Dashboard icon
Dashboard
View Member Profile
View Profile
Add or Edit My Works icon
My Works
Edit Member Profile icon
Edit Profile
Member Orders Page icon
Orders
Member Shipping Settings Page icon
Shipping
Member Profile Page Statistics icon
Statistics
Edit Member Settings icon
Settings
Member Inbox icon
Inbox
Logout icon
Logout
Member Login Sign Up icon
Country Flag
per page

Music Term: Trigger

Library Menu icon
Library Home
Promotion Tools
Member Help
Member FAQ
Roving Festival FAQ
Site Map
Link to Artopium
About Us
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Trigger


Definition and background:

A lever used on certain brass instruments that provide special functionality. The lever will typically operate a rotary valve to add tubing to the instrument and lower the key ( tonality) of the instrument's harmonic overtone series or control the movement of one the tuning slides to provide a high degree of control over intonation. The trigger is typically operated by the index finger, thumb, or fourth (little) finger depending upon the instrument. The most common use of the trigger is on trombone, horns, tubas, and trumpets. Horn Thumb Triggers The modern horn is an instrument in the key of F. The double horn has a trigger to put the horn into the key of B-flat (raising the key by a perfect fourth). A double horn will normally have two full sets of tubing (one set for F and one for B -flat) and the thumb trigger will route the air stream through the second set of tubes. The air stream is directed into the F tubes ( F side) or the B -flat tubes ( B- flat side) depending upon whether or not the trigger is engaged. The F side of the horn works well for the lower pitches and the B-flat side of the horn is better suited for the higher register of the instrument since the tubing is shorter. Trombone Triggers The trombone is in the key of B -flat. Typically the bass trombones and many large bore tenor trombones will have a trigger to put the instrument into the key of F (lower the key by a perfect fourth). This allows the performer to perform the low C and B -flat (on the bass clef staff) in 1st and 2nd positions rather than the normal 6th and 7th positions providing better flexibility in fast passages. It also extends the playable notes in the low range between the F below the staff (FF) to the low C (CC). As a side note, the extra tubing associated with the trigger systems will always have a tuning slide to allow the performer to correctly tune that portion of the instrument. Often long tuning slides are used that can be pulled out far enough to allow the same attachment to be tuned to E (a half step lower) and increase the range of possiblilities for certain musical passages. The use of the trigger also changes the positions of the notes slightly. Bass trombones often have a second trigger which is either "dependent" or "independent" of the first trigger. That means, in the dependent trigger system, the second trigger will not work unless the first trigger is also engaged. The independent trigger system allows each trigger to be used independently. Typically, the second trigger will be in the key of D (extendable to D -flat). The use of the independent trigger system will have four keys available in one trombone: B -flat, F, G (or G -flat), and D (or D -flat). Trumpet & Tuba Triggers Trumpets and tubas will occasionally have trigger devices that will allow the performer to slightly extend the first or third valve tuning slides to adjust the intonation for certain valve combinations. They are most commonly spring-loaded so the tuning slide (once extended) will return to it's original position once the trigger is released.

The signal or the action of sending a signal to control the start of an event. Also refers to a device, which puts out a signal to control the start of an event, including a device that puts out such a signal when struck.


Select from a letter above to find a music term in the Artopium index, or enter a music term below to search the entire index using Google Search.



This is a collection of over 7,000 music terms and definitions used for music theory, composition, instruments and more; a dictionary compiled by Artopium.com as a resource for all musicians everywhere, but especially for Artopium.com member artists. Artopium is a consignment website dedicated to promoting and selling the works of independent artists, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers and authors from around the world. After looking up your music term and definition, if you have't already, please peruse the thousands of titles listed on Artopium by selecting from one of the categories above (Art, Music, Fashion, Video and Books). Or if you're an artist, sign up today for free and start selling your work immediately!



Wikipedia - Glossary of Musical Terminology

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

ORB -- Medieval Music Glossary



Artopium © 2002 - 2017