Learning to play a musical instrument can be one of the most rewarding things to do in life. The trumpet, when played correctly, can produce a commanding and beautiful tone. With some practice and patience, you too can become a good musician.
The first thing you need to do is to learn the finger combinations for the notes. There are 7 main notes, some of which can be changed by adding a flat or a sharp to them. The following are all of the notes from C to A.
C – 0
D – 1-3
E – 1-2
F – 1
G – 0
A – 1-2
These will be the first notes you should learn to play. Start off by playing a C. To do this, you simply hold the Trumpet up to your lips and blow. You will need to produce a buzzing with your lips in order to make a sound. Just experiment for a while and you will be able to start making a nice, full tone really soon. Once you are able to make a sound, gradually raise your pitch to the next note up until you are able to play it. The D and E shouldn’t be too difficult to master, just change fingerings and play slightly higher.
A higher pitch can be achieved by buzzing your lips faster. Just press your lips together harder and you will play higher. It will take some practice to be able to play some of the higher notes simply because you need to exercise your lips so they have the strength to buzz faster. It will take some time to train your lips, but you shouldn’t play too much at once, or play too loudly or higher than you are able to comfortably. There are many blood vessels in your lips, and if you stress them too much, they will burst and swell up.
Once you are able to play up to a high C, you should learn a scale. The first scale most people start out with is the concert B flat. It starts on a low C and ends on a high C. All scales have the same format. They go up in steps and half steps. One full step is a jump from one note to another note higher than it is. To get a whole step higher than a C you would go to a D. A half step is simply half of a whole step. A half step higher then a C is a C sharp. Sharps and flats simply raise a note up halfway to the next note, thus making a C sharp equal to a D flat.
The scale order with notes goes the whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step, so a concert B flat (or C) scale would be C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. As you can see, the C scale has no sharps or flats in it (often called accidentals), so it is a good scale to start one. Once you learn to play it, you can play any piece of music that doesn’t have any sharps or flats in it.
Using scales you will be able to play anything you want as long as you know the corresponding scale. Just keep learning new scales and you will be able to play anything you want!Using scales