The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. ~Michelangelo (1475-1564)
This Chapter Covers:
- What are pedal tones?
- Benefits of pedal tones,
- pedal tone exercises,
- double pedal tones.
Terms to Know:
- pedal tone: A pitch below the normal range of a brass instrument. Named after the foot pedals (very low notes) on the pipe organ (click to see/hear Flight of the Bumblebee on the pedals of the organ by Dr. Carol Williams. wow!).
- leger lines (also ledger): Small lines used below or above the staff for notes beyond the range of the staff.
Extra Resources for This Chapter:
- Sound Clips for Chapter 12
- Examples from the Chapter (click for larger image):
- …..Low F#
- …..12.1: Pedal Tone Exercise 1
- …..12.2: Pedal Tone Exercise #2
- Pedal tone video lesson 1.
- Pedal tone video lesson 2.
- Listen to Andrea Giuffredi play incredibly fat pedal tones! The whole vid is pretty amazing, but the pedal tones start at 1:02.
- METHOD BOOKS
- …Low Etudes for Trumpet, by Phil Snedecor
- …Warm-Ups & Studies, by James Stamp
- …The Original Louis Maggio System for Brass, by Carlton MacBeth (also here)
- …Trumpet Pedal Register Unveiled, by Dale Olson (p. 360-361 in Brass Anthology, published by The Instrumentalist.)
- …Inside John Haynie’s Studio: A Master Teacher’s Lessons on Trumpet and Life, by John Haynie and Anne Hardin
The Usual Resources:
- The Practice of Practice: a blog on music practice.
- April 2010 giveaway #1: a free digital copy of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Other free printable practice aids
- Free trumpet video lessons
- Trumpet method books
- Buy a hard copy of Sound the Trumpet
- April 2010 giveaway #2: Free digital copy of Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- Buy a hard copy of Basic Music Theory