Student Listening Notes

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Talking Points

The Music: What style of music is being played? What type of group is performing? Have you played any music like this before? What feelings does this music evoke?

The Performance: What type of trumpet is being played? Is there something spectacular about this performance? Do you see any interesting techniques being used? How would you describe this performer’s trumpet sound

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  1. Anna

    He is alternating between the vocabulary of polka music and jazz music. He is playing a trumpet with vertical rotary valves and a bell that is bent upward. Most trumpeters play with a downstream so having the bell face upwards will make the sound travel over the stand. His embouchure stays the same, with firm corners, no matter what register he is playing in.

  2. Nate Elmes

    His trumpet has a bent bell to make room for his vertical rotary valves. The bell is angled up so if he plays down the sound still goes out. He uses a double tonguing method when he is playing the polka part of the music. His face is completely emotionless when playing in all registers, and all speeds. He is playing in a strait tone, then articulate throughout the the runs and adding accents togive it melody. His playing is very virtuosic.

  3. Pun

    He is playing a vertical rotary trumpet. He started with an airy, jazzy sound and change it to a lively, vibrant sound throughout the piece. His embouchure remain the same as he played through the different registers. He takes small breath and lasted through long phrases. He is probably playing soft as he has microphones in front of him.

  4. Taylor

    The trumpet has the bell bent upwards. The valves and the the third slide are very different too. At first he is playing upbeat polka then he slowly moves into a more jazzy feel. His tone is very good and he makes his playing seem almost effortless.

  5. Scott

    He is playing a vertical rotary trumpet with a bent bell upwards. With playing valves like this it is much easier for him to play fast notes as the valves do not have to travel to the complete downstroke or complete upstroke. Throughout the song he is switching styles from a quicker polka to a smooth one, then on to a jazz solo.

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