First day of class! (For me, anyway)
Distribution of instruments!
Instruct students to lay their instruments on the floor and wait for further instruction.
Otherwise, all chaos breaks loose. Also, some kid may put the case on their lap, open
Horn Notes Continued
In the Renaissance period, there were instruments called horns, but they had no valves.
- They could only play the pitches in the harmonic series the horns were based
* Because the notes of the harmonic series are pretty
(We finally learn about the horn)
Why transposition started:
- A long time ago, an instrument was made at a certain length and they
transposed so that the range of the instrument would fit on the staff and we
still do it. The end.
The trumpet tuning slide is the slide connected to all the valves. Pull out if sharp, push in
- Because the instrument was probably made so that it could be adjusted if flat,
its a good idea to start out with the slide already out a little
Goes with Trumpet Equipment Handout
- Whenever the music says mute just that word alone it calls for a
* Sordino means mute Youll see Con (with) Sordino or Senza
Straight mute will have three
Method Book Lecture Notes
(Go along with Selected Band Methods handouts 1 and 2)
Homogeneous vs. Heterogeneous
- Homogeneous means the same and heterogeneous means different
- Homogeneous method books are for only one specific instrument.
Transposing Trumpet Parts Converting to/from Concert Pitch
Trumpet is in the key of Bb (although there are C trumpets)
A Bb (piano) will therefore sound like a C (trumpet).
Steps to transposing:
1. Determine whether or not to move a M2
How to deal with sticky trumpet valves
Have students place the trumpet on their laps so that the bottom of the valves arent
aimed at a spot that could potentially cause them embarrassment if the valve oil leaks
Unscrew the valves an
Cylindrical Instruments vs. Conical Instruments
Conical instruments are shaped somewhat like this:
Cylindrical instruments are more like this:
Conical instruments tend to blend better (more mellow, darker)
Cylindrical instruments tend to stick
New Mouth-piece Warm Up:
Start on concert F (or whatever) and slur down a half step.
Next, instead of going from the new pitch down another half step, go back to the first
note and slur down a MAJOR 2nd.
Continue in that pattern, going down a