Well, of course air is needed to play the trumpet. I see this as a fairly useless discussion, since the video was concerned with how much air was needed for a person to play the trumpet, not IF any air was needed. Let’s see someone play a trumpet without blowing any air through their lips. Something has to initiate a sound wave, and for a human to “play” the trumpet, air is the initiator.
Posts made by Dale Proctor
RE: Is Air Needed To Play The Trumpet
RE: Musicians' Glasses
My “regular” glasses are like that, but are set up for more medium distance in one lens, long distance in the other. I can still read without glasses, but had trouble with reading music at music stand distance, especially in low light situations. I measured what that distance typically is and went to my optometrist with glasses for that purpose in mind. I leave them in my case, and just switch them with my regular glasses before I sit down to play or practice. Fantastic!
RE: Hello! Welcome to TB, who are you?
Whats the name of the civil war movie?
American Drummer Boy. I played Eb cornet in two different scenes, one as a US bandsman marching through town and the other as a CS bandsman playing a ball in a mansion. The US segment showing the band was cut. Was in one other scene not playing, just walking down a road in a column of troops. Drove to Kentucky two different weekends for a per diem and $50 a day as an extra. Big money...lol
RE: Hello! Welcome to TB, who are you?
Hello! I’m a long time cornet and trumpet (and sometimes flugelhorn) hack and ex-collector. Been playing since about 1963, played 1st trumpet in a concert band in the 1970s, was 3rd trumpet in a local semi-pro symphony orchestra for about 5 years in the 1980s, along with playing in a brass quintet and playing in the pit for numerous musicals, played Bb cornet all over the eastern U.S. in a Civil War brass band from the early 1990s until a couple years ago. We recorded one cassette tape and 4 CDs during that time, which to my surprise, sold by the thousands. I also played lead trumpet in a so-so big band for a number of years, subbed in a few more, subbed in a German band numerous times, was a founding member of a British-style brass band around 2000 and performed with them for about 15 years.
I had the privilege of recording about 20 Civil War era bugle calls on a period bugle for an interactive display at a museum in Alabama. I also participated in bands that recorded music for a couple Ken Burns PBS series, which was interesting. I played Eb cornet in a low-budget Civil War movie that went straight to DVD (lol), and also played in a Tennessee PBS special on music of the Civil War.
I retired from work (early on I worked for NASA, and then for a couple aerospace and defense contractors, but I spent the majority of my career designing fire suppression systems) at the beginning of 2020. Because most playing venues dried up due to the virus outbreak, I haven’t been doing much other than walking with my wife a lot, practicing a little, riding my vintage motorcycles, and eating healthy. When things return to normal, I play in a large church orchestra, sub in a couple big bands from time to time, play 2 or 3 Civil War gigs a year, and fill in on 2nd cornet in the brass band when needed.
There you have it - all you never wanted to know about me...
RE: Clean with 'alcohol'?
What about that spray made to disinfect mouthpieces? Label says 70% propanol, plus water and flavoring. Is it harmful? Effective?
Once again, it will work on most organisms as noted by grune. And for mouthpieces, you really don't have to worry as much regarding maintaining the moist, warm environment that is trapped in the tubing the spore creating organisms of a closed horn system. So it should be fine to use, but I would recommend a rinse with plenty of water if using immediately after spraying. If you let the spray dry, it will be fine.
Thanks. Yes, the instructions say to let it dry before using the mouthpiece.
RE: Mouthpiece too large?
... People think Mr Bach invented his numbering as a coherent, graded series. This is not so. imho His numbering reflects his series of experiments. Inter-series, I have never found gradation. Intra-series, yes, I note some gradation. I have read some research indicating Bach intended to match cups B, C, D, E to the key of the horn: thus a B-cup m/p was intended for a Bb horn, a C intended for a C horn, etc. This may indeed be true, as any B cup does sound bigger and better on my Bb horn, than does a C cup. The C cup did sound and perform best with the C horn I had....
The old Bach mouthpiece literature actually says that. What I’ve always wondered is, why is there no Bach 4?...lol
RE: Memorable Quotations
"There are two sides to a trumpeter's personality: there is the one that lives only to lay waste to the woodwinds and strings, leaving them lying blue and lifeless along the swath of destruction that is a trumpeter's fury; then there's the dark side...."