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C Trumpet in Beethoven's 5th symphony

Back in Beethoven’s day, trumpets and horns were not in fact chromatic, which is also the reason why scores call for trumpets in different transpositions. It was possible to play horns chromatically ...
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Trumpet Peculiar Frequency spectrum

Excellent find! Trumpet, as well as the acoustically similar trombone, are very peculiar instruments when it comes to physics. They are cylindrical tubes closed at one end, so they should have a ...
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Trumpet type or technique?

Vent. is an abbreviation for Ventil, which is the German for valve. Ord. probably denotes ordinary, for non-valved trumpets, i.e. bugles. If you look through the Vent. parts, they do feature ...
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Does the lip really vibrate at the same frequency of a brass instrument?

At least for trumpet, yes, the lips really vibrate that quickly. For a high trumpet note, the lips may vibrate at more than 1000 vibrations per second. This is fast, but remember that the muscles are ...
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What are the typical trumpet parts in classical music?

I'm a trumpet player who's played in many orchestras. The first thing to understand is that historically, the trumpet is a relatively new addition to the orchestra. Before the mid-19th century, ...
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When to abide by Sibelius and not

You should consider the performer. An able player will be able to produce this without problem - but less experienced players will simply not be able to perform that note at all. Beginner trumpet ...
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

@BrianTowers beat me to the quote I was going to use, but the trumpet players I've worked with all have expressed the need to play daily. I found that after a particularly intense gig, a day off way ...
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

I won't (nor could) speak as a trumpet player, but I'd like to give my own general answer as a musician. As many of us, I've been stuck in the last year and a half due to the current pandemic. Not ...
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

The quote I'm familiar with is If I miss a day's practice, God notices Miss two days practice and I notice Miss three days practice and the world notices Doing a search, the closest I find to this ...
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Is "horns" a common term to describe saxophones?

Yes, you did. But you shouldn't feel bad about it — the term "horns" is commonly used to mean a variety of overlapping things. For example: Horns, meaning wind instruments, as opposed to the rhythm ...
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Trumpet valves, lengths, and pitch

Yes, the additional length required for each semitone drop is proportional to the original length. If adding valve 2 to an 'open' note is sufficient to drop a semitone, it will not be enough to drop ...
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Slurs within slurs

The outer/larger slur is a phrase marking, letting you know that the entire passage constitutes a single musical idea. The inner slurs are similar, but indicating smaller units. One could think of the ...
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How can I get and stay in shape to play 2-hour gigs on the trumpet?

I struggled with endurance for many years, thinking I could not gig because of it. However, my clear experience was that my endurance (and range) improved once I was rehearsing and gigging regularly, ...
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Why is button three on trumpet almost never used alone?

Because valve #3 is normally tuned slightly flatter than #1 + #2. This is to do with the physical fact that each semitone down requires the tube length to increase by the same PROPORTION, not by the ...
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Just intonation on a trumpet

Embouchure and valve manipulation can influence the exact pitch of a tone on all wind instruments. For proof, just listen to any jazz trumpet player! The effect is larger on some instruments than ...
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Horn & Trumpet and Key Signatures

I play trumpet and horn, and have played both in orchestras for many years. Both instruments used to not be fully chromatic (mainly playing their overtones) and so they'd be crooked into the key of ...
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Order of valves in a trumpet

Take all the valves out. Then place one of the valves in the third valve casing. Turn it until the valve guide "clicks" then blow (gently!) into the horn. If air goes through, then depress ...
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Trumpet - Should I think in concert pitch or not?

When I started playing trumpet, I soon realised that everything I played was a tone lower than written, which was fine if the other parts were written accordingly. however, stuff I wanted to play that ...
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What are the nuts on the rod of my main tuning slide on my trumpet for?

They are to control where the stop rod actually stops the slide — thus known as a "slide stopper". The nut closest the bell sets the actual stop point. The second nut should be turned until ...
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What is the quietest way to practice trumpet that is still doable?

A regular mute changes the colour of the sound. A silent brass mute (like the Yamaha one I've used for years) won't silence you but it substantially reduces the produced volume. The instrument does &...
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Trumpet - Should I think in concert pitch or not?

You should start there while you're learning the basics, thinking of Bb as C, as others have said, but you probably shouldn't stop there. The disadvantage of not thinking in concert pitch is fairly ...
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How Common Are the Trumpet in C and Clarinet in A?

Both are extremely common in orchestral music, and any professional musician (or even a serious college student or hobbyist) who plays classical music should have them. And even if they don't, they ...
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Is my trumpet sound shifted?

Don't worry, everything is as expected. Trumpet is a transposing instrument. If you play the note that a trumpeter would call 'C', it's really a Bb. We say that a trumpet is written a major second ...
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Trumpet Peculiar Frequency spectrum

here might be your answer: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/246020/is-it-possible-for-a-harmonic-to-be-louder-than-the-fundamental-frequency/246023 It is not uncommon for some of the ...
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What is this natural trumpet?

It's a demilune trumpet. There are lots of images on google. Item 72 from the Natural Trumpets catalogue of the Bate Musical Instrument collection. Demilune trumpet c.1840 This trumpet is made of ...
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Why is the superbone not used more often?

Let me offer some alternate perspective besides the tuning issue referred to in the other answer. They're awkward to hold. The situation when operating the valves with your left hand is worse than a ...
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Horn & Trumpet and Key Signatures

Like Dekkadeci, I'll note that the main body of the passage in question does not mention trumpets. Why is it that key-signatures are 'irrelevant' to horn? The tradition arose because natural horns ...
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C Trumpet in Beethoven's 5th symphony

Looks like C trumpets to me. In the second bar of this snippet, the trumpets are playing in unison with the timpani, where the timpani are notated at concert pitch. You have a transposing score, so ...
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I can't play the trumpet after a year: reading notes, playing on the same valve

Number one, do you want to play the trumpet? If so, read on! I ask this first because you will only improve if you work at it, and you are only likely to work at it consistently if you want it. Put ...
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What parts of instutional education does a non-institutional student miss?

Interaction with other musicians, whether as fellow-players in ensembles or as tutors. Constant goals - the concert is TOMORROW!, this exercise must be handed in NEXT WEEK! Competition - working ...
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