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G-bugles and Pitch
So, I think I'm going to go on the field this year with a Drum Corps, after 20 years (the mini-corps I play with is a stage corps). The last few days I've been playing on a G-bugle (yep, some senior corps still use them instead of the more common Bb).
I've had a heck of time finding my pitch on the valved bugle...I grew up playing them, but it doesn't seem that I have that frame of reference anymore.
To me it seems that many of the pitches are so close together that you really have to attack a note to hit the right one! Also, where in the scale the pitches are closest is weird...
Anyone have any advice or similar experience?
'54 Conn 28b Connstellation
Warburton 1MD/Austin Custom Brass A1 Backbore
Bach 1D (custom rim)
Austin Custom Brass, Custom Lead Mouthpiece (14A-A1)
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Re: G-bugles and Pitch
I loved playing those things (piston - rotor for me) back in the day!
I remember them as being big and loud! to this day I can only play a large bore horn and huge
mouthpiece. I don't remember any real tuning or slotting problems to overcome from Bb trumpet though.
then again you are probably on a three valve model that didn't exist in my day.
I'd say that it is just a getting used to it kind of thing. check the gap just in case.
try the Bob Reeves paper trick to check the gap.
Last edited by homebilly; 12-06-2011 at 02:24 AM.
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