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u/M0hnJadden · 8 pointsr/trumpet

The Arban is a great investment for long-term, often called the trumpet player's Bible, but I'd never hand it to a beginner and tell them to go wild. Too easy to develop bad embouchure techniques playing hard/high stuff or burn out from overly challenging material. Still good to have around, especially if you can have a more experienced player/director pick out specific exercises for you (plus there are old edition pdf's that can be found online for free) but here are some more beginner-friendly recommendations.

First of all, get a trumpet method book. I'd go with whatever your school uses if that still applies to you, but if you need recommendations we use Essential Elements in my district - I like the online practice stuff. We've also used Measures of Success which is also good, and was written by some great composers.

I love this book for beginners. It's got etudes that are more musical and not as boring but are still super helpful. This one is for very early beginners, but there's a second one that jumps up a good bit in difficulty. I like this one a lot - we use it in Illinois for our middle school state festival auditions.

For some more "serious" books that are commonly recognized, Chicowicz's flow studies and long tone studies are good for warmups/tone production, and the Clarke studies are great to get your fingers moving. All of these are a little more challenging and arguably more dry so proceed with caution, but they're excellent industry standards that will make you great.

Finally here's one of my favorites if the earlier etude books were too easy for you. This is definitely more challenging but I love it because it's got studies in every major and natural minor key that are fun and musical, plus some bonus scale stuff at the end.

If you have more specific questions or would like more recommendations feel free to reply or pm me. For now it's getting late and all my trumpet books are out in my car so I can't remember anything else. Best of luck!

Edit: First of all, I format like an old man. Second, I actually carefully read your post, so here's some things to investigate on Youtube beyond just these books: trumpet embouchure first and foremost, long tones, breathing exercises (the breathing gym is a good place to start), and key signatures if you're not already well versed in them - you're gonna see different ones more frequently than you're used to on mallet percussion. Also, please try to find someone to help teach you. There's no substitute for in-person instruction, and a good teacher is going to be able to tell you things in more detail and prevent bad habits before they get their grips on you.

u/Felt_Ninja · 4 pointsr/trumpet

You obviously know how to play a wind instrument, so that's an explanation about air that doesn't need to happen. One thing most people don't consider before jumping onto another instrument, after having played one for a while, is that they're not strictly a beginner.

The best thing you can do, is be patient with yourself. Don't over-extend to the point where you clearly know you're not benefiting yourself in practicing. I'd recommend practicing in 15-20 minutes intervals, rather than long sessions that just create lactic acid build-up in muscles, and are in turn counter-productive to development, and very often cause bad habits due to poor reactionary technique.

That said, long tones will help you figure out fingerings, and coordinate your facial muscles to do what they need to. Trumpet isn't about strength, but rather, making sure you've trained your face to play the thing without more effort than you have to put into it. Once you've got a good grasp on fingerings and facial facility, learn scales (all of them, would be nice). This will be the quickest process to making your knowledge of fingerings applicable.

I should add, by the way, that you should do the long-tones with a tuner in front of you. Pitch can get wacky, and most people try to play sharp due to their perception of where the note really is. This will train you to eliminate that issue. Marching band tends to sour anyone's sense of pitch anyway.

When you're acquainted with fingering patterns and whatnot, you might do well to invest in a good of easy-to-intermediate etudes. I'd recommend Getchell - First Book of Practical Studies for Trumpet & Cornet. I use this book with a lot of my students, and it generally carries you a long way, if you commit to playing things absolutely clearly. Pay attention to the articulation and dynamic markings very closely. They're not difficult nor vague, so this is an easy task if you can muster the concentration.


Since you'll be doing marching band on trumpet, I omitted a few things that might've otherwise been helpful to have under your belt. For instance, every marching band does some sort of flexibility study (at least among the brass section) as a warm-up. That'll give you a good idea about slurring between partials of the harmonic series, and reinforce the knowledge of fingerings.


If it matters for context, though...

I'm a professional trumpet player who also teaches a collection of students. I do marching band camps when in season, often perform repairs on brass instruments, and write for all sorts of pop/top 40/rock/R&B/Funk/Soul/Latin/Ska groups. While I'm mostly a freelance performer doing random gigs all the time, I do work for a major company as in-house entertainment, and have played with scores of Grammy-Winning artists. My students normally receive superiors at Solo & Ensemble, and several have gone on to great music colleges within the United States. I also cook.

u/Yeargdribble · 21 pointsr/trumpet

If you want technical exercises, this book is the way to go. This will help you get the technique so that when you want to play what's in your mind's ear, you can without futzing around with notes and keys. You need to be more technically proficient in more keys and also more theory proficient than a non-jazz player because in jazz you're frequently moving very quickly through different key areas and you don't have time to think about it.

