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A brass musical instrument with a flared bell and a bright, penetrating tone. The instrument has tubing looped to form a straight-sided coil, with three valves.

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What is the best way to prepare myself for playing trumpet in a musical?

I am a grade 4 trumpeter and am preparing to play in our school musical "Our House" (inspired by the band Madness). We are peforming this on 3 consecutive evenings and in the afternoon of ...
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When to use Blues scales in jazz

I looked it up and found that the key shows you what blues to use during solos. But I find songs with a key of C but using A blues. Does this mean the key doesn't show when to use specific blues ...
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Order of valves in a trumpet

I'm re-furbishing an old French three valve trumpet. The valves have been mixed up. There are no numbers on them, unlike modern trumpet valves. Is there a simple way to ascertain which valve goes into ...
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Trumpet range inconsistent

Okay so I'm a high level saxophone player who recently picked up trumpet. To natural air support and musical knowledge I've been fairly comfortable with range. One day I suddendly clicked and I was ...
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I can't play the trumpet after a year: reading notes, playing on the same valve

I play the Trumpet for school and I'm done. I started to learn B's and B flats and Low C's and highs C's and sharps and it all became a blur. Most of the notes are played on the same valve so I'm lost....
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What do the Numbers and Letters Represent with Regard to Trumpet Mouthpieces?

I'm refurbishing a trumpet, and it needs a mouthpiece. The numbers and letters on those available seem to have no logic about them at all. Could someone explain what the differences are? EDIT: and ...
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Which fingering system is easier on the Roland AE-01, trumpet or recorder?

The Roland AE-01 (digital wind instrument) has fingering for recorder and trumpet. There is no need to develop blowing technique. I played the trumpet years ago so I can recall some of it. In terms ...
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When you flick a trumpet bell what should it sound like?

I've heard conflicting stories on this - some say that if you flick your trumpet bell and it rings (goes "ping") then it's the sign of a Quality Trumpet. Others are horrified if the bell ...
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How do I keep this trumpet valve in place?

This is the first valve to an older Holton student-model trumpet. The little bump (shown with arrow) is supposed to mate with a little notch inside the valve casing, which keeps it rotated properly ...
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Can bugles play "Bugler's Holiday" (Anderson)?

Bugler's Holiday (Anderson) was apparently written for a trumpet trio (according to various internet-accessible sites that seem to know). My question is: Can it be performed by a bugle trio? (I know ...
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Is curling sides of tongue when playing trumpet a good/bad idea?

I've been exploring ways to control and focus my air stream when playing trumpet with my tongue recently. Many teachers talk about tongue arch and height, and that has a clear and great effect for me ...
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What are good range limits for STARTING a phrase?

Range suggestions abound online, divided by skill level, resonance, and so on. Range is also a big part of trumpet culture: how do trumpet players flex on each other? "I can play higher than you.&...
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How can I get and stay in shape to play 2-hour gigs on the trumpet?

Do I have to play 2-3 hours every day to make sure I can do this, or is there a way to do something like "weight lifting" for the trumpet? I'm self taught, and stamina is an issue. I know ...
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C Trumpet in Beethoven's 5th symphony

For a school assignment, I am playing part of Beethoven's 5th Symphony on keyboards. While analyzing the piece, I'm confused by the trumpet part. In the score I am using, it is written as 'Trombe in C'...
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Efficient ways to octave down notes that exceed range?

Often, I'll come across music with notes that exceed my range. Typically, I will just octave the phrase down, and that usually sounds fine. Recently, I've come across a run, in which if I were to ...
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Would it be considered rude to audition for a solo that's not in my part? [closed]

In my college wind ensemble, we're playing the (band version of) Danzon no. 2 by Arturo Marquez. In the band version, there's trumpet parts and flugelhorn parts, and the band director assigned me to ...
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Glissando, fall, and lip bends on trumpet, what are some good exersices?

I had an artist get recommended to me by another trumpet player, his name is Brandon Ridenour. I just listened to him perform a really clear glissando like the one in Rhapsody in blue. Are there any ...
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What should one look for in buying a practice mute for trumpet?

I'm in the market for a practice mute — something to substantially quiet/silence the instrument so that I can play without waking the neighbors. There are lots of different makes and models, and they ...
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When to abide by Sibelius and not

In the climax of a piece I'm arranging, I want a Bb trumpet to go up to the C two 8ves above Middle C (concert pitch). This is the highest note in the piece. When I write this in Sibelius, I get a ...
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When did trumpet mutes come into use?

My casual understanding is that mutes began to be invented and developed amongst jazz musicians looking to create unique sounds. Certainly I've encountered mutes primarily in jazz playing and also in ...
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What happens when you inhale helium and then play a trumpet?

We all know the silly effect that inhaling helium has on speaking and singing, where some wacky speed-of-sound physics makes our voices sound unnaturally and ridiculously high-pitched. A student ...
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Trouble double tonguing on trumpet

I am a "come-back" trumpet player. Consider being Intermediate level. Have a Yamaha YTR 3335 Trumpet. I try to warm-up and practice daily for 1 hour. I have been concentrating on Single and ...
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How can I improve the sound of my trumpet?

I have two student trumpets at home. The first trumpet I bought over 20 years ago for $80 USD and it's been in my mother's attic since then mostly. The second trumpet is a student rental from a local ...
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What is the quietest way to practice trumpet that is still doable?

