Archive for July, 2012

Learn Trumpet

July 19th, 2012

The trumpet is a great instrument that takes a whole lot of practice to play it well. Playing trumpet is not an easy job, but if successful is very encouraging. If you are a beginner, it is highly recommend that you start with student trumpet.

One of the crutial keys to being able to play, is your posture. Because without proper posture, you can’t fill your diafram enough to get the needed air to hit notes well. Occasionally, you should warm up by breathing in (through your nose) steadily for 8 beats and out for 8 beats, then in for 4, out for 4, then in 2, out 2, in 1, out 1. Your shoulders should not “shoot” up when you take a quick breath. Your diaphram should expand.

Tips to learn trumpet:

  • It is highly reccomended that you DO NOT try to teach yourself, because its quicker to get someone to teach you, and you’ll definitly be better in the long run, because one of the things¬†you will learn for sure with an instructer is how to read music.
  • Practice a lot! The only way you’re going to get better is to practice.
  • Maintenence, its very important! Almost as important as practice. Basically, what you need to do is keep your valves oiled, and your slides greased, and your mouth piece clean.
  • When playing, make sure that you don’t press the mouthpiece too hard against your lips to get the higher notes.
  • If you need your note to get higher in pitch, don’t tighten your lips, FIRM YOUR CORNERS! The common misconception among brass is to tighten your lips which increases muscle tension.
  • Try not to get too frustrated. If you are getting frustrated, take a few deep breaths before trying again.
  • Don’t wear your lips out.
  • Find music you like to play that’s within your range and ability.
  • Practice consistently, not constantly.