Posted Mar 29, 2010 08:39 AM
A little paragraph:
As you all know, anybody can just go blowing on a horn, or just beating on a drum, but can they all do it right? That is MY question to you. Even when you do get the right way, can you read the music? Can you get tips, the easy way? Yes, with the help of me, and the person who taught me, Mr. Denton, we can easily teach you.
A trumpet is a great instrument, and has been tooken for granted over the course of years, and played less and less. That is what I'm here to fix, to teach you that is a beautiful instrument, as to compared to a band with none. Something I found thanks to the piece 'Walking On Sunshine' let me know that trumpets not only go good with an orchestra, but great with a guitar. Example: Play the same thing the guitar played. A trumpet is very lightweight, and to hold it is a very difficult thing to explain, so instead, to make my job easier, I'll show you how to hold it using a picture.
Playing The Trumpet
To play it, you must be able to firm up your lips, act like as if you are about to say 'm' like in "mother" and then, blow, using air. Without a trumpet, it should sound like a ... fart, as one might say. You may ask, why that? It is due to the pressure it needs. You just blow in the horn, it just comes out as air. If you can manage to do that, then continue on reading. Next, to read music, you must understand the NOTES first. [ Insert Soon-to-be-picture here ]
There is always some more to be learned, just like with songs, there will never be an end, so, never give up, form a band when you want. You could easily transfer music, and that will be a big help, if your career is to be a music teacher, then you are on a tough job. Memory will be needed. Anyways, let's not get off-topic. The notes is very essential.
For a more complicated version - which I'll give more tips in the basic later on when it comes to mind - I'll teach you all the parts, what does what, what to use, and how to clean. First off, you MUST have Brasso. Those articles there, they say "it ruins the whatever it is." Well, it actually cleans it. At first, you look at it, it looks all dirty. It looks like as if it is ... bleached. But, after a day or 2 of playing, it'll turn back to its colour. Now, here's how you apply it. First, apply the substance to a paper towel. Ball it up, incase it rips from pressure. Use your hands, and press down hard, but not REAL hard, and get that dirty off that trumpet slide. Now, I forgot to go mentioning what a slide is. A slide is something that you can slide off, located where: a spit valve is ( the little handle thing, right on the end, beside the bell ), a slide right beside that ( left ), a slide right behind that, and a slide in the middle, where the THREE valves are. You apply it to all slides. Not the valves. It will ruin the valves. Once done, get a dry towel, and scrape off the leftovers, and dry it. Not with a hairdryer. Note: This is for occassions, not for everyday thing. Anyways, what you do to prevent doing that, is you get Slide Grease. You'll probably be able to find it just about anywhere, Star City Music, go google it if you have to! Next step to cleaning, is the valves. They need valve oil. There is no treatment for it when dirtied up too much, remember: Valve oil and slide grease every day. Just use the valve oil, gently squeeze, so that just a tiny drip comes out of it, hold it like that, and circle it twice. I suggest getting Blue Juice. ( not the blue juice for food, but blue juice for trumpet valve oil ) If it is bad enough, you may have to do one of the following: use valve oil regularly if you haven't by, I suggest, using Blue Juice, or get a new valve. If the valve you have is irreplaceable, then, do the Blue Juice. Always go to a repairman first to see which valves to get.
You practice at least 5 minutes a day. That should help you be a better trumpet player. What you do to practice; is you simply just do the following: long tones, ( holding any note as long as you can, for 2 minutes practicing long notes ) practice a tune, and getting high notes. Tighten up your lips more for higher notes. Loosen up your lips for low notes. Practing on a trumpet can be real easy once you get the hang of it. Note: you don't have to practice every day, you can give a rest every once in a while, just don't quit practicing.
A drum is also something used. It is beautiful at times alone, same with the trumpet, and other times, the beat is good, just not alone. Drums are the main instrument that has not been forgotten in bands. It is not used in orchestras much. It, today, in the music we listen to, on average, the drums is on all of those songs. The drums are very easy to play, and sometimes, explain. There will be difficulties met in explaining it, but we'll reach that when we do. The drums is made for a beat, it has no pitch, it is just made for a beat. Sometimes, to even let the guitarist know when to let go of a note.
If you know don't know how to roll - don't worry. Everyone can do it. All you do is loosen up your hands, and in order to understand it better, just hit the snare, and pull your arms back, so that the drum sticks bounce in a way, so that it sounds like as if it is rolling. The other way is to loosen the wrist, and let the sticks bounce up and down, by loosening the sticks too. Find HOW loose it must be in order to roll. It can't be too loose, otherwise, it shall fall. Position check: Is the stick visible on the end? It must be just about a thumbnail size away from the bottom of the sticks. I'll grab a picture later on, once I get my camera back. Is your sticks loose and bounce off a snare? ( my position of holding ) Is your thumb on the stick, facing the stick straight-up, and the rest of the fingers curled? If so, then try rolling.
Setting Drums Up
The first thing, it should be set up with the Hi-top cymbal ( the one with double cymbals ) RIGHT beside the snare, it looks like as if it is above the snare, that would work, too. In order to work it, you must press down the foot where the foot pad is, and it presses down. Now, here is where a very important case comes in. If you don't know how to fix cymbals, it's no problem. I learned from the master of drums, he plays in a real famous band, he lives right beside me, and his father is Rudy, also lives beside me. Rudy played in the Drifters, he's a guitarist. You know, the Drifters you all listen to. Anyways, he told me that these pads in between the hi-top cymbals make the foot pad work. You should screw this little round-ish not exactly a nut, but you could call it that, and it holds the cymbal in place. When you push down, the cymbal should fall down. That way, it makes that tch sound. Next, above the snare, is the Toms. They can be adjusted to however you like, unlike the snare ( in most cases ). Next, is the Basses. They are VERY important, especially the foot pedal one. It plays a major role in songs. I can't teach you the music, as I am just learning.