I'd also get iReal Pro. It's such an amazing tool it's virtually worth getting an Android or iOS device just for it alone. Use it as a band-in-a-box and play along with tunes out of a Real Book or virtually anything you want to play really since you can easily add your own exercises, which will be helpful with some links I'll give later. I personally prefer the Android version. It's literally easier to do custom stuff on my phone with Android than on my iPad with iOS. I also believe there are Android emulators if you need, though I've never had a need.

Do lots of listening and get used to the style you want and be aware of other styles out there. Try to play the tunes with those styles. There are different approaches to improv. I've found that one of the least intimidating ones is literally to pick 2 notes and make a solo out of it... listen to how it feels across different changes. Then add a 3rd note. Listen. This is especially easy over blues changes. Play simple solos... melodic. Think of playing a something you could sing rather than feeling like you need to jump right into crazy bepop with flying scales and arpeggios.

Use some basic theory knowledge (some of which is in the book I mentioned) of what scales and notes fit best over certain things. Learn to quickly think of your "guide tones" for a given chord (3 and 7). If you're playing over some changes with only a 2 or 3 note improv to get used to hearing things, start thinking about what those notes are in each chord you're playing. You might be playing an E... it's the 3rd over the C chord and 6 or 13 over the G chord and 9 over a D chord and a #11 over a Bb chord. That kind of thing. You'll start to find out what notes are purely "avoid" notes, though realistically, almost any note can technically work if you don't sit on it. Due to how chords work in jazz, you literally almost can't be on a wrong note, though some will work better than others depending on context and some will only really work as passing tones.

Your ear will tell you a lot what does and doesn't work. Another approach to improv is to simply be able to embellish the written melody. So do some of that. You basically will end up mixing ideas to get the best solos, but mostly use your ears, but also train them by doing lots of listening. Something like a b9 chord might sound jarring to someone who hasn't done much listening, but can sound amazing as you develop that acquired taste.

If you find a lick you like in a solo while listening to Chet or someone else... steal it! Transcribe it. Play it in every key. Figure out what changes it fits over. Add it to your tool belt.

Here are some long-tone studies that run through ii-V-I in every key focusing on different chord tone relationships that will stretch your ears and beef up your chops.

Here are some scalar exercises with the same ii-V-I idea.

This will probably melt your brain, but here are some very extensive scale things if you somehow ever run out of stuff to work on in the book I mentioned as far as technique.

Hope some of that helps. It's quite the rabbit hole.

EDIT: Oh, in case you didn't know, this is the Real Book most people play out of, though if you play a lot, you'll find that there's a ton in there you don't need and not nearly as many of the tunes you would like.

Also, here is a link to a ton of the Wikifonia files before it got shut down. Open the files with MuseScore and you can adjust keys or whatever you need to do. While I've found issue with some of the chords, the leads tend to be pretty good, so if there's a tune you like, you can probably find a lead there and then download the changes to iReal Pro and play over them that way.

u/safe_as_directed · 1 pointr/trumpet

Ska is fast and hard, a very enjoyable style of play, but you'll need to build up a ton of endurance and learn many techniques to get there. I would recommend asking your school's band dept to set you up, most schools have loaners and will hook you up with a private instructor. Do not discount the private instructor, it is certainly necessary.

I also recommend grabbing Essential Elements (you should be able to find this at your local music store) and working your way through it. There is also a second book in this series (part 2) that you'll want. It will teach you all the notes, fingerings, how to read sheet music, how to manage certain styles, and help you build up a very basic repertoire of classic pieces. After that, grab Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble. It might seem odd to recommend just these, but every school I have been to for contesting or whatever has had these books lying around with dog ears and broken bindings, so they must be good :)

When practicing, there are three phases. The first third of your session should be warming up. Take it nice and easy. You are literally raising the temperature of your instrument and that is important. I usually stop when I feel a slight tingling sensation on my lips. The second third should be dedicated to actual music, because the music deserves better than sloppy seconds. Short songs from the book, or maybe you have music assigned by your school's band director that you need to learn. The last third should be technical exercises. These might be boring but you need them to build up your endurance, range, flexibility, and tone. Do not eschew these.

