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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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Why did Miles Davis put his finger under his ear when he stopped playing?

Watching films of Miles Davis performing in the 50's and 60's I noticed that whenever his solo was done he would take his index finger and press it beneath his right ear. Sometimes he would also shake ...
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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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Suggestions for practising playing in tune

I play soprano cornet in a UK brass band. Although I think I play in tune, it's often pointed out to me that I don't. Soprano cornet is notorious in this respect - some notes are in tune, others aren'...
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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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How can I “self learn” now that I am an adult as a amateur?

I played Concert Cornet for many years when I was younger. I was good at it, and enjoyed it immensely. However, for teens and young adults there are several "measures" to gauge, how well you're doing. ...
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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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Trumpet Notes (Sharps) [closed]

if theres sharps at the start of my piece for the upside down notes, do I play those sharps for the same note but for the notes that are not upside down? My sharps are F# G# and C#. The notes are ...
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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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What type of trumpet should a beginner use?

I'm thinking about getting a trumpet to practice at home for fun. I want to know what type of trumpet is best for me. I'm in 4th grade and need something to do at home. I need to know the difference ...
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Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?

I am learning how to play the trumpet and I am currently practicing my embouchure. I was wondering if all the musical notes can be done with the valves, or if I have to do some changes in the way I ...
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How to hit right partials on brass?

Sometimes when playing a trumpet/flugelhorn part on my own, I can't tell if I'm hitting the right partial, usually in the upper register. Sometimes it's too high, other times too low. What is the ...
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How can I perform this cornet passage?

The UK Brass Band I play with is rehearsing a test piece with this passage in it: This bar is repeated about 20 times. To finger it conventionally, I'd be pressing valves 1+2, 2, 1, 2 for ...
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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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Trumpet playing causes pain in right cheek, constant problem. I'm looking for a way to prevent this?

I'm a Grade 11 trumpet player in both my school's Wind Ensemble (concert band) and Jazz band. I consider myself playing trumpet more or less seriously since Grade 9, but I've had minor experience ...
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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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Why do trumpet valves shift the pitch down and not up?

I understand how trumpets work - valves open to force the air through crooks, which lengthens the pathway the air must travel, thus decreasing the resonant frequency. The question is, why are ...
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What should I choose: trumpet or clarinet? [closed]

I am a beginning pianist and I have to make a instrument choice between trumpet and clarinet. Which one is better for beginners?
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Train listening to notes coming out of my trumpet

I'm with an old trumpet that sold me in Si Bemol(Bb), I'm still learning, and my biggest difficulty in music is being able to be constant in the sounds that come out of me, to reproduce them when I ...
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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 are the pros and cons of doubling on two brass instruments?

I am a trombonist and have played in a band for almost 3 years now. I am hoping to continue on by also doubling with the trumpet, and at the same time also continue to play the trombone. The thing is:...
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How loud are you allowed to play a Trumpet (learning at home)? [closed]

I want to learn to play the Trumpet, but wondering how loud it may be at home ? I'm living in a flat (neighbours up and down)
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What's this thing attached to trumpet?

I hope the image won't bother you guys. As you can see, there's something attached to trumpet's mouth(?). Well I'm not a trumpet player because when I first heard the sound of that, it feels more ...
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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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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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Rotary Trumpet Tubing

Does the rotary trumpet have a cylindrical bore like the piston trumpet, or a conical bore like the cornet? I would assume that it's cylindrical, but for the fact that it has a mellower tone and seems ...
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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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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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What Notes does Trumpet play?

I am a total novice. I'm thinking about getting a trumpet so I can practise at home for fun and I want to find out how to play. I am curious to know what notes you can play on the trumpet. I am not ...
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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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Bass trumpet vs. valve trombone

Apart from the obvious external form difference, how do a bass trumpet and a valve trombone differ?
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Remove Mouthpiece Tarnish

I have a fifty year old F.E. Olds & Sons Ambassador cornet. It lay unused for 30+ years (it is now oiled and greased properly). There is considerable tarnish on the mouthpiece and on the slides. ...
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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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First and second valves vs third valve

On B♭ trumpet to play notes E or A is prefered to use 1 and 2 valves, but there is possible to use third valve (most used in our brass band). 1 (valve 1) + 0.5 (valve 2) = 1.5 1.5 (valve 3) ...
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Flattened notes and odd fuzzy sound on trumpet

Yesterday practicing I noticed a high improvement over previous days in terms of sound and intonation, I could play all the harmonic series up to high E more or less properly intonated and with a good ...
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Trumpet low C♯ and D

Most trumpets' low C♯ and D are too high, and need correcting by pulling the 1st of 3rd valve. My first understanding was that the distance between tones in the lower register is larger than between ...
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What brass band instruments can a cornet player feasibly cover on short notice?

Is it reasonable to expect that an experienced cornet player should be able to pick up a "middle of the band" instrument, like a baritone, or an Eb horn and become reasonably proficient in a few hours ...
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Trumpet valves, lengths, and pitch

I would like to know a bit more about how the valves of trumpets (and other brass instruments) work than is here: Trumpet at Wikipedia. I am ignoring issues such as it being a transposing instrument. ...
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Are pTrumpets difficult to play compared to real brass trumpets?

The pTrumpet is plastic trumpet. I've seen a video of Alison Balsom play one. But she's a trumpet Goddess! She could rolled up piece of cardboard sound good. For a ...