Trumpet-trombone doubling expectations

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TBoneHalfNote
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Trumpet-trombone doubling expectations

Post by TBoneHalfNote » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:01 pm

I'm planning soon to start my trombone journey and I have a question for you experienced doublers.

I've been playing trumpet for nearly 10 years and while I've developed overall pretty decent skills and endurance (for my needs) I fundamentally lack range. My range is so pathetic that I won't even announce it here so you don't laugh. Well, I have to be brave. I can't play above G on top of the staff in the treble cleff but I've learned to accept it.
I've tried everything but apparently my lips and teeth structure won't allow maintaining aperture small enough to play above that G.

My question is - how much of the range can I expect to develop on trombone in comparison to trumpet? Either from your own experience or just theoretically - can I be more successful on trombone in terms of generally accepted range provided that trombone requires a more open aperture?
Or am I missing anything and my problem will simply migrate from trumpet to trombone?
Doug Elliott
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Re: Trumpet-trombone doubling expectations

Post by Doug Elliott » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:18 pm

You won't know until you try it. But I do think you're missing something and haven't tried the right things. There's something about your embouchure configuration and/or related aspects that isn't right for you. Those things may migrate to trombone, or they might be fixed or improved just from the change.
Doubler
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Re: Trumpet-trombone doubling expectations

Post by Doubler » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:43 pm

To some degree range comes with proper development of playing skills. As you grow and learn to play more efficiently, your range improves accordingly. A competent teacher will help you sort this out and point you in the right direction. I'm guessing that whatever is limiting you on trumpet will also limit you on trombone. I will say that I have known brass players who could not transition at all and some who made the transition easily.
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TBoneHalfNote
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Re: Trumpet-trombone doubling expectations

Post by TBoneHalfNote » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:43 pm

For some reason I feel myself very comfortable in the lower trumpet range: from low G up to G on the second line in the staff. It feels like home to me.
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