If you're in central Illinois I've got an extra student trumpet I could hand out to a good home. I dragged it through marching band so it's got its fair share of scratches and dings but everything is in good working order.

u/norm-trumpet · 1 pointr/trumpet

The first thing you need to get for him is the 1st Getchell book. Link below. I don't know how to make hyperlinks all nice and fancy. So sorry for the big long link. This is a great book for beginners. He will spend a long time on each of them, but it is well worth it..and will help him start reading music. Don't let him write in fingerings!!! But to answer your question about buzzing, lets say he is working on the first etude in the Getchell book. He would sing the first 4 bars, then try his hardest to buzz it. Then sing it again, then play it. That should be the method for EVERYTHING he does on the horn. I'm working on my DMA in trumpet performance and I still do this with absolutely everything I play. Also, Smart music has some wonderful play along things (with piano/band/orchestra) that are super easy and fun for kids to get into. BTW, lots of people, including myself, give skype lessons all the time. With beginners, one or two lessons really go a long way. When it comes down to it, the kid has got to figure it out on their own, but with little nudges in the right direction, they will be well on their way.


u/AperionProject · 4 pointsr/trumpet

You really need a trumpet teacher sitting right next to you to help you with this. But I will try to answer.

First of all, stop caring about range and start caring about correct, musical playing for every single note you produce out of the trumpet. For example, it doesn't really mean anything if a trumpet player can hit a grand C but can't play (and read) a nice, lyrical melody.

Now, on to your embouchure and your question. The tongue should be behind the lower teeth when paying. You articulate by hitting the top of your upper teeth with your tongue. You bracing your lower lip actually sounds kind of interesting, but over time you may utterly destroy that lip.

You need to replace your bad habit with a good one. This means you must consciously notice every time you brace your lower lip with your tongue, and move your tongue behind the teeth. Every time you notice the tongue doing the wrong thing you must correct it. This will take time, you need to ingrain this as a new habit and stop the old. Sometimes you will sound bad. Practicing will be filled with you just correcting this problem, but you gotta do it. I've been there, many trumpet players have when it comes to the embouchure.

You must support your playing with proper air support. Your shoulders must be relaxed, and your abdominal muscles must do the work of pushing the air. This must be a habit, if it isn't already. When you play those high notes instead of pushing your bottom lip, your strong abdominal muscles should do that work. You're probably young and strong, work your abs!

Even though your embouchure problem seems to be internal, you may benefit from doing some other things. Try standing in front of a mirror to keep an eye on your embouchure. Buzz, a lot, on the mouthpiece. Hold the mouthpiece near the end, away from the cup. This is difficult at first but will train you to produce sound without pressure. Maybe make use of one of these things.

Good luck, but you can do it. Many trumpet players before you have. Also, don't get down on yourself, if it's difficult just tell yourself to keep at it because it takes time (weeks). If you keep at it you will benefit greatly. You obviously don't have a problem hitting the high notes based on your post, so if you make this change you will surely be making some great music on the trumpet.

But, like I said, seek out a teacher. Let us know how it goes. If you really want I can give you a skype lesson (for free), I've been wanting to try that out.

u/bdonreddit · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I like Claude Gordon's approach, so I recommend his Systematic Approach to Daily Practice. It will be too much for you at the outset, but that's ok— most exercises will have a "play as much as you can" deal; move on after you've missed three times in a row.

Good books for specifically lip flexibility are Collin and Irons.

And of course, you can't go wrong in general with Schlossberg or Arban's.

Either Clarke or Arban's will be good for technical facility/etudes, once you're there, but really the only way to get there is to play them so start now. Play them way downtempo if need be, but you're not going to wake up one day out of the blue and be good enough to start playing out of the Clarke book full speed.

That being said, I also agree with the stuff /u/awashsound said; I just felt like giving you options if you want to go deeper, or if you—you know—prefer dead trees to computer screens.

u/earlymusicaficionado · 2 pointsr/trumpet

First, if you can get a teacher, you will make faster and safer progress. I know that is not an option for everyone. Next, mouthpieces will not be a substitute for fundamentals.

There are several good recommendations on here. I heartily agree with the Caruso 6-note exercise. I also recommend the second exercises from the Chicowitz Flow Studies, and finding a copy of Irons Slurs.

The Irons is invaluable, as it brings attention to the position and movements of the tongue arch, and this is the key to regulating your air speed.

As you ascend in range, your air speed increases through increasing tongue arch, similar to whistling. It is common for players to interchange increased air speed with increased air volume. Be careful of this mistake. Even the most powerfully developed embouchure is still much a smaller set of muscles than the diaphragm, and can easily have the aperture blown open with excessive air volume. This in turn, can lead to the player pressing their mouthpiece into the embouchure with excessive pressure to counter. This limits range, endurance, flexibility, and tone quality. The key to increased range is faster air, focused through a smaller aperture.

If that sounds complicated, that is because it is - at least in the beginning. It is one of those things you look back on later and wonder why it was so hard to get. If you can at all, a teacher will be the most effective way forward.

u/UnbentReagent · 3 pointsr/trumpet

The Arban's book really is the gold standard for trumpet playing. If you're a beginner I would focus on the first 10-15 exercises in "First Studies" and the first 5-10 exercises in "Slurring and Legato Playing." If you practice that consistently and correctly (as the book tells you to) then that will help you tremendously with creating a good solid tone. Move on to other exercises in the book when you're comfortable with those first exercises.

Another book you could use is called Advanced Flexibilities for Trumpet. This may seem like a bit much, but if you work on just the first couple of exercises, they can do wonders to your lip muscles and help you get a large, flexible range. Some of the best warm-ups are in this book.

u/ellril · 1 pointr/trumpet
  • Rent a trumpet from a nearby music store (I see you live in Sweden, do they offer instrument rental programs there?): cheap, and you can ensure it works (instead of buying a possible dud from ebay). Most shops will ask for a minimum of 3 months- this will give you some time to figure out if this is something you'd like to continue with.

  • The trumpet is a very physical instrument and it's easy to develop lasting bad habits that will really hurt you down the road. Try to take at least 1 lesson with a teacher so you can get the ball rolling. If that's REALLY not possible (a 30min lesson is $20-45 usually so it's not much!) search for Charlie Porter on Youtube and check out his vids.

  • You will improve fastest if you can play everyday: even if it's only 5 min. Rest often! The goal is to reinforce good habits.

  • Get a method book that will inspire you to continue playing. If you have not played an instrument before, I wouldn't recommend Clarke/Arban like another poster suggested- those are extremely technical and Arban is frankly probably out of your range right now. Try The Jazz Method for Trumpet. It has a playalong CD and tunes that are much closer to the type of music you like (rock) than most other method books. Other good beginner books: Embouchure Builder, or Getchell (might be a little out of your range for the 1st few weeks).

  • Lastly, please do not get discouraged! Most people sounded awful when they first started out- that will probably include you. Don't judge yourself too hard- just be patient and practice consistently and I promise you that the improvement will come.
u/TouchingMeTouchingU · 1 pointr/trumpet

Practicing your endurance is the key. When you practice on your own, I'd recommend the Irons book which will help both flexibility and endurance, and try working up a few of the Arban's Characteristic Studies or the Charlier Etudes. Being able to play those etudes top to bottom have helped me a lot. Good luck!

u/gtani · 2 pointsr/trumpet

(Me: not a trumpet player, but had same thoughts). Going pro means a lot of things besides having beautiful technique and repertoire. You might invited to a band for live sound, logistics and recording studio skills, or you might end up like most pros i know that teach privates or at a college/high schools and do other work (repairs, manufacturer's rep, run retail shops etc). So you have to think about what it takes to make a living.

Here's some books for you to read and think about as far as your playing tho

Kenny Werner,


Bruser: (Gerald Klicksteins' book is also good, i remember)

u/maestro2005 · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I mostly play musical theater, so I have all of them. In fact, I have at least two of most so if I have an extended gig I can leave the mutes there. If you play theater, this is an amazing accessory. I also feel like everyone should have at least a metal straight mute and a stone-lined, just so you can always match a section.

My favorite is my antique Shastock solotone. It's a classic tone that always makes everyone smile. The modern ones are mostly just as good though, so don't stress about finding an original.

I recommend Denis Wick. Not only do they sound good (IMO) but they've proven to be extremely durable. I've had my straight and cup mutes for over a decade now. Despite being tossed around, carried loose in backpacks to rattle around, dropped, etc. they still look like new.

u/ColbertNation893 · 2 pointsr/trumpet

It's on Phil Smith's excerpts cd! He talks through and plays many of the excerpts you'll ever need to know for an audition. It's my orchestral bible. It's only one interpretation of this stuff, but you can't go wrong with following the principal trumpet of the NY Phil. That being said, I actually do American in Paris differently from him. It's one of those excerpts that you can really explore lots of interpretations with and