I'm in a place where even playing with a mute is too loud. I've heard some good things about silent brass devices. But I was wondering how quiet can you physically get with trumpet and still maintain ...
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Horn & Trumpet and Key Signatures

In reading from 100 Orchestration Tips by Thomas Goss, I've come across a tip which I'm perfectly happy accepting, but (perhaps as I'm not a horn player nor a trumpet player) I do not understand. 34. ...
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How much should I practice trumpet to regain competency? [closed]

I used to play trumpet in band during school (2001-2006), and I haven't played with any regularity since about 2009. I recently was given a trumpet that happened to come with a beginner band book. How ...
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Does the lip really vibrate at the same frequency of a brass instrument?

The resonance of woodwind brass instruments can be modeled after a closed cylindrical pipe and calculated by the equation f = (nv)/(4L) where n denotes the number of harmonics, v the velocity of sound ...
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

I’ve seen in multiple places that professional trumpet players feel like they need daily, or nearly-daily practice in order to maintain capability, let alone improve. How long is it feasible for a ...
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Jazz quartets without chord instrument [closed]

I want to write my degree thesis in music theory on arranging for jazz quartets without chord instruments (i.e. Vibraphone, piano, guitar...). For instance, there are the recordings of Gerry Mulligan ...
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What are the nuts on the rod of my main tuning slide on my trumpet for?

My trumpet has a "steering rod" under the main tuning slide, and on that rod there are three nuts. I wonder what these are for? They could be used for making sure the slide doesn't fall out -...
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Why is the superbone not used more often?

I saw that there is an instrument known as the 'Superbone'. With the slide of a trombone and additional valves like a trumpet, you'd think you would have the best of both worlds. So why is this ...
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Just intonation on a trumpet

How would you realise an intonation system different from equal temperament on a modern trumpet? As a pianist, I can see how that'd be done on a stringed instrument or a trombone, but aren't the ...
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Slurs within slurs

How do I play the slurs with in the larger slur? Can you play this two ways? One big slur or individual slurs?
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Fingering for the fourth valve of the piccolo trumpet

Consider the piccolo trumpet in Bb (like the normal trumpet in Bb but one octave higher). The first three valves lower the main tube by 2,1,3 semitones. The fourth one lowers the tube by a fourth (5 ...
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Double notes in sheet music for b flat trumpet

I played the trumpet couple of years in high school and getting back again. I stumbled across this in some notes. I can understand how it can be played on piano or guitar but is there any way it is ...
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Brass triple tonguing sylables' order. Why "TA TA KA" instead of "TA KA TA"?

I see in all videos on youtube, people say to say "ta ta ka" instead of "ta ka ta" for triple tonging. However, in my mind I always thought it was "Ta ka ta" and so it ...
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Why am I unable to buzz my lips?

First of all, a little bit of context. I have been playing the trumpet for one year and a half already. I am undergoing my second change of embochure, so I really want to do things right not to start ...
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How to practice trumpet with mouthpiece alone?

I heard that trumpeters in a mariachi band are not allowed to pick up the trumpet until they have mastered playing with just the mouthpiece. How would I go about replicating this technique of ...
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Logic Pro X 10.5.1...Certain articulations won't make sound?

I'm trying to do a trumpet fall articulation, and it shows up as registering even in the piano roll, but when I play it, it's silent. What's going on?
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What is this natural trumpet?

In this picture of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble found here, one sees what I suppose are natural brass instruments. Does the trumpet in the lower right corner have a specific name? It has a ...
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Trumpet type or technique?

In Wagner’s “Rule, Britannia”, the orchestration calls for two trumpets. I’ve had no luck searching for what “vent.” and “ord.” mean. “Open” and “muted”, or ...?
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Scoring for the Trumpet Part of a Larger Work

I want to score parts to for two trumpets, but have only a little experience in music notation. Fairly simple parts I can edit in Cubase Score editor, but how do I indicate different places where the ...
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Trumpet - Consistency with the Upper Register?

Recently, I have been having almost a breakthrough with my trumpet range. For the past month or so, I have been consistently able to hit an E/F above the staff everyday. However, there is only a short ...
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Importance of jaw alignment for brass players

Some resources on brass instrument technique recommend pushing the lower jaw forward such that the front teeth are aligned. Is this a controversial recommendation? If not, how important is it to ...
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Coming from Trumpet: Which woodwind? [closed]

I've played trumpet for 3 years, and I'm thinking about picking up a simple woodwind instrument. I think personally, either clarinet or alto sax. But please, based on what I have played, price, and ...
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Best way to "clean up" an old trumpet?

I was given an old student trumpet (and case). It's surprisingly not dented, but looks awful--half the lacquer is gone and mixed with minor surface corrosion. However, it plays OK for a student ...
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What are the typical trumpet parts in classical music?

So I'm a pianist looking at one of my favorite concertos ever, the Rachmaninoff 2. I had been listening to some symphonic works prior to it, so for some reason I noticed that in the concerto, there ...
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Will the Yamaha PM7X trumpet mute work stand-alone or do I need the Personal Studio SBX2 as well?

I bought a PM7X trumpet mute, the one with a jack input for headphones. I tried pluging in headphones and I can't hear anything. I then looked for info, and I think I need an extra piece of hardware ...
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High notes on trumpet, sound stuck in my throat

I'm a french trumpet player. I have been practising a lot on my trumpet lately and I am making improvements. But everytime I try to get to high notes, the sound is "stuck" in my throat. However, when ...
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Which type of trumpet is typically used to perform Bach Brandenburg 2

Could anyone explain how to choose what design of trumpet to perform Brandenburg 2 on? I'd expect it to be performed on a Bb piccolo trumpet - but there are three-valve and four-valve piccolos, and ...
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