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Category Archives: General Trumpet Knowledge
Whisper Tones (featuring the Whisper Penny)
Whisper tones, ghost notes, half-air half-tone, aeolian sound – composers have different ways of describing this in their music. I‘ve received several requests from other trumpet players to cover this topic, as it is one that seems to come up … Continue reading
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After so many posts on different trumpet techniques I realized that information about the auxiliary instruments is a bit scattered. In this post I aim to gather all of the relevant information on the piccolo trumpet in one easy to … Continue reading
Posted in Auxiliary Instruments, General Trumpet Knowledge Tagged multiphonics, mutes, piccolo, piccolo trumpet, split tones Leave a comment
Even though this blog is focused primarily on writing for trumpet, I do think it is important to include a few tips about how the performance material for trumpet – or indeed, for any instrument – should be prepared. I … Continue reading
Posted in General Trumpet Knowledge Tagged Elaine Gould, handwriting, notation, performance material 1 Comment
Mutes (Part Three) – More Mutes!
In this third and final (for now!) part in my mini-series on mutes I will introduce several more types of mutes. There are certainly a few more than I list here, but these are the most common ones after the … Continue reading
Posted in General Trumpet Knowledge, Mutes Tagged aluminum foil, bucket, CD, crown royal, flugelhorn, melowah, mutes, piccolo trumpet, plunger, practice mute, velvet, whispa, whisper 2 Comments
Mutes (Part Two) – The Standard Three
Welcome to part two of my mini-series on mutes! Today I‘ll explain the three most common mutes in a trumpeter’s arsenal. Many players can make it far into their career without needing anything more than these three mutes. They are … Continue reading
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Mutes (Part One) – General Guidelines and Notation
Brass players are often made fun of for their obsession with – and vast collections of – mouthpieces. While those jokes are most certainly justified, when it comes to hoarding, no one talks about the real problem – mutes. Not … Continue reading
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The embouchure required for trumpet playing requires a set of delicate muscles in the face, lips and tongue. Trumpet players have to train these muscles daily to stay at the top of their game. However, composers should bear in mind … Continue reading
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Back in my high school marching band (Go Scotties!), me and my fellow trumpeters were only interested in three things: playing fast, playing loud and playing high. Playing high was never my forte (sorry), but that didn’t stop me from … Continue reading
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Introducing the Instruments
One of the great things about the trumpet is its many variations and manifestations. There is no such thing as “the” trumpet, rather a collection of related instruments with different tunings, modifications and mechanics that have evolved through time. Contemporary … Continue reading
Welcome to The Modern Trumpet!
This blog is all about exploring contemporary trumpet technique. I hope it will inspire you to write some amazing music for the trumpet! Below you can see an overview of the content in this blog, as well as upcoming topics … Continue reading
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