Trumpeting in Bb
Today I managed to play (piano tune) small C and 3C, the latter in a downstairs scale to 2F or so. I was able to play it multiple times although never in upstairs scale, and frankly I do not like the sound very much.
In the middle register sound is frequently (frequently now, but not always, and it was ‘rarely’ couple of months ago) interesting (imho of course), full of overtones and kind of ringing, while higher register sounds just like a plain tune. But I will extend it further.
Listened quite a few melodies played by professional trumpeters and found that most of them (besides loving the highest register) frequently play staccato (did I get it right that it is a set of short sounds very quickly following one after another). I can not do it that way, only sometimes my attepmts sound good, but usually it is a bit slower than needed. I still do not know how to use tune durations written on the sheet, so I play like I would like it to sound, which may be not right though.
Found that professional records are very rich even on the highest registers, which is definitely not the case for my playing (besides the fact that I rarely able to play there at all).
Another issue I discovered is small octave sound. Sometimes it just bloody good IMO, but again it happens rarely, most of the time it is kind of damped, there are no fresh, ringing overtones.
Decided to force myself to do the regular trumpet, piano, painting and reading ‘trainings’, the former several times a week at the morning, all the latters at the late evening when I return from the office (usually an hour or so for one of the tasks after 12).
If stars will draw up into the straight line I will play with a trumpet teacher, but I’m not 100% sure it will happen though.
Sometimes I think about getting a new trumpet, a bit more serious lead instrument (like Yamaha 4xxx or even Bach 37 or 43, I think I can afford another toy for myself :), although I like my $150 J. Michael 300S one.
I do want to hear how others sound in a real life and not in edited records though.
But no matter what, I see the progress and result, even on my own, which is a great pushing force to continue the process. Stay tuned, maybe eventually you will hear something interesting!