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Re: anyone here playing trumpet?

2/7/2004 10:11 PM
AlChemIstRe: anyone here playing trumpet?
As a trumpet player (who hasn't played in years), the guitar is 100 X easier than the trumpet. I suppose it depends on a persons natural dexterity, but for me, improvisation is difficult in terms of changing keys. For guitar, if you want to improvise a "lick" in a key a half step down from where you normaly play, for instance, you just play the same fingerings, just 1 fret lower. To do the same on a trumpet would be a totally different fingering pattern, and some of the fingerings might not feel too natural, comparerd to the key you are used to.  
 
I think in learning the trumpet, some keys are easier than others, so you tend to be more proficient in some keys than others. For guitar, this is virtually non-existant (other than when you are near the nut, or all the way up the fretboard).  
 
If I were to do it all over again, I would play the sax instead!  
Or, I would not learn it in the conventional way, and just play things by ear, no matter what the key, to become proficient in all the keys. I think when you lean conventionally, you play too much in a few "easy" keys, and develop your finger memory before learning the other keys.  
Don't let this scare you, the basics are quite easy. Now I haven't even gotten into embouchure (which depends on the strength of your muscles around your mouth, which take years of regular practice to develop well)...

 
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Stefaan Van Slycken thanks for the info, I know I easil... -- 2/9/2004 10:27 PM