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The No Valve Trumpet To Awaken To

The bugle is a small brass instrument that is basically a natural horn, because it has no valves or keys. One might wonder how the pitch is altered without any keys or valves; the pitch can be altered by controlling the air that the musician is blowing into the horn through closed lips. Blowing through closed lips is what creates the vibrations that make the sound. Of course, even with the ability to alter pitch manually without keys or valves, the instrument is fairly limited to a smaller range of notes it...

 


What Is the Range of the B-Flat Tenor Trombone?

For the examples in this article, pitches are defined as middle C = C4.)Trombones Big and SmallTrombones come in many sizes. The B-flat tenor trombone comes with or without a trigger (F attachment). Bass trombones use triggers and paddles (an additional lever or trigger) or both. The contrabass trombone is larger and plays lower still. The smaller trombones include the alto trombone and treble or soprano trombone, sometimes called a slide trumpet. The piccolo trombone and sopranino trombone are even smaller...

 


The Electric Guitar: From Big Band To Rock And Roll

Compared to its acoustic cousin, the electric guitar has a very short history. In modern times, electric guitars are most often associated with genres such as rock and roll, blues rock, and jazz. However, this instrument has its origins in the big band music of the 1930s and 1940s. As the jazz orchestras of those days grew and their brass sections increased proportionally, the need for an amplified guitar became more and more pronounced. Adolph Rickenbacher, George Beauchamp, and Paul Barth, all of who even...

 


The High School Marching Band

There's a lot that goes into high school sports traditions beside the actual sports themselves. You've got cheer, rallies, homecomings, and let's not forget one of our most important senses...sound. That's provided by the high school band and almost every human tradition has music interwoven for a reason...it speaks to us. Whether it's a wedding, a military ceremony, or a local high school's football game...music gets everyone fired up. Let's take a look at the role of the band and prep sports in the Un...

 


Trumpet Players Make Better Kissers

The trumpet is known for its strong brassy sound. Although there are three different valves on a trumpet, much of its sound is attributed to lip tension. Playing the trumpet correctly does require strong, well-disciplined lips. Lip vibrations can seem very complicated at first, but once mastered, they do become second nature. To play the trumpet, you must pucker your lips in a way that is very similar to a puckered kiss. Press your lips to the trumpet mouth piece and "smile" slightly. If you blow, creating ...

 


Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

So your child wants to be in the band? Or maybe you're just a regular person who wants to pick up a new hobby? Well, either way hopefully this advice will be of some help to you. First of all let me start by saying I have played Brass instruments in middle, high school and in college. I started with Trumpet and then later on moved to the Baritone and Trombone. So most of the advice here will be aimed at a youngster that wants to go this route; however I will try to include the hobby side as well. Band can l...

 




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