Some of the fondest memories of trumpet playing have come from playing in ensembles. Whether you play in a small trio or in a large brass choir, it is a totally different experience from playing in an entire band. Ensemble work is different from band work because there are less people, and more attention must be paid towards the texture and interweaving of the sounds. Here are some tips on how to improve your ensemble's play:
Once again, first and foremost, you must listen. An ensemble sounds so much better when everyone plays at basically the same volume, with the same style, and with even phrases.
Second trumpet players should always be a mirror of the first trumpet player. He or she defines every way that you should play. Unless you have a solo, remember that you are there to complement his or her playing, not to overpower him or her in a mixed brass ensemble.
If you are the section that was chosen to replace the woodwind parts in a transcription, try to "sound" like the section you are replacing. That does not mean that you should necessarily sound like a clarinet, but it means that you should play flowingly and bouncy, like a clarinet does at times.
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