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I was listening to Chris Botti impressions, and thought for sure I heard him hum near the end of track six. I also suspect that Herb Alpert is a hummer, being a singer and a trumpet player.
I started humming on purpose trying to play the cornetto, which is a pain center tone on, then transferred the concept to cornet and trumpet, I find it helps my technique quite a bit, especially air speed and lower pressure. I recall Mendez in a youtube video saying never use more air than when talking, which makes sense.
My singing improves as well. I don't do it all the time, because my vocal chords get tired since I am a bass and sing the pitches is hard, and I am afraid of damaging them.
I suspect vocal chord damage from singing into the horn is why Miles Davis voice sounded like a bull frog walking on gravel with bare feet, that and chain smoking.
I vaguely remember that French hornists have a habit of humming harmonies while they play - a sort of brass equivalent of double-stopping.
On the other hand, I may have been drunk during that particular conversation.
Bb Trumpets: Yamaha YTR-6335HSII - Flip Oakes "Wild Thing" - 1972 Getzen Eterna "Severinsen" - 1980 Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign Studio - B&S 3005 WTR-L - 1963 Besson 10-10 - Monke Mystery Horn - Spiri Vario
C Trumpet: Inderbinen Alpha 200
Bb Bass: 1961 Holton #58 "Symphony"
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