I know that this range stuff is major BS.
Not everyone CAN or will EVER be able to play serious high notes. The same factors that keep the average joe from being a successful swimmer, football player, marathon runner, reliable wife or husband, good teacher or pastor, politician or even president also apply to the trumpet. The major points are physical qualities, mental aptitude, true desire to win, luck enough to have the right people around you at the right time and the freedom with your time to be able to invest where it is important. If some high school kid needs 3-4 hours a day for homework and studying, you can hang up specialty trumpet playing except for the VERY few.
I think that it is major crap from people that should know better to put range on a pedestal and then have the nerve to call it achievable just because some high school kid mentions it. You obviously have not looked at what goes on in their heads, with their days or with their friends.
There are many things that we can earn/do in life and a ton of strategies to use, this blind internet advice really does get me going sometimes. I wish club robinson was not one THE major recommended factor.
Now, if we look at the responsible approach here, it is not to dissolve dreams. It is to instill faith in the fact that trumpet CAN be fun for the rest of us! A double C is not significant for fun or even moderate success.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I have a very consistent B above High C, but I can't even get a note out of a 6a4a! I do use a shallow mouthpiece for lead, however- a combination of a Schilke 14a cup with a Warburton rim and a Warburton 11* back (which is very, very large and open).
PS: I can use a Jet Tone "A" model, with a 22 throat, however!
Last edited by Dave Hughes; 11-20-2011 at 06:35 PM.
'54 Conn 28b Connstellation
Warburton 1MD/Austin Custom Brass A1 Backbore
Bach 1D (custom rim)
Austin Custom Brass, Custom Lead Mouthpiece (14A-A1)
"There's no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger & unhappiness"
Mohandas K. Gandhi
Rowuk, that was rude and un-called for. That's not what I meant at all! You misunderstood... I wasn't saying that it's only pushing air fast with your abdomen. But you have to do that, verily.
And plus, I don't call myself a pro thanks. Did you see me say "THUS SAYETH THE PRO!!!!" huh? did you? no, didn't think so. I'm a student, in high school, just trying to help with what I've been taught. If you're goinna act all rude about it, then fine. You're right, obviously, because you have so much more experience than I do. But still, you didn't need to be so rude.
Got rhymes with "hot" not hard:
"It makes no difference
If it's sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Everything you've got"
Now ewe awl nough how it goze. BTW, Gmonady has to bee a docktor becaws he cain't spel.
Thus sayeth the boid.
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.
"we are trumpet players on TM -- we cause ulcers, but we don't get them -- or "trumpet players better develop thick skin, else they will get eaten alive by their audience" ---- or something similiar.
so my advice is to NOT get too bent out of shape for some of the TM'rs responses that seem too harsh --- some are having a bad day, some are just naturally harsh, and some just had a fight with their wife, or worse yet -- they just threw their horn across the room because their most recent practice they figured out they just plain suck at the trumpet --- or at least for that 1 practice.
I would like to encourage you to keep putting input on TM --- whether you are in high school or not, you still have very valuable input --- that is my opinion, and somebody else will have another opinion -- so play, be happy, and continue to add to TM
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