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Apr
16
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
@supercat: interesting, I am not sure I understand it all though.
Apr
15
comment Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
I've heard the lip buzz amplifier theory many times, but I am a bit skeptical. If you can play the trumpet, try and play a comfortable clean middle G, then remove the mouthpiece from your lips. You are not buzzing, just blowing. Likewise, I can play tones with such spacing between my lips that they could not be possibly buzzing. Now I don't want to go too far and call it a myth before I have more evidence, specially since buzzing is such a great work-out.
Apr
12
answered Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
Mar
28
comment What does it mean to write a song in a certain key?
@slim: Bm has a F# (I don't mean you should put the b5 in there, but maybe omit Bm altogether). A7sus4 in A major would feel like a C# is missing, but mostly like a G# was altered to G.
Feb
25
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Jan
3
revised What scale is this? ( A B C# D E F G A)
added 4 characters in body
Nov
12
comment What are the practical reasons for still having transposing instruments?
"Why do we write music in keys other than C?": fantastic :) A technical reason: in the case of the trumpet, the low G on a Bb trumpet is occasionally used (not very often, but not too seldom either), and you can't reach it with a C or D trumpet.
Nov
7
comment Could B♭ instruments be built in C? Why are they in B♭ in the first place?
In the case of the brass instruments at least, the original instruments had no valves or slides, so the difference between an instrument in C or Bb was big. Trumpet players had to switch horns when the piece modulated, and had quite boring parts, limited to the tones they could play without valves. Why the trumpet settled on a Bb base later on, I don't know. Note also that the C trumpet is rather popular in classical music, at least for solists.
Nov
7
comment Key signature for writing in modes other than major and minor
That is also the way I prefer, singers would tend to fall back to D minor otherwise.
Oct
30
answered Why is the key included in classical music titles?
Oct
30
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@teodozjan: I don't think that not naming songs with the key is a sign of lack of music theory knowledge. There are plenty of very advanced composition that go by an unique name, for example in jazz.
Oct
30
comment Why is the key included in classical music titles?
@WheatWilliams: ha, I recognize this. "- what are you singing? - oh, it's this piece called Requiem. Beautiful."
Oct
25
revised How to hit right partials on brass?
One octave down ftw!
Oct
25
comment How to hit right partials on brass?
Are you calling C below staff "middle C"? For me there is low C (below the staff), middle C, high C (two ledger lines above staff), double high C (which I cannot play).
Oct
25
revised How to hit right partials on brass?
Half a step up from F is F#
Oct
24
comment Proper way to finger Flugelhorn
@NReilingh: oh... I am so tired. Klocka is the swedish word for bell. Sorry.
Oct
24
answered How to hit right partials on brass?
Oct
24
comment Proper way to finger Flugelhorn
But I think the valve flugelhorn rather discourages this technique. The clock being on the right of the valve group, and quite large, your right hand can't get as close to the valves as with a trumpet. Maybe some are tempted to grip the clock tighter than they would a trumpet lead pipe...
Oct
24
comment Proper way to finger Flugelhorn
Agreed with supporting the instrument with the left hand. The hook for the right pinky should be used only for wah-wah or plunger action. I actually practiced a while with my pinky on top of the hook rather than inside, and a champagne cork in my hand. It has the further advantage of lessening the possibility to press the mouthpiece against the lips :)
Oct
23
accepted Metric modulation, ordering of the notes around the equals sign