Dave playing with top function band Corra

Dave playing with top function band Corra
Summer 2010

 

 
HOME David J Ford: private lessons in Newburgh, Fife
left photo: Gavin Brown

Trumpet:

The trumpet is just such a cool instrument. It’s loud & naughty but can also be smooth & soulful, especially when played with a mute.

There are just 8 combinations of valve positions on a Trumpet, the other aspect of hitting notes being in tightening or loosening the embouchure 1 & 2. All brass instruments are the same – (except the trombone), so if you can play one, with some adjustment for embouchure & holding technique, you can play the lot.

Listen to Dave on Trumpet playing his own composition: MP3-6 MP3/film page. Dave plays all instruments.

Dave playing mute trumpet with Ken Barret in Floozie Soo
  Bring along a CD Mini-disc or MP3 of the music you want to play. The lesson will be driven by what you want to learn & we'll be using the CD as something to analyse, play along with & reproduce. As soon as we can, we'll have you playing lines to your sounds.  
  We'll try some general exercises along the way to develop your ear & other important aspects to playing any instrument. Rhythms & harmonies will be touched on now and again. View from a Trumpet mouthpiece whilst in the bath
 

Dave At the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles October 2005 with FloozieSoo

 

Practicing:

You can learn your trumpet by trial & error. Decide what you want to play. This could be by putting on a CD of your favourite stuff. Sing the first note of your phrase.
Blow a raspberry into your trumpet! Hear a nice smooth clean long note? No? Then try a couple of exercises first.

Trumpet valves
Set of Old Fashioned Bath Taps!

Bath

A great place to play is in the bath – a trumpet is waterproof after all… Get some sounds hooked up (but don’t electrocute yourself…) & play along to your favourite music. If your trumpet is very precious to you, you must dry it properly afterwards but a little lacquer can be worth sacrificing for ability. Click on the taps for more...

 
 
Dave
 
When Dave asked his music teacher if he could learn Trumpet, he refused. He was 15 & already learning Piano, Clarinet & Fiddle. Around 15 years later he bought his first Trumpet & was hooked. ‘I used to sit it on the passenger seat of the car & have a wee blow when I had to wait for the lights to change.
  Dave was the Trumpet player with Edinburgh's The Ugly Groove Movement for 4 years & played Trumpet & Keys with Soul Inferno for 2 years. He continues to play with Floozie Soo, Dajo & guests with others including Corra.
Trumpet
A rather younger Dave with Trumpet in 1998

Dave in 1998

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