McMain DrumMajor Kaleb
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Will New Orleans bands ever regain pre katrina status?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bryson Aug 26, 2010.

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Im Akbar,Apu,arab or thecarpet master,
Former trumpet section leader,
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At 8:03pm on March 17, 2011, Bee Ro$$ said…
Yea yu goin out there or to southern
At 7:49pm on March 17, 2011, Bee Ro$$ said…
You got into txsu
At 7:45pm on March 17, 2011, Bee Ro$$ said…
You got into txsu
At 11:41pm on June 8, 2010, lil drumma chick said…
At 12:02am on February 10, 2010, DrPriceTV said…
whats good. just wanted to say that mcmain sounds good this year. i do like yall version of if you seek amy. it sounds nice. yall have come a long way. despite what people might have said on our if you seek amy video. i just wanted to say that we at st aug dont have any hatred toward mcmains band. thats why we dont say anything negative about yall. all of the people who have said negitive things about yall go to different schools. and they are all entitled to their opinon. keep up the good work!!

Marvin Price

At 8:02pm on December 18, 2009, Baryl Coleman said…
At 2:14pm on July 31, 2009, Baryl Coleman said…
At 8:29pm on July 23, 2009, Baryl Coleman said…
Trumpet Players - A guide on to how to hit notes in the upper register.

Before you even pick up the horn, take about three deep trumpet breaths, then place your mouthpiece at your mouth. Blow through the mouthpiece until you get a buzz going using the least amount of air and energy.

Play three notes up, 5 notes up, and back down and try to play a scale. You may also want to do a siren, where you are going from the middle of your range to the bottom, to the top, back to the middle. Try to do this without any breaks.

Place the mouthpiece in the horn now.

Blow through the horn for about 1 minute without playing any notes. Make sure you're taking deep breaths and exhaling with ease. Use warm air. Also be sure to keep the airflow constant. Don't pause after the inhale.

Begin playing with some major scales, using long tones. Start with the C (concert Bb) scale, working your way up to the next major scale. Do this for 5-10 minutes.

Begin playing arpeggios (1-3-5-8). Again start at C (concert Bb) and work your way up. Perform this for 2-5 minutes.

By this time you should be quite warm. If not, do some lip slurs, going no higher than E (concert D) at the top of the staff.

Start by playing the G (concert F) right above the staff. If you have a metronome, set it at 60 beats per minute. Hold that note for 4 beats (equivalent to 4 seconds) and then proceed up a half step every 2 beats until you reach high C (concert Bb). Do this for 2-5 minutes. If this is too much, keep practicing up to this part until your chops have gotten strong enough to move on.

Work on expanding your range through lip slurs. Start on C (concert Bb) and slur up and down from there while keeping the same fingering. Keep your slur slow so you can center each note as it's played. Gradually work up the scale, by half-step, as high as you're able to play.

Repeat! This takes consistent practice. You will begin to lose strength if you rest for more than two days. Persistence is crucial while expanding your range.

When you get to the highest note that you can play, just tongue and play it over and over and over again. This is very tedious work, but the payoff is excellent, you will build the muscles needed to play that note every time you play it.

Additional Tips:
1. Always have good posture. Never slouch.

2. Breathe in deep, filling your lungs with enough air to execute the notes.

3. Breathe from your stomach, not from your chest. This will give you more air pressure when reaching for higher notes. Support your tone from your diaphragm.

4.When you breathe, be thinking "ee: in your throat. This will open up your throat more, allowing more air to enter.

5. Keep a solid embouchure (relaxed in the middle, solid on the corners).

6. Never push on the horn. Keep the pressure that you have on your lips to a minimum.

7. ( ... My personal pet peeve !) Avoid puffing out your cheeks when playing in the higher register in order to keep a quicker air stream. If you can't do this on your own, try squeezing your cheeks in with your hand while playing in the higher register in order to teach your cheeks, over time, to stay that way.

8. Rest at least as often as you play. It is only when you are not playing that you build muscle. If you play too much too often, then you are only tearing down and never building up.

9. Don't only worry about expanding your upper range, also concentrate on improving you lower register with slurs and pedal tones. This will not only help to make you a more rounded player, it will also help your tone and your ability to more effortlessly move around in different registers.
When playing an instrument tuned in the key of Bb, moving the pitches (transposing) to the key of C means seeing the written notes down a step. G on a Bb trumpet = (Concert) F on a Piano. (Even pros mess this up sometimes.)

10. Avoid tuning to a piano. They have tempered tuning. Instead, tune using an electronic (or better yet a strobe) tuner. Learn to hear pitch, especially in relation to any group you play with.
Try to take some of the major scales up an octave without removing the horn from your lips between octaves. If you can play from a low C to a high C and keep the same embouchure you'll start to see a dramatic increase in your range.

11. Never permanently set your embouchure for high notes. As you work your range up you should also keep working it down. Doing this will help you retain a good sound quality in all registers.

12. Do lots of buzzing, both with and without the mouthpiece. Buzz the full range low, high, and super-high. Do it without mashing the mouthpiece into your chops. This will build your muscles so they can support the notes on their own, without pressure from the horn.

13 Don't limit yourself to scales to get into the super register. Practice arpeggios,chromatics and also cold attacks (after long rests) on those notes .

Warning: You may get dizzy or light-headed. If this happens, rest. You may be tightening your throat or chest too much and constricting the blood and air flow to your head. Practice over weeks and months will also help, as you learn to control your air and your body becomes more accustomed to breath control.
At 3:44am on May 14, 2009, Book said…
I like how u saud "We have a Rep to Respect" under that NO Mass Band Clip.

Because it wasnt an all star band. Nor was it the same All Star Band from Pre Katrina why? because St Aug wouldn't have been there it was a NOPS thing..

But .. Mass Band aint a bad thing.
At 1:05pm on April 8, 2009, Stixz said…
pick them reading skills up more thats what gonna make you better on your horn. and me in this dude name dizzy.

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