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Sound Bank - Trumpet Harmon Mute - Stem Out

About the Harmon mute

When the metal harmon mute is placed in the bell of the trumpet, all air is forced through the middle of the mute (it has cork sides which prevent any air escaping round the edges). This gives the mute a nasal quality. The stem can be removed completely (as in the examples on this page) or can be inserted to varying degrees. With the stem in the sound is more focussed and has more of a fundamental (which is almost completely lacking when the stem is completely out). The hand can also be used to create a 'wah-wah' effect.