The trumpet is one of the more popular wind instruments. The sound a trumpet makes is quite necessary in marching and jazz bands alike, not to mention the importance of it in military ceremonies. Seeing someone blow on a trumpet seems easy enough but the reality is the whole process is complicated and is considered an art. Like the saxophone, flute, and any other wind instrument, playing the trumpet requires certain techniques in order to produce the sound desired. It all starts with how you blow on it. Here are some tips on how to learn to play the trumpet specifically for beginners.
- Air flow. This is the most important aspect of playing a trumpet properly. To produce the sound you want, especially extended notes which are typically common with this instrument, you will need to master the proper way to constantly and consistently allow the air from your lungs out through your mouth and into the trumpet. All these being said, it is important for you to master proper breathing techniques and be able to blow constant air for extended periods of time.
- Low and high notes. Producing high and low notes on your trumpet takes more than the simple manipulation of the valves. In order to produce the right pitch of each note, you will need to know how to correctly form your mouth. For instance, if you want to produce a low note, you will want your mouth a little open similar to how you would pronounce the short sound of the letter “A”. On the other hand, if you want to produce a higher note, then you should position your mouth to be slightly closed while pronouncing the extended sound of the letter “E”. This may be difficult but after a few trial and error runs, you should be able to grasp the concept and technique.
- The buzz. Low and high notes will depend on how well you buzz as well. When putting the mouthpiece on your mouth, close your lips inside of the mouthpiece and start buzzing. Basically, the right way of doing it is similar to spitting while your lips are closed. The faster you can buzz, the higher the pitch and the lower you buzz, the lower the note. It is as simple as that but takes a lot of practice to master. Of course, you will need to be able to blow a constant supply of air from your lungs while doing this.
- The valves. As soon as you master the technique and are producing the right kind of sound both in short and extended bursts, it is time to start working the valves. Start with an F by not pressing on the first valve from the top. Lift the other valve and you should be producing a G. Keep practicing and keep playing with the valves until your figure out the various sounds and tones you can achieve with the trumpet.
Now that you are familiar with the basics of trumpet playing, consider getting more advanced training by taking some classes with a reputable music teacher specializing in wind instruments. With enough dedication and a strong passion for the instrument, you should be playing like a pro in no time.