Everybody doin’ the mess around. ~Ray Charles
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In this chapter:
- Put the horn together,
- How to hold it,
- Valves 101,
- Simple exercises
Terms to Know:
- valve casing: The metal which surrounds and supports the valves. The fingers of your left hand wrap around the valve casing.
- trigger: Found on the third and first valve slide, these allow the fingers–thumb and ring finger respectively–to move the slides in and out when necessary for tuning.
- valves: The piston-like devices that divert air into the first, second and third valve slides in order to change the pitch of the trumpet.
- long tones: Any single note held out for one large, complete breath. Long tones should be clear and unwavering with a full tone.
- mouthpiece puller: A device that can mechanically extract mouthpieces stuck in the horn.
- Mouthpiece pullers
- Alexander technique
- Feldenkrais method (vid, site)
- A trumpeter who loved to mess around, here’s Dizzy Gillespie on The Muppet Show. (and for fun, this awesome little vocal jam)
- April 2010 giveaway #1: a free digital copy of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Buy a hard copy of Sound the Trumpet
- Other free printable practice aids
- April 2010 giveaway #2: Free digital copy of Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- Buy a hard copy of my book Basic Music Theory