Things neat to know as a geek trumpet player:
behavioral science (especially of animals)
Foreign languages to read the originals (French and German are VERY useful)
Advanced Market dynamics (we have to eat from something)
Professional beer tasting
Calorie content of fast and not so fast food
What we don't need as a geek is very much music. It is sufficient when we can believably post about it..........................
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
Seriously, my high shool cousellor said that since I was going toward a music scholarship, and wanted to be a trumpet player/band director, there was no need to take math or science. I took my ACT having only gone through one semester of Algebra 2, and having taken no science courses.
Undergraduate school was little better, though educational psychology was great!
Physics, anatomy, human biology, trignometry, calculus...all interests now (at age 51).
I feel like there's an IQ of 133 in there somewhere that's never been tapped!
Right - so, when I make raspberries in one end, the trumpet makes a noise. The sound output varies depending on what I do with those raspberries. Some output is ugly some is really very pretty (musically) - the trick, it seems, is to play the pretty stuff - if you can. You don't have to be a physicist to play trumpet, but if you like to know why it works this discussion is a nice starting point. If you only have to know THAT it all works then have a cheese, lettuce, and Vegemite sandwich with a beer, and relax.
Seriously though, Nick Drozdoff has some very interesting discussions on his website about this subject - good visual demos too. Jason Harrelson builds trumpets with ROWUK's standing wave as the essential design criterium and his website, too is a fascination.
Again I learn more. Well done all - nice thread.
ROWUK: "Right On Without Unnecessary Kisses."
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
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Olds Recording ('58, '59, '60)
Olds Super ('51, '63, '66, '67, '68, '69)
Olds Standard ('46)
Olds SuperStar ('71, '72)
Olds Studio ('55, '59, '70)
Olds Special ('51, '56, '58, '60, '62,'68,'73)
Olds Ambassador (a few: '49-'79)
Olds Flugelhorn ('70)
(+Eastman, Besson 609 , Conn Director, King Cleveland, Holton Collegiate, Blessing Accord,
Conn Severinsen, York, Yamaha, Getzen, Amati, Revelle, Bundy, Alcazar)
Perfect 5th, perfect 4th, major 3rd, minor third, minor third, major 2nd...
Bb: Courtois 305 "Elite", Holton Al Hirt Special (~1966), Benge 3x with Upturned bell (1973)
C: Bach C180-239 (Akwright conversion),
Cornet: Conn Wonder (1900)
Picc: Selmer Paris, ~1971
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"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he wouldn't bother trying to say it in music."
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