumpet to sound like a flugel or cornet! Why not just play the flugel or cornet...:-)
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Wynton goes through stages just like every other fine musician following their fate. He will see the light and get brassy again.

    You always have to take comments like that carefully. We don't know if the quote was B.S. or not. Wynton would offer that type of advice to a blasting high school stage band, but has made no effort to turn the Lincoln Center ensemble into flute players. They have all the edge in the world when it is called for!
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree. There is a reason that those instruments exist. They are complementary to the trumpet.
     
  8. Pedal C

    Pedal C Mezzo Forte User

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    I've always taken "brassy" to mean the unfocused and distorted sound that some beginners (and some not-so-beginners!) get when they play loud. I don't know if that's what Wynton means, but that's what it means to me.
     
  9. Markie

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    Hi Anthony,
    That's a great question. I'll try and find his link or if anybody else can find it and contact him to explain, this could dispell whether the comment was B.S. or not.
    Until someone verifies the authenticity of the quote, I'll speculate that Marsalis is suggesting that a trumpet player try to get as balanced "spectral" sound as possible.
    Of the people I've heard, (to my ears) one of the most balanced sounding players was Mendez.
     
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