Even More Interesting Assumptions Proved and Disproved

It seems as if there is an endless list of miracle changes which can be made to your trumpet to make it play better and this is just another idea I wanted to test for myself.

Some have criticized me for not “using more individuals and instruments” as test units or not doing “blindfold” tests. Some feel that I have not entered enough variables into my testing to make my observations conclusive. To these comments I can only say this; these are my findings and from what I have tested, I feel very confident that I have answered the questions for myself. By bringing these ideas to the surface, I feel that my readers are intelligent enough to look into the possibilities on their own. I am not here to tell anyone what he/she should or shouldn’t believe for that is for you alone to decide. So for those who also feel I am biased in any way as to my conclusions, I’m sorry you think that even though I can’t understand how you could possibly reach that conclusion. Now at the age of 71, to be perfectly honest, I real don’t care if you feel that way for there are many more readers who understand that I am only interested in getting people to think on their own rather than believe everything they read on the Internet- INCLUDING THIS BLOG.

Now on with another test…….

It was mentioned last week that by adjusting the screw on a trumpet’s water key, the horn would respond differently. I really didn’t think so but here we go again.

I conducted tests on several on my horns by tightening and loosening each water key screw and found no difference.

I could not feel a change, see a change nor could the persons listening to me hear any difference.

If you have a different opinion, please write and we will discuss it.

In the meantime, spend less time trying to find a mechanical way to improve your playing and start practicing more.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.