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Flugel is far more conical than cornet. Cornet is only just barely not cylindrical and is really just slightly sweeter than trumpet, while flugel is so dramatically conical that the design involves moving the valve cluster way up so that the bell can take up the majority of the instrument, and is more akin to a euphonium. That's what's responsible for the ...


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It's very different! The mouthpiece is smaller than a trumpet's, yet the instrument's range covers that of a trombone. And, while you can get away with playing flugelhorn like a trumpet, if you play the horn like a trumpet not many people are going to want to listen to you. My advice would be to essentially relearn the horn fingerings from scratch instead ...


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Another key reason for tonal variation between the two is the mouthpiece design. Although a typical true cornet mouthpiece is generally deeper and more funnel shaped than a modern trumpet mouthpiece, it is less so than a typical flugel piece. Other factors include bell size, the way the bell flares earlier and faster on a flugel than a cornet, the way the ...


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Unfortunately the design of most piston-valve flugelhorns encourages that kind of playing technique, but it really should be avoided if possible. Actuating the valves with the middle of your fingers actually makes you work a lot harder since the movement of the tip of your finger is amplified as though it were a lever over a fulcrum. You should try to keep ...


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1. Hearing If you know how the part is supposed to sound (either because you've heard it before, or because you can read music sufficiently well to hear the melody in your head), then you can obviously notice when the sound you play does not match. It can be a problem if you are playing in a very loud ensemble and can't really hear yourself (think 3rd ...


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When I first started playing, I had much of the same problem as you. In fact, for the first month, I played every last partial wrong and I sounded terrible. However, I started going to the lowest partial I could hit (low C). I counted up from there. I had to do this before every piece for a while to "find my place". After that, I knew by listening whether I ...


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I love my Denis Wick 2F. It is very deep (small bore). You may be aware that there are different bore size standards, the french standard being much smaller than the US, resulting in a more mellow sound. I never play only the flugelhorn at a gig, so I appreciate the contrast between my trumpet and my flugelhorn. I don't want to swap instruments and have ...



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