Whilst there are several types of trumpet set at different pitches (F, C, D, E♭, E, G and A), the most common is pitched in B♭ with a tubing length of about 148 cm.
Here are a few examples where you can hear the flexibility of the trumpet in action...
Massed Band of the Royal Marines
FUN FACT: The trumpet has been around since around 1,500 BC although there is artwork dating back to 300BC that showcase the trumpet. Modern trumpets are made from brass, but the earliest trumpets were made out of conch shells and sometimes wood.
The trumpet can be purchased or put on a hire/purchase scheme. If you choose to buy your own, it is worth investing a few pounds to ensure a good start
Although most beginner trumpets do not require essential accessories, below are some examples of accessories that you may need/want to maintain the playability and comfort of your new trumpet…
An un-oiled piston will wear faster than a regularly oiled piston. Oil also flushes out any small debris and dirt that gets in between the valve and walls of the valve casing. A layer of oil will also fill the small gap between the valve and the casing, reducing any air leakage, making your trumpet more efficient. Blue Juice Valve Oil is very affordable and a bottle will last you a long time. Alternatively we also stock Vincent Bach Valve Oil which is a similar quality.
Displaying your instrument on a stand also encourages you to play it more frequently as you pass by it every day.
There are various types of trumpet mutes available including, Cup, Plunger and 'Wow' mute. The Straight mute is recommended to start with.
Cleaning and Care
Like most instruments, the care and maintenance of your trumpet is hugely important in order to keep it working efficiently and minimizing repair costs. Here are some tools we recommend to ensure the maintenance of your instrument:
A mouthpiece brush is a vital investment to reduce the frequency of replacing your mouthpiece.
Herco Spitballs have 18 specially treated foam 'Spitballs' in a jar that are specially designed for Brass Instruments and clean where other products cannot reach. It is important to use a specialist cleaning substance rather than a household polisher, so not to damage the coating of your instrument and cause deterioration.
Here are the best selling trumpet tutor books for beginners:
Abracadabra Trumpet guides a complete beginner from the earliest stages of musical education to become a competent and self-confident trumpet player. It is full of exciting musical styles and popular short songs. There is a CD included with certain editions of the book. Performed by professional musicians, the tracks demonstrate each piece, enabling you to hear how the pieces should sound. CD's like this are invaluable for building ensemble experience, offering all the fun of playing with other musicians in the comfort of your own home.
Team Brass Trumpet begins with a step by step guide that talks you through the instrument and basic music theory. It moves through the notes of the trumpet, gradually building up your ability to play the variety of short pieces included towards the end of the book. The book contains a wide variety of musical styles with which you can play along with the CD, from the Classical eras to film, folk, jazz and Latin American. The variety makes it fun to learn and shows you how flexible the trumpet is and the opportunities that are available.
Finding a Trumpet Teacher
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This resource was written by:
Sarah Hayward Bmus (hons), MA
Sarah is a sprightly coloratura soprano and active violin and viola player who enjoys interacting with other musicians and teaching her students. Sarah is part of DS Music’s Education Outreach & Marketing Team and is passionate about the expansion and Educational Outreach of the company in order to help give everyone the opportunity to access music. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Music has the power to change people so help me use it to change the world!! :)