Trumpet Discussion Discuss Screamers mouthpiece in the General forums; Originally Posted by tobylou8
King, you are correct. Practice and only practice will develop your range.
I respectfully disagree...I have ...
Re: Screamers mouthpiece
I respectfully disagree...I have a Shilke 6A4A and after a few minutes of playing notes on it above C, I begin to really scream ...me, not the horn. Then I remove my crooked lower central incisor from the back of my lower lip, and start playing again with my regular mouthpiece.
Originally Posted by tobylou8
Oh, I get it. you're talking about the trumpet screaming, not the owner...
Seriously, I fully agree with practice being the only way to get there. After one full year as a comeback player, I can finally claim an E above the staff. What this does for me is firmly solidify the C above the staff, the top of the range for most compositions. I spend most of my practice time ensuring my tone is smooth, playing long pianissimo notes for breathing control to create consistency of tone and volume, also lip slurs, and partials. I do have very crooked lower teeth (natural bubba teeth) and I have to keep pressure on my mouthpiece at a minimum to ensure endurance, and follow my mentor's advice of "more meat in the mouthpiece" to develop range while minimizing pressure. The range truly seems to have come along as a by-product of hours of practice.
Practice, practice, practice!!!
JBKIRBY 1913 Conn Circus Bore Cornet Early 1970s Getzen Eterna Flugelhorn 1972 Olds Pinto Bb Trumpet (Weird Horn!) 1969 Conn 38B Connstellation Bb Trumpet I was playing once and afterwards, a little boy approached me and stated that he played the trumpet. I asked, "Do you play like I do?" and he replied, "I used to."
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