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!
Rather than making my horn heavier, I am working on making the player heavier. I'll let you know how that works out, but I've already ruled out wearing a heavy cap (hurts my neck)...
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Piece of crap alto horn
Almost the same thing here...Went fishing with my dad once and it was not a good day. All the guys out there (including us) with their bass boats, radar, multiple rods with just the right lure for every conceivable situation ready to reel them in and nobody had nothing in their boats. As we were all loading up, some little old man in a wooden boat and a couple cane poles with worms attached pulled up to the dock. The bottom of his boat was full of fish. Pretty only counts in beauty contests.
I used to do sanctioned BBQ cookoffs. Seen plenty of guys with 100k RV's, 20k+ smokers, computer controlled temperature sensors get the ribs handed to them by some toothless cooter in a straw hat and bib overalls cooking on some old barrel he made in his backyard.
When the judge is tasting your entry they have no idea how much money you spent to make it. Same thing with trumpets. The audience has no idea what you are playing... it only matters how it sounds.
Play whatever equipment makes YOU sound better. Do heavy caps work? Sure...if you believe they do! Maybe it is a placebo effect. I don't know.
Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder
You just need a decent microphone and you are on your way to computing millions of use(less)ful factoids.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
Nothing is more contagious or tenacious than music. Once you are exposed it gets inside you and you can never get rid of it. It is also non-discriminating. It can be Ride of the Valkyries, In a Gadda da Vida, the Jeopardy 15 second thinking tune, your most disliked commercial jingle - it doesn't matter. Once triggered, off you go, like it or not.
Well, Lots of people have chimed in most without any real experience with heavy caps or tone enhancers. While there are a ton of useless gimmicks for the trumpet, sometimes something works for some people. beyond so called theories there is direct experience or what I like to call "field testing" At first I was skeptical about the heavy caps and mpc weights. When I tried them I tried various combinations. I found that what made a noticeable difference was when I use the Curry heavy bottom valve caps and his Mega Sleeve mpc weight. I when I used them together everything on the horn became easier. Slotting, control of dynamics, ease and control of the extreme registers. My sound has a denser core with better resonance. I didn't have to work as hard to play. Now the difference in response was slight, but enough that I use the caps and weight on all my horns and mpcs.
Now some people don't like the results they get which is fine. For me it worked with the way I play. Besides anything that actually makes the job of playing easier, I'm all for it. When you are getting paid to play sometimes demanding music, I want as much as possible in my favor. You are only as good as your last gig and they don't like excuses.
But I've never advertised it and I really don't talk to my students about it. because they don't play well enough to tell the difference.
Bob Grier, An Old Pro
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