Just a quick question....

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by TuTuKu, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    When a brass player becomes tired and the lips start to 'go', does it have any effect on the pitch of notes, ie, do they become sharper or flatter?

    I'm just trying to explain away a funny trend in physics coursework!

    Thanks, TuTuKu
  2. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I would think the answer is both. Everybody that plays in tune has a good idea where the pitch should be and then autmotically compensates for the problems of the horn...so, if you get tired you are less able to compensate, which means top space E which is by design flat will go flat and G above the staff which is by design sharp will begin to go sharp?

    At least that's my guess...of course the best way to find out is to test any hypothesis, so start playing ;)

    (BTW I don't know if there really is a quick answer to that question)
  3. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    I agree with BBCBari - for me, I just lose the ability to make fine pitch adjustments, so the tendencies of the instrument tend to overwhelm me.
  4. Lisa

    Lisa Member

    I find my playing goes really sharp if my lip is tired - I have to pull my tuning slide out a mile to compensate!
  5. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    Thanks for the quick responses, good ol' tMP...

    the results I took when I was tired where quite a bit sharper than the results I took when I wasn't so tired...

    I'll have a bit of a tootle and see if i can come up with any theory!