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I would just like to point out that those corks are there for three reasons. The first is to hold the mute inside your bell, the second is to protect the finish on the inner bell from being scratched by the metal of the mute, or vice-versa. The third and perhaps most important is to allow the air a way of getting out of your horn. If you look at the other ...


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Conical vs. cylindrical bore instruments should not be a concern. The bell sections of all brass instruments are conical and the valve sections of all brass instruments are cylindrical--the differences between them are more subtle and occur elsewhere in the instrument. You really just need to try the mute on your cornet. Even within the same family of ...


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Those pieces of cork are what's holding the mute inside your trumpet! I wouldn't recommend removing them - unless you only wish to play lying on your back. Is this a straight mute? You may find a cup mute more effective at muffling your sound - although I'd recommend asking advice on that first. (As Charles mentions, a practice mute with a full ring of cork ...


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You might have to change a bit the way you're strumming the strings. As you're only playing on the bottom 3 strings, you should focus on your strumming hand in order to reduce your movement, maybe you go too far. This is not a "full chord" strumming, you should stop your movement sooner in order to avoid touching the 3 string you don't want to play. ...


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With the electric guitar, I make the power chords using just the index finger to press the 6th, 5th and 4th strings. With the rest of your index finger you can mute the top three strings, and you still have the other fingers to add more notes if you ever need them. It might be a little more difficult doing that on an acoustic guitar because of the string ...


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You should try out practice mutes in a shop. Look for the one with best intonation, that the one that detunes your horn as little as possible. My experience with the Yamaha silent brass is awful, especially with the headphones. Last time I played with it I could barely play at the next rehearsal. I guess it's easy to overblow since the headphones kind of ...


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An alternative to buying a pricey mute like the Silent Brass system is to simply make your own, if you don't mind spending some time on a do-it-yourself project. When I was a poor college student looking to save all the money I could, I found instructions for making a practice mute out of a Renuzit brand air freshener with some simple electronics to hook up ...


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All depends on personal style. You can use the ties to mute strings or overtones you don't wish to ring, in which case the applicable tension depends on how hard you play. You can also use a product like the GruvGear Fretwraps to provide adjustable tension. I find muting overtones also works well when tracking bass-to-MIDI. Victor Wooten also uses a ...


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The Silent Brass is really just a practice mute with a microphone in it, and the rest of the system is just a cheapo headphone amp. I have one but I rarely bother putting the headphones on. So the first thing to check out would be a simple practice mute. They produce a ton of back pressure so you don't want to play on them exclusively and get used to it, ...


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By using your middle, ring and little finger on 6th, 5th and 4th strings respectively, you can still use the index finger to mute the top three strings.Try it and let me know.


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You can press strings 4,5 and 6 with finger 1, and mute strings 1,2 and 3 with finger 3 or finger 4 (about 2 frets up from finger 1)


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Sorry to be a wet blanket, but the correct answer is: do NOT practice in the dorm . I speak as a longtime musician who spent countless hours in practice rooms and practice cubes provided by college music departments for exactly that reason. Aside from the fact that, even with a heavy mute, you will annoy other dorm residents, you can't learn an instrument ...


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I have no simple solution to this problem. Most cellists I know keep their mute on the strings for their orchestra cello, usually close to the tailpiece, were the effect is minimum. Of course, having a large wolf-eliminator blocks this possibility, as you describe, because you have to remove it from the strings then put it again on the bridge. But, unless ...


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Do yourself the biggest favor and purchase the Yamaha Silent mute. Ether the new $200 model or the old $100 model. Either feels virtually natural, and volume is not an issue. They have microphone pickups in the mute so when you plug the system in, it sounds quite real. As a pro player, this thing has saved me on many occasions. Warming up before gigs is the ...


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Bobby Shew names a mute made in Sweden (how ironic, given your name) in the following words: There is a company in Sweden that makes the Dizzy Gillespie model mutes which, when you can find them, are worth purchasing although very expensive. The cup in this set is made of a white plastic and separates into two pieces, one of which looks like a ...


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No you'll be fine. I don't think I've ever found a trumpet mute to be un-usable in a cornet. You may find that you prefer the sound and feel of different mutes in different instruments though. This of course will vary depending on the instrument and the player.



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