Beginners Guide On Playing The Trumpet

2017-01-05 01:40:53 cindylowy

how to play the trumpetWhen it comes to playing musical instruments, one should not expect to be pro within a day. People spent many hours before feeling confident that they actually are perfect. Playing a trumpet is not different. One needs a lot of commitment and spend a lot of time training, as mastering how to play a trumpet is a process that may need immense dedication and passion. Basically you don’t have to become the best trumpet player in the world, but at least you can begin from somewhere. The following simple steps will help you know How to play the trumpet. The steps will give you the basic principles of how to produce a beautiful tone with this wonderful instrument;

1. Playing without a trumpet

The first step is to buzz just with your lips followed by your mouth piece. This is the best way to build up strength without making your lips tired, a case that may be experienced when you use a real trumpet for your practice. It is important that you learn how to use your lips and getting them used to the basic positions. The position of your lips when you hum the letter M is the natural position for your lips as you play the trumpet.

2. Playing with the trumpet

After you have done enough practice with your mouth piece, then it is important that you start practising with the instrument itself. After putting your trumpet in position, you can take a deep breath by inhaling the place you lips in the position practised in the earlier stage. Gently press the trumpet against your lips and blow.

After getting the perfect way to blow, you can now try to touch the valves. These valves are numbered one to three, number one being the one right under your nose. Start by pressing down valve one and two simultaneously, when you blow, you will realize that a higher note is produced. Playing around with the valves will enable you realize how to position your finger so as to produce different notes. Regular practice will help you memorize different combinations which will eventually create music.

3. Playing a scale

This is learning how to play a collection of pitches in a descending or ascending order. This makes musical sense when played at correct intervals. You will have to know the notes as follows; a C note is played without pressing down any valve, D note is played by pushing down the second and third valve at the same time, E is played by pushing down the first two valves simultaneously, for the F note, you only have to push down the first valve. The final note that you need to know is the high C note, this is played by letting go all the valves and blowing through. Playing these notes is accompanied by proper tightening of lips and blowing. A good combination of the notes at corrective intervals will create a tune. Finishing this part means playing your first scale on the trumpet. You can now make it better through regular practising.


Proper Drum Stick Technique Types

2017-01-05 01:39:57 cindylowy

Proper Drumstick TechniqueAre you new to drumming with drumsticks? Here you will be learn information about drumstick grip techniques. They are used on drums and percussion instruments requiring drumsticks or mallets. You will be able to get the instruments like drumsticks and drums. You can practice drumming with these percussion techniques.

Here are Some Proper Drum Stick Technique Ideas

Check online to get more information about drumstick grip techniques. Get to a music store or drum shop. They have everything you will need described here to drum. Experienced and professional musicians may be working behind the counters. You can get tips about choosing sticks, practice pads drums and drumming from them. Music instruction lessons are also available from the store.

Pick a pair of drumsticks. There is a huge selection to get a grip on. Choose a heavy pair of sticks used for practice. Marching band sticks will do. Currently, companies have more choices specifically for practicing. Get a practice pad. It should have a surface that is firm for getting the proper bounce. Low sound volume is desired too.

Drummers use three types of grips. They are traditional, French and German grips. Traditional grip is used in snare drumming with marching and concert bands. Traditional grip is used on snare drums positioned at an angle. The rest of this applies to a right-handed drummer. For marching snare drums and drums angled, the left hand is palm up. The stick’s balance point, about one quarter from its butt end, rests in the web between the thumb and index finger. The stick rests on top of the palm where the ring and middle fingers attach. The rest of the stick goes between the middle finger and ring fingers. It and the little fingertips curl around towards the palm. With the traditional grip, the opposite hand holds its stick like in the French or German Grip.

Discovering What Grip Works For You

There are two types of matched grips. Both hands are mirroring each other. The German grip has the palms down and level while holding the sticks. Most percussionists are taught this grip. The other matched grip is the French grip. The palms face each other horizontally. You see both techniques used on drums positioned horizontally. They could be tympani tom-tom drums. Matched grip is used on drum sets also.

Ringo Starr of the Beatles, started using the matched grip on the drum set. They were set up for the right-handed drummer. Ringo was a left-handed drummer who had to play as if he was right-handed. Matched grip also was used because the left-handed match grip stick provided a louder sound than the traditional grip. The back or down beat needed to be heard with he amplified music. Drum sets soon were miked for amplification.

Now you know about drumsticks, practice pads, drums, and the three drumming grip techniques. You are ready with what you have read to progress to being a terrific stick drummer.

Any drummer can tell you that using the proper stick grip is essential for playing with the appropriate amount of power and agility. The stick grip is the basic building block of any drummer’s technique. Nearly every drummer has some slight variation of grip and hand placement. Every drummer must ultimately decide for themselves what feels right, however, there are a few basic elements most agree on.

Final Thoughts On Drumstick Techniques

The two basic grips are matched and traditional. For both of these grips, the right hand is the same. For the right hand grip, lay a drumstick in front of you and pick it up at the balance point of the stick using your index finger and thumb, with your palm facing down. Next, roll the stick over your index finger so that it sits between the first and second joints, making contact with the first joint. Now curl the other fingers loosely around the stick. It’s important to not squeeze the stick too tightly. For matched grip, the left hand grip is a mirror image of the right hand. For traditional grip, the left hand grip is a little bit different from the right. The left hand holds the stick between the middle and ring finger, with the index finger and the thumb closing over the butt of the stick. Traditional grip allows for greater control on complex patterns on the snare. but may also allow less power in the stroke.



When To Get Your Child Into Music

2016-08-31 17:20:24 cindylowy

I am asked on a regular basis when it is a good time to get my child started into music?  We have all heard of famous musicians like Mozart being a child prodigy and with the internet, more and more are popping up.  Well it all depends on your child and how willing they are to learn.  If there is no desire from the child to learn an instrument, there will be resentment.  The child will be unwilling to learn and it almost seems like a waste of time.  This is when it is a good idea to let the child wait to get a little older to start playing an instrument.

Music Instruments and Letting Your Child Decide

Children Learning InstrumentsMost parents have an idea in their head of what they want their child to learn and become.  Sometimes the child is on the same page while other times they are not.  Parents approach me and tell me that they want their child to learn the piano.  After hearing what the child says, they usually want to play a drum set.  Most parents do not want their children playing the drum set for many reasons.  I am sure you can only imagine.  If the child and the parent are on the same page though, results are usually astonishing.  The child is usually engaged and ready to learn.

The best advice I give any parent wanting to start their child is to sit down with them.  Ask your child what he/she would be interested in learning how to play.  There may even be instruments that your child never knew existed before you have the conversation.  I have two children of my own and I took them to the music store to look around.  My youngest one went over to the brass section and fell in love the with trumpet.  Ever since then, he has been taking lessons and is absolutely amazing at the trumpet.  My oldest never found and instrument that they really wanted to play and that is fine as well.

Listening to Your Child

Most parents skip the step of sitting down the child to hear what they have to say and move right to selecting the instrument.  The best advice I have is to not force anything on your child when it comes to inspiring them to learn and instrument.  I have never seen a happy student that was forced to play a specific instrument.  This all should be a fun process and like my oldest, your child may never want to play an instrument.  My oldest is in sports and absolutely loves playing soccer.

If you are still waiting for your child to be inspired by the right instrument, take them out to hear a band or symphony.  There are so many different instruments and sounds that one is bound to spark intrigue.  If you want any feedback, please reach out to me for any advice.  In the mean time, don’t be too hard on your child.


School Teacher Takes A New Approach

2015-04-05 18:35:42 cindylowy

Music Class In the Heart of New York

This video demonstrates the power of teachers in schools.  This is an uplifting video that helps show the power of contribution and Ellen makes a large donation.  This website is dedicated to music instruction and instruments.


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