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Trumpet Discussion Discuss After beats in the General forums; A technique I've heard is to 'play' the on beats through the nose. Sort of like a quiet hum and ...
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    Re: After beats

    A technique I've heard is to 'play' the on beats through the nose. Sort of like a quiet hum and then articulate the off beat. Oom through the nose, Pah through the mouthpiece

    Having played tenor horn in Brass bands for over 20 years, I know a bit about off beat playing.
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    Re: After beats

    I have my students play 8ths on the beat and off the beat, step two is to accent the off beat, step three is to group two sets of these on/offbeats together only tapping the foot on the first 8th. Finally, we don't play the unaccented note.

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    Re: After beats

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I worked with a metronome yesterday and feel somewhat better already. I'll keep at it.
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    Re: After beats

    Quote Originally Posted by kehaulani View Post
    - - similarly listen for the tuba and bass drum to give you the down beats
    I play my Conn F-Horn (with trumpet mouthpiece) in a couple of local community bands. Playing up-beats (how I always refered to them) is the staple of our parts, especially in marches. The tuba is my guide here. I listen to what they are playing, then just play when they're not. Getting a stable, consistent, rhythm going between the lower "oom" and the higher "pah" is the goal.
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