Chapter 15: Trumpet Sound Effects

There is nothing more serious than fun. ~Don Cherry, trumpet master (1936-1995)

Chapter 15: Trumpet Sound Effects

This Chapter Covers:

  • Vibrato,
  • alternate fingerings,
  • scoops, doits, falls,
  • half-valve techniques,
  • flutter tongue, and the growl

Terms to Know:

  • glissando: A smooth and continuous change from one note to another. Done on trumpet with the half-valve technique.
  • slide: Another name for glissando. Also a name for part of the trombone.
  • trill: Changing quickly from one note to another note the next closest note in the key signature above the primary note.
  • scoop: A short glissando into a note from below.
  • doit (pronounced doyt): A short rising glissando after a note.
  • ornament: Melodic embellishments. Ornaments may be written in or improvised by the performer. Ornaments covered here are vibrato, trills, turns, shakes, etc.

Resources for This Chapter:

  • Musical Examples:

Alternate Fingerings Exercise:

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Grace Note:

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Shake/Lip Trill:

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The Usual Resources:


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