Beginner Trumpet Player

Beginner Trumpet Player

Beginner Trumpet Player    09:33 on Friday, September 28, 2012          

(1 point)
Posted by Jmoto

Hi, I'm about a week into playing the trumpet. I found a King 600 Cleveland in my friends basement and he said I could have it. I've always wanted to learn a wind instrument and thought trumpet would be a good start. I brought the trumpet to a guy they I know who has played for twenty some years and had him teach me the different parts and such, when I got home I pulled it all apart and cleaned the inside with just some luke warm water, I didn't bursh the inside becuase I lacked the tools. Then I put her back together and today I was going to tune it. Over the week I did pick it up and practiced basic trumpet things, like buzzing and such, I didn't care about the tone, because I didn't know where my embachure was and figured I wouldn't know a C from a Ab anyhow. I found it the other day, and am quite frusterated because I can play a concert Bb an octive HIRER then the Bb shown on videos I've watched. I've tried to produce that lower Bb and I just can't. They say loosen the jaw but that just makes the buzzing go away entirly, I closed the tuning slide fully to see if maybe it was just way out of tune, but the thing still plays way to high. My question is, Is it me? Or is it the trumpet? Is the trumpet suppose to play an octive hirer? Or is it suppose to play normally. Did I do something wrong when I cleaned it? What can I do to get that Bb!
Thanks for helping a noob!

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    08:42 on Sunday, December 09, 2012          

(66 points)
Posted by reedy

one of my pupils had started to teach himself using books etc before I started teaching him and he was playing everything an octive higher, or a 5th higher, G instead of C

so we worked a lot on his bottom range aswel as expanding his top range by starting in the middle and working outwards

so he could play a middle G, so we went down, G, F, E, D, C he found it pretty difficult to begin with but after a few weeks he had it, and got it sounding pretty good too!

we also went upwards, G, A, B, C etc

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    00:32 on Wednesday, December 12, 2012          


First of all, DO NOT PRACTICE BUZZING. That is wrong! That's where the embouchure comes in, for it will control the airstream (as a result of the vibrations in the trumpet) and controlling notes will become much easier. Besides that, from what it sounds like is that your tongue is too high on the roof of your mouth, thus unnecessarily increasing the velocity of the air and making the pitch go higher than what you want. Another problem is that either your bite (the distance between the teeth) or the aperture (the space between your lips where the air comes out) is too tight thus also accelerating the air and straining the sound. These are just a few things that can be thought about and worked on.

A strong suggestion I have is to get an Arban book and work out of that. Seriously. Develop a routine (if you are serious about it and are willing to work on it) so that you CAN get a good tone. Part of the problem is that without a good tone, pitch and partial recognition becomes unnecessarily harder. I recommend doing long tones (the first few pages) to get a good feel for the different registers, low and high. Then move on to scales, in different keys, major and minor. If you do get the book, go to page 20, #46. Simple quarter note exercise that goes through all of the major flat and sharp keys. Lastly, all of this builds your endurance to achieve ANY note in all registers for extended periods of time.

Keep practicing!

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    08:22 on Sunday, January 06, 2013          

(95 points)

The arban book is the trumpet bible. Every trumpeter should own it . but I honestly and respectfully disagree with not buzzing. Buzzing helps build stamina/endurance which prolongs your practices which means more xp just because of that alone. Of course after you start learning and getting familiar with the horn, then buzzing should just be replaced with routine practice

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    06:40 on Thursday, January 10, 2013          

(66 points)
Posted by reedy

Yes I agree, buzzing should be practiced, according to vizzutti himself in one of his methord books he states you can improve bu just buzzing....

it improves sound, tounging, flexability and interval training.

I personally buzz to help warm up and sometimes go on to spend a good 20 minutes just buzzing! and I cant say it hasent helped me

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    19:14 on Thursday, January 17, 2013          

(57 points)
Posted by rbreslin

Hi -

Anything that helps you practice and improve your confidence is good.

Check this out ..

This App actually listens to your playing and gives you feedback - so it can help with your embouchure and stability of tone - and the accuracy of your pitching.

I listens to you and assesses your playing through scales an arpeggios - and even makes this kind of practice fun!

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    16:20 on Saturday, January 19, 2013          

(57 points)
Posted by rbreslin

Hi All, have a look at this too ..

a sight reading exercise game called Note Hitter

It's addictive. (iPhone only - sorry)

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    13:50 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013          

(52 points)
Posted by godling

I chose to teach myself trumpet because it seemed like a challenge I could not ignore. It is such an outstanding instrument & obviously requires talent of some type to play. I started with a 7c mouthpiece & aquired a 3c & a 5 later. They were all basically just about the same & I could produce notes in the middle range without too much effort; but real high & real low notes were difficult at best. Then only yesterday I aquired a 1.5c mouthpiece & suddenly I could produce very deep rich low notes & extremely clear high notes without any effort at all. I am amazed at how much difference this mouthpiece has made. It only cost a few bucks on ebay but it's the best few bucks I've spent in my life. I aim to get a size 1 next. I'm using an Olds Super Los Angeles trumpet made in 1946.

So even though practice is obviously the main thing to do, it could also be a giant help if you try different mouthpieces.

Beginner Trumpet Player    05:12 on Friday, April 05, 2013          

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Posted by Jinoreginar

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Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    13:26 on Monday, April 08, 2013          

(25 points)
Posted by solomarce1

Great lessons from New York Jazz Academy, hope you enjoy!!

Re: Beginner Trumpet Player    12:02 on Saturday, July 20, 2013          

(503 points)
Posted by Branson

Years ago I ran into the same problem with a new student. He was about 8 years old and the first note he played was an F ABOVE high C. I worked with him for four weeks before he was able to play anything IN the staff. You may be one of those gifted few to have the ability to play in the upper register much easier than the rest of us. That's a very good thing.

After weeks of regular lessons, we were able for him to relax his embouchure enough to play in a normal range. This did not alter his upper range which was a blessing.

Regular practice will solve your problem and if you don't see improvement, try warming down with a trombone mouthpiece at the end of the day. This will relax your lips even faster.

We are all envious of your ability and when you come down to earth with the rest of us you may be another screamer!


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