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What you are looking at here is a wonderful book of new studies, solos, and transcriptions created for the sole purpose of practicing your plunger mute technique. First popularized by King Oliver (e.g. “Dippermouth Blues,” 1923), the plunger later became associated with Duke Ellington’s band thanks to its use by James “Bubber” Miley (1923-29) and then Charles Melvin “Cootie” Williams (1929-40). Ellington was so impressed by Miley and Williams’s use of the plunger that he incorporated it into hundreds of compositions and arrangements.
Since the plunger is held in hand, the performer has incredibly subtle control over the instrument’s sound. Moving the plunger in combination with other techniques – like growling, flutter-tonguing, pitch-bending, half-valving, etc. – can create uncanny imitations of human speech and other vocal effects.
This volume by Erik Veldkamp pays homage to the great plunger trumpeters of the past with precise transcriptions of solos by Clyde McCoy, Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams and Clark Terry alongside new compositions by Veldkamp. It provides both an immersion in the rich history of this mute and an invitation to experiment, innovate and develop a personal style.
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Listen to Clyde McCoy “Sugar Blues” (and play along with the sample pages).