Brass Got a trumpet today!!!


stratford on avon, warwickshire
Thought id have a go at playing a brass instrument to help understand how different instruments play and thought trumpet would be an easy start, managed to borrow a trumpet from a friend so i'll get set on playing it tomorrow!!!
Does anyone know of any good 'learn how to play trumpet' sites or youtube videos going through how you use the mouthpiece and how to blow different notes and which keys play which notes?


New Member
SW London
Can't help you on the trumpet but good luck, I find having one master time-consuming enough!


Well-Known Member
Skabertawe, South Wales
Sorry about very late response! - one of the best books is "The Jazz Method for Trumpet" by Steve Waterman & John O'Neill. Steve is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Royal College of Music, and an exceptional touring musician. It answers all sorts of questions about trumpet playing and is a lot better than the "Tune a Day" stuff, usually aimed at younger players. When practising I would recommend playing trumpet first then sax, not the other way around.

How is it going, six months on?
Kind regards


Hobart, Tasmania
Remember the trumpet version of the Olympic motto: Higher, Louder, Faster!

Sweet Dreamer

Senior Member
I have a little pocket trumpet I bought a few years back. It's an inexpensive one that everyone warned me not to buy because the valves are known to have problems sticking. I bought it anyway. :)))

I'm never afraid of mechanical problems because I'm pretty handy with that sort of thing. The valves were sticky when I first got it, and it was impossible to play because of that. However, I just took the valve assembly apart and lapped the valves in periodically. I slid them in from both the top and from the bottom when lapping them. I didn't even use a lapping compound. I just used standard trumpet oil, and just kept working with them.

After I did this they would be free for a while, and then start to lock up again. So I'd just lap them some more. I kept doing that over a period of a few months with longer periods of "playability" before they would start sticking again each time. Finally they quit sticking altogether and now they never stick. It plays pretty slick now. So it was worth buying for me. It was only about $200 or $250 I don't recall exactly. But I was told that it's almost impossible to find a good pocket trumpet for under about $700.

This one is pretty slick now. The sticky valves seemed to be the only negative, and like I say, they don't stick anymore, they are very responsive and work freely, quickly, and smoothly.


This picture is just from the Internet, but mine looks identical to this one.

I don't play it a lot. I just don't like doing all that 'brrrrring" with my lips. That's a shame too because it's a cute little bugger.
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