So you want to play trumpet/cornet!
In everyone’s life, we will eventually have to make decisions. If you are considering the possibility of starting to learn to play a trumpet/cornet, you might be interested in the following information.
“Why should I learn to play a trumpet/cornet”?
Learning any instrument has been proven to build confidence in ones self as well as add to social skills and personal pride of achievement. With that said, why would anyone decide on the trumpet?
“If I learn to play the guitar or piano, I can play both melody as well as chords which sound more complete than does the sound of a trumpet/cornet which can only play one note at a time”.
This is true. The trumpet can only play one note at a time (sub tones and harmonics may be discussed at a later time). The trumpet is manly limited to melodic playing.
“I can play much louder on an electric guitar than I can on a trumpet/cornet”.
This is also true for the dynamic range of a trumpet is limited by the amount of air passing through the mouthpiece not by the power of an amplifier.
“I see more people playing drums on television than I do trumpets/cornets”.
This is also a fact.
“So why should I learn to play a trumpet/cornet”?
6 reasons you should learn to play a trumpet/cornet
- The trumpet is used in every style of musical performance.
- Trumpets are usually the leading or dominant instrument in most ensembles.
- The sound of the trumpet can range from a soft, expressive tone to the most powerful.
- Trumpets perform well in both classical and popular styles of music.
- Technically speaking the trumpet is as agile as any other musical instrument.
- Even though learning to play a trumpet takes regular practice, it’s worth it.
I still want to play a trumpet, now what do I do?
If you have been approached by a music teacher in your school to begin study on an instrument, then that would be the person to contact. If you have always wanted to play trumpet but never got around to it, continue reading.
I have been approached by older individuals who have felt the need to learn or re-learn an instrument. The reasons for this could be many but the desire to get back into music or begin an instrument is increasing in older people. If you qualify as this type of individual, I have a few suggestions.
How do I get started learning/relearning to play the trumpet/cornet?
If you are in school, contact your music teacher and follow his/her instructions. If you want to begin learning to play trumpet/cornet on your own, I would suggest the following-
- Contact your local music store to set up a rental program for an instrument.
- Find a local trumpet/cornet teacher to schedule a private lessons.
- By the time your rental program has ended, you should know if you want to continue.
- If you still want to continue, the next step is to purchase a quality instrument.
If you have played trumpet/cornet before and still own an instrument, I suggest the following-
- Check to see if your instrument still works
- If the valves move up and down easily after oiling them, continue to suggestion 3.
- Check the water key (NOTE: water key, NOT SPIT VALVE) for leaks.
- Clean your instrument
- Begin regular practice