The Trumpet

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The Trumpet


EMBOUCHURETo play a trumpet, the correct embouchure is important. First you must form an "m" position or "puckered smile" with your lips. Next, put the mouthpiece to your lips and place half of your top lip and half of your bottom lip into the mouthpiece. While you're doing this, make sure that your teeth are slightly apart. Finally, buzz your lips as you blow air into the mouthpiece. To play high or low notes you must adjust how much your lips are open or closed. Followingthese tips will make it easer for you to make a good sound on the trumpet.

POSTURE Good posture helps trumpet players to play the trumpet with a good sound. When you hold your trumpet, you're going to want to sit up straight or stand to play. When you are playing your trumpet, don't point the bell at the floor. You should point it straight ahead of you. Also, you shouldn't slouch over when you're playing the trumpet. Sit on the edge of your chair or stand. You don't need to hold the trumpet tightly; you can just hold it enough that you won't drop it. Your left hand supports the trumpet and it is curled around the valves like a "C" shape. The thumb goes into the thumb saddle and the baby finger goes on the 3rd valve ring. The middle, index and ring fingers of the right hand control the valves. Your baby finger on the right hand should be on top of the ring on the lead pipe. Remember not to cross your legs but do keep your back straight. Watching your posture will help you play the trumpet well.

Parts of a Trumpet

Oiling trumpet valves

Care & Maintenance

BREATHINGWhen you are playing the trumpet, correct breathing will help you make a good sound. First, you should always sit up straight on the edge of your chair. Inhale deeply so that the air goes into your lungs and diaphragm. Blow out the air in one long, steady breath. This means that the sound you make will be strong. Practice your breathing with a piece of paper and keep the paper steady. Then you can practice "long tones" on your trumpet (one long note). If you work hard on your breathing, you will improve your trumpet playing.


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