Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
My private teacher echoed this first statement. He's wanting me to sing the song, exercise, scale first to get it into my ears, and then play it on the trumpet. He feels like, in this way, you get the notes in your head, and can hear them there, it's easier to hit the notes and play in tune.
That last one (#10) is just common sense.
i actually noticed this for myself during practice the other day. (after watching that tine thing helseth video - nice jumps!) especially since i'm learning with a mute in, its even more important to hear the note before you play it. without it, my notes sound shaky, and i have trouble hitting anything. if i can hear the note in my head first, it comes out clear as glass. (and when i take the mute out then play? look out baby lol)
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After quite a lot of experimenting with the KORG tuner on my jazz recordings, I've come to these conclusions:
1. I have way too much free time on my hands.
2. Not many useful conclusions can be drawn from this activity ... except,
3. If you want to hear what it sounds like to play exceptionally well in tune, in a small combo jazz setting, listen to Lee Morgan's "Candy" album. By the meter, it is so spot on with intonation, it's almost scary. And the recording itself is so perfectly engineered, that Lee's playing is way out front and that's just meter-friendly.
My favorite use of this KORG tuner is to have it on all the time while I'm playing along with CDs, the radio and movie soundtracks. You can suss out the key within seconds and get a pretty accurate reference to where the music is at any given moment. I just glance at it, I don't stare at it.
This works extremely well for anything slow and especially well for simple music structures like folk, pop and blues. It has a more limited value for fast music, especially fast jazz where the meter often looks more like a metronome.
It's revolutionized my thinking while I'm playing along with all this variety of music. It's like there's a guy shouting out the key to you and the major changes. Now, I don't have to wonder what key we're in and can immediately think about scales to use.
One thing that I think is ultimately the most important on intonation is to use your ears. Each situation that you play in is unique and sometimes the other you pay with (including the piano players!!) may not be "in tune". the more you use your ears to tune the better they get!! Aural training and a bit of work with a tuner is important but surely you would agree that an "in tune" trumpet player with a group that may be a bit flat or sharp or both may not be the best thing.
I also notice that when I listen to and transcribe great players that they are very rarely locked into a tempered scale but tend to be more flexible and expressive through the use of intonation as a compositional tool. I'd be interested to hear what others think about this angle.
ps. Bring back A432 I say!!
That Zig Kanstul is a brilliant man, my Kanstul came tuned from the factory…….
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