How Loud Is Too Loud?

There is a temptation, particularly in ensemble situations, for young trumpeters to play too loudly. A student might feel they need to play loudly to hear themselves well, to stand out amongst their peers, or to help lead the group. Sometimes ensemble directors demand large volumes as well, especially in jazz band or marching band settings. Volume is a slippery slope for young trumpeters. Consistently playing at loud volumes before one’s embouchure is ready to handle it can easily lead to developing an overspread aperture, which comes with a host of issues. By keeping volumes in check, educators can help their trumpet players achieve better endurance, facility, and tone while avoiding some common pitfalls related to overplaying.

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