Trumpet / Starting Over
 

Trumpet / Starting Over

    
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Trumpet / Starting Over    09:16 on Sunday, August 17, 2014

HotLips
(1 point)

It has been a long time since I played the trumpet / coronet. I also played the French horn but the trumpet was my choice. I was very good and was told I had a great future but football got in the way, including causing many injuries with surgeries. (Bad choice lol) I am getting back and what way should I go. Should I just work on getting my tone back on my own, Learning the music should not be a problem in that I still remember most. I figured working on my tone and getting the muscle built back would be a first before working with someone on perfecting the tone again.

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Re: Trumpet / Starting Over    13:25 on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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Re: Trumpet / Starting Over    20:23 on Thursday, January 08, 2015

Frozen_Hammer
(26 points)

How did you go with starting again? What resources did you use?

I've picked my trumpet up after a long of no playing and I can't play for more than 20 minutes without my lips going numb. A high G is a struggle too now! Whoops...

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Re: Trumpet / Starting Over    07:37 on Friday, January 09, 2015

stephenlines
(2354 points)

To save your lips from going numb I suggest you try to develop a good 'buzz' whilst using minimum pressure against the mouthpiece. The best way of doing this (in my view) is to practice at every opportunity using only the mouthpiece...if you can produce all the notes of the compass by 'buzzing' (by which I mean developing appropriate rates of vibration with the lips)this will help your playing in all areas: tone, tuning and stamina. For embedding the correct fingering into your subconscious will require many hours of practising scales and arpeggios across all keys, major/minor/modal/chromatic.
The harder you press your lips against the mouthpiece the quicker your lips will tire and swell up making playing very hard work.
Best of luck!

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Re: Trumpet / Starting Over    19:10 on Friday, January 09, 2015

Frozen_Hammer
(26 points)

The mouthpiece idea sounds good. I'm comfortable with my fingering, that came flooding back pretty easy, still better hit those scales though to get comfortable with the high notes.

I appreciate your reply.

Cheers!

   

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