Hi, returning to the world of Brass

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by GrowlingDog, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. GrowlingDog

    GrowlingDog New Member

    It's been a long time since I played a Brass instrument.

    I initially learnt at school on the Tenor Horn which I played in the school band, then I switched to Cornet for a marching band and also played Euphonium in the school band as there was a vacancy on Euphonium and it was a but different to Cornet.

    That was about 25 years ago.

    I have recently been rediscovering my youth a bit and decided I would get an instrument to get back into Brass. I picked up an almost immaculate Siver plated Besseon BE622 Cornet. Really enjoying playing at, I'm starting to get some range back as well, just found top G again after a few weeks.

    The cornet does seem to tarnish very quickly, I seem to be forever cleaning it. I will go searching the forum for hints and tips in instrument cleaning.

    Looking forward to finding my way around the forum and learning plenty of things I never knew before.

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  2. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Have you rejoined a band Steve?

    Enjoy the forum and you'll probably learn some things you wish you hadn't! Not everything is deadly serious especially when it comes to Baritone bashing (we all love baritone players really and bands wouldn't be the same without them).
  3. GrowlingDog

    GrowlingDog New Member

    I haven't joined a band yet. I might join one just need to find the right band for me. I am a Church Organist so have certain regular commitments that take priority so wouldn't be able to commit to any band that needed me to be available on many Sundays.
  4. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    Will you want to Contest or will you start with something less aggressive?
  5. GrowlingDog

    GrowlingDog New Member

    In think something less aggressive. We have a couple of local non competing bands that I am aware of. One comes and plays for our village Remembrance Service and Christmas Tree lighting, only a small band. I need to find out some more about them. I don't want to over commit and then let people down. I am also a carer for my wife who has Renal failure, I am responsible for doing her dialysis 4 times a week, with that and the church organ I need to make sure I don't take too much on. I'd love to play in a band, but I'll only do it if it fits and I can commit to it.
  6. Repman

    Repman New Member

    Welcome back, seems a lot of people pick it up again after long breaks. I joined a local non contesting band who only practice once a week and it's working well for me. getting used to listening to others whilst playing is something I found very useful.
  7. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    Don't restrict yourself to just brass bands, also try your local concert band they tend not to have a restriction on numbers so will be more accommodating when you have to. Miss for your other commitments!
  8. julian

    julian Active Member

    Hi Steve, welcome back to brass playing! If you can find a band or other group to play with, I would certainly recommend it. Solo playing is very enjoyable, but for me, at least, being part of a band hikes it up to another level.
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  9. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't practice very much without having bandmates.
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  10. Queeg2000

    Queeg2000 Member

    Can I ask if you learned to play brass or organ first?

    I know a few brass players who have tried to play organ or piano and found it impossible, yet I know a few pianists who have done well on brass.

    I'm sure the mindset of a brass player of playing one note at a time makes playing a piano or organ harder for us than it would be for a total beginner as we have to unlearn a lot of what we know and start again with a new approach.
  11. GrowlingDog

    GrowlingDog New Member

    I learnt to play Organ first, I think you are probably right, it would be harder the other way around.
    However, I can play Organ, Guitar, Cornet, I cannot play a piano at all though, never have been able to. I don't even bother trying now.
  12. Suzi Q

    Suzi Q Member

    Hi Growling dog and welcome!

    I played piano (and clarinet) and had no problem learning brass. From observing pupils I teach on Piano who have learnt Brass first, I don’t think having different finger numbers helps! I call it ‘brass syndrome’! The thumb is number one on a keyboard instrument. I get in a muddle sometimes and use the wrong finger in my horn, but the resulting note reminds me!

  13. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    I learnt to play a brass instrument from age seven....didn't start piano until a couple of years later, had no problem learning the piano......but children learn things easier and faster than adults.....
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