So it seems the more reps I do (even with long tones), the worse my tone sounds. Like, it’s alright at first but after playing something only 3 or 4 times, it sounds really bright, crunchy, and waver-y. Any tips?
I posted this in our conditioning page and no one responded, so I figure I’d ask tumblr. Halp?
Hey David, if you want you can direct all brass questions you get to me. I also wouldn't mind the blog promotion haha. But in all seriousness, I am a music ed major, and I am a classical trumpet player. I know a lot about brass instruments and I know my theory and stuff. I am perfectly willing to answer any questions of that category. Just a friendly offer!
Im actually going to ask you a question... Im planning to audition for a drum corps next year but im like super rusty on my trumpet skills and I need to practice a TOOOONNNNNN. So what I was wondering was how do you practice without pissing everyone off??? lol
Hi! It depends on where you’re living currently I guess haha. If you’re on a college campus, I’m sure there’s a music / fine arts building with practice rooms that you may be able to use.
If you’re living at home still like me, then it’s not so easy haha :P I like to use our garage. It’s freezing, but I like how it’s a lot more spacious in there. That way the sound doesn’t immediately bounce back at me and I don’t have to play as reserved (I honestly hate practicing in my room for that reason haha :P). But if you’re learning trumpet, you could invest in a practice mute! They can be a bit on the pricey side and they affect your tone, but it would allow you to practice in a way that you can learn the instrument while not pissing off the whole house haha. Hope this helps, and good luck! Feel free to message me back if you have any questions or anything regarding learning the instrument, I’m currently learning trumpet as well :D