Weekly Trumpet Tips 11/29/16

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(1)   Stay Musically Active! (Video)

(2) Ron’s Tip – Transposition

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Tip #1 – Stay Musically Active! (Video)

Tip #2 – Ron’s Tips – Transposition

Transposition with William Vacchiano and Ron Tenore
I studied with Mr Willliam Vacchiano for at least 14 years. Yes  over the past 10 weeks i have put my interest on here as a jazz  educator but I thought this week while I still want everyone to resort to all the weekly archives, I would offer something a little different that I feel might peak some interest. Transposition in classical music.
The students of today learn from the masters who were once students themselves They  include William Vacchiano Georges Maher. Adolfi (Bud )Herseth. Roger Voisin, Miles Davis, Harry Glantz,Max Schlossberg,Rafael Mendez, Maurice Andre, Doc Severensen. Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie,, and the other greats Arturo Sandoval as well as the great great Maynard Ferguson (the Boss) who Keith Fiala has played with., just to name a few.
                                             Transposition and Vacchiano 
One of the few things that come to mind when former students reminisce about their lessons with Vacchiano is the synonymity of the two words “Vacchiano” and “transposition” Before ever picking up the trumpet ,Vacchiano took solfegio lessons with Senor DiNobile for an entire year while in grade school. This early training along with piano lessons, developed his ear and ability to sight sing.,both of which assisted him greatly in the skill of transposition. Of the many types for technique and facility on the trumpet, the best exercise for ear training is transposition. the purpose for transposition is to address the student’s overall musicianship. by developing the mind and ear. a note is usually cracked when the student does not hear the note prior to it being sounded. If the player attempts to play a G-sharp,  an F- sharp or an  A- sharp may come out instead. Consistent practice of transposition will greatly reduce the chance of cracking or splitting notes because it trains their ears to be more active in the process of reading music.
  Doug Lindsay remembers Vacchiano telling him how he practiced transposition. He told stories of how he used to practice on the subway.
  He would say, ” I remember when I was in grade school going to Juilliard, I cut  off this valve section of  trumpet and I made a leather holster for it and I would carry it with me on the subway  and pull it out and transpose my etudes.” Alot his best work was done on the subway.
 Vacchiano said in many occasions, “Nothing will develop a musician better than transposition. Those players who cannot transpose are merely buglers.If you can play the Sachse book in every key, you can play anywhere.”
Manuel Laureano, Principal of the Minnesota Orchestra, recalled his studies with Vacchiano on transposition. “The study of transposition was another constant:and god bless him, he always had us do them on the b-flat trumpet:You pulled out your Sachse book and the B-flat at he same time”  During one of Jeffrey Siberschlags lessons, Vacchiano told him,”when you stop practicing the Sachse Book, you have stopped practicing!”
In his teaching, Vacchiano taught three main ways of transposition clefs.intervals and numbers.. He tended to favor clefs in lessons.but he did not require  students to use this method.
Ron’s’s lesson on transposition
My recollection with Bill Vacchiano  is that he always gave you a “Full meal” Lessonl He knew more about mouthpieces and the Rims and the Diameters than almost anybody in the mouthpiece manufacturing business. As far as transposition he would take the page 28 of the Arbans Book and the section where you start single tongueing, exercises 19-20,he would ask you to get the distance first  or interval, then you find the key. So being we are playing a bflat trumpet and the note on paper is a C, then if asked to play in Key of E you would get the distance from your b-flat horn which would be a perfect 4th,just by counting 4 whole tones up so now you take or count a 4th up from the C note which is the F. So when ever you see a C you would play an F. For a G you would play a C which is the perfect 4th up. How easy is that.! Vacchiano knew how to simplify anything. Remember you can do this in any key 1) look at the key they are asking for. 2) get the distance,from your horn’s key, then 3)apply that interval from the original note and you are transposing. wha-lah! Like Jeannie in a bottle! To simplify this is so easy as was given by William Vacchiano , then after my lesson with bill at 85 years old , we went to the Queens diner for something to eat.
I was Bill Vacchiano’s assistant teacher at the time. What he taught me was priceless. IT put me in 1st chairs in different Orchestras. So I hope this will help you
Sincerely yours, Ron Tenore

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