Years ago when I was a student my teacher lined up some duo work for the both of us, mostly playing weddings. Often I would do the 1st part on my Bb and he would play a descant (or would you say 2nd?) on top of that on his piccolo. Or else, he did 1st on the piccolo and I would do 2nd on Bb. Either way, I still remember getting shivers down my spine listening to him soar above me in a large stone church. Pics really do have a clarity and purity of tone.
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If your going to learn piccolo then learn it. A lot of people out there will say start on flute and get your embochure down pat and so forth. It really doesnt matter provided you commit yourself to the challenge.
The piccolo uses a faster and tighter air stream to that of a flute
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Piccolo tends to magnify whatever playing tendencies we have on the larger trumpets. It can take time to figure out how it works for you but there's nothing mysterious about it. Good advice is to rest (Rest!) and practice when you're strong (not at the end of practice sessions).
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My four valve Getzen is a sweet one. A late 1970's vintage. Bought it ten years ago and was hardly ever used. Probably because a lot of young trumpet players think high notes will suddenly appear once they buy a pic but not so.
I like it better than any of the extended bell models. The A is very sharp but easily corrected. You do have to use the alternate fingering on the first ledger line A (concert natural). Play it first and FOURTH valve if held longer than an eighth note. Even the third valve alone isn't enough to pull it down in pitch. Yeah it's a little tricky to remember.
In the faster sections just play first and second or third valve.
In church piccolo music I like to use a fairly large mouthpiece for accuracy on cold chops. Which is what Sunday am usually is. Something around a 1C (comparable) if a morning gig. The large piece makes those soft attacks reliable. You probably wouldn't want to use it on the Brandenburg but if the range is only a High D/E or so? Use the bigger piece. Safer.
The problem most "big" trumpet players have is that they blow the crap out of the picc to get the same type of sound. The picc is really a different world where knocking walls down is NOT the first course of action. Elegant is much more enjoyable than great balls of fire!
I find that the name brand rotary piccs generally do not have the intonation issues or the "glare" that the piston instruments do.
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Here is some inspiring display of extreme high picc playing by James Morrison:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7htAkYHYbMo]‪Eröffnungsfanfare des Schagerl Brass Festivals 2011 - European Brass Ensemble / Thomas Clamor‬‏ - YouTube[/ame]
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