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    Switching to Cornet

    Thinking of switching my major instrument from trumpet to cornet, what should I consider? Will there be major articulation changes? What about mouthpieces and embouchure? What pitfalls should I avoid? What should I watch for?
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    I switch between cornet and trumpet with ease. It does feel a bit different but its not some foreign beast, nothing should dramatically change your playing on cornet.
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    I learned on a King American Standard cornet, and when my grandson took it to learn on, I bought a Cleveland American Standard trumpet, from after King had bought the company. All the slides interchange except the main slide, and they are both silver plated, so we have to be careful not to mix up the slides, but I'm not sure why. I don't think there will be any problem in the playing, switching from a trumpet to a cornet, but you might notice a slight difference in the sound.
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    If playing the cornet as a trumpet is your intention then it's all the same. If you're going to play cornet then there is a bit to learn
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    Well, that's what he's asking.

    BeatupGetzen, what type of music are you playing? Are you, for example, changing from classical trumpet to jazz cornet? Are you using articulations, etc., the same, musically, or will you be making a change in style also?
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    Cornet for classical mostly. Although where the music suits it I can see myself pulling it out for pops in our wind ensemble and jazz I'm sure. I'm asking for experiences any serious cornet players might have. In the same way that a C trumpet length or different bore size changes how a trumpet blows, and makes subtle changes to how you play. I'm wondering specifically how the increased restriction and change in projection feels and what to do to really make it sing. I know any three valve player can hop on and go, but I intend to do more than just double for novelty.
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    No guarantee of extra restriction depending on cornet choice. But you will hear yourself sooner so there's that to adjust to. I believe myself that the cornet takes a bit more effort to articulate well.
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

    These days, I play cornet and trumpet about 50/50. For the last 20 years or so, though, I've played much more cornet than trumpet. My cornets are larger bore than my trumpets and I play them on larger mouthpieces, so the trumpet feels more restrictive to me. I've found that varying the mouthpiece used on cornet can somewhat tailor it to the music you're playing, but the cornet loses its good traits and just becomes a weak trumpet when you go too small with your mouthpiece choice.

    You will hear yourself better on cornet, and it won't project as well as a trumpet. Cornets work well in smaller, more intimate groups/settings, so you have to pick your weapon wisely. Playing cornet in a trumpet section is generally a no-no, but playing cornet part on cornet in a mixed section is a nice endeavor. Of course, there's always brass band and classic solo work, which are cornet territory.

    As for style and articulation, that really depends on the music you're playing. Cornets are nice for the technical stuff, and can be made to really sing on melodic sections. Take advantage of these attributes and people will take notice. Sometimes, only a trumpet will do, but if it fits, I always prefer the cornet.
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    Re: Switching to Cornet

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    Cornets work well in smaller, more intimate groups/settings, so you have to pick your weapon wisely.
    Dale, have you heard the Jack Daniel Silver Cornet Band? Don't even know if they still exists. Definitely not a British Brass Band but an American, maybe turn of the century-type band. Heard them years ago and it was a wonderful evening. Just curious.
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    Yes, I know a guy who used to play cornet in it. I don't know if the band still exists, though. I live about 40 miles from the Jack Daniels distillery.
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