I played a D# !!



  • OK, I started hitting this note 4 weeks ago. 3rd trumpet charts this high are thankfully few and far between. But I am getting there about 3/4 of the time, with airballs the other tries. I will take it down an octave in gigs until I own the note, but this is a major step forward for me.



  • D# -- equivalent to E flat. Hayden. I always wanted to get to the point where I can play Hayden. I play in the jazz band and have worked on register for three or four years. Now i can do the D# in Hayde or elsewhere. Congratulations -- now the challenge is to keep it and make it part of your regular routine.

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  • Congratulations from this end as well. The D# and the Ab and especially the A above that D# in the upper range are particularly challenging, as I find any high range combination including the second valve as a little tricky for slotting. When you are up in that range, the slotting gets tighter so you can tend to glide to another "false tonic" unless you are solid on the note. Can't do much to make that D# or Ab easier, but for the A, using the false fingering third valve only really helps to lock that A into place.



  • Are we talking about the same note D# , above high C, in the third trumpet?



  • @Kehaulani said in I played a D# !!:

    Are we talking about the same note D# , above high C, in the third trumpet?

    I have seen a chart or two with this. An example is a Thad Jones and Mel Lewis chart, since the 2nd part is not unusual to be a solo trumpet, so those close upper harmonies with the lead player is then delegated to the third part. And I imagine a Maynard chart would have this occurring over occasions as well.



  • I'm asking about the OP. Thad Mel had some awesome blowers.



  • @fels said in I played a D# !!:

    D# -- equivalent to E flat. Hayden. I always wanted to get to the point where I can play Hayden. I play in the jazz band and have worked on register for three or four years. Now i can do the D# in Hayde or elsewhere. Congratulations -- now the challenge is to keep it and make it part of your regular routine.

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    Calling is a D# makes it sound higher.



  • @Kehaulani said in I played a D# !!:

    I'm asking about the OP. Thad Mel had some awesome blowers.

    It's a Nestico chart called Color Me Warm, and the 3rd part has a lick that starts on G above the staff, going to D, then D#. For 4 years I've played that down an octave, but a few weeks ago tried and found I was on the notes. I certainly don't "command" anything above B. But reaching for, and finding these notes, is to me kind of like cracking the lid on a jar, and it is getting easier, less of a squeak.



  • @Dr-GO said in I played a D# !!:

    Congratulations from this end as well. The D# and the Ab and especially the A above that D# in the upper range are particularly challenging, as I find any high range combination including the second valve as a little tricky for slotting. When you are up in that range, the slotting gets tighter so you can tend to glide to another "false tonic" unless you are solid on the note. Can't do much to make that D# or Ab easier, but for the A, using the false fingering third valve only really helps to lock that A into place.

    I should live so long to worry about the A above the D above the staff is in perfect tune !



  • Congratulations. Keep plugging away. Clarke #5 will help get you there.



  • In that case, let me add my congratulations.



  • @Pinstriper said in I played a D# !!:

    @Kehaulani said in I played a D# !!:

    I'm asking about the OP. Thad Mel had some awesome blowers.

    It's a Nestico chart called Color Me Warm, and the 3rd part has a lick that starts on G above the staff, going to D, then D#. For 4 years I've played that down an octave, but a few weeks ago tried and found I was on the notes. I certainly don't "command" anything above B. But reaching for, and finding these notes, is to me kind of like cracking the lid on a jar, and it is getting easier, less of a squeak.

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  • @Pinstriper Very Cool, congrats! Progress is exciting!



  • I want to thank everyone for their encouragement. You are all the embodiment of my aspirations - well, actually most of you far outstrip my aspirations but that is just me being realistic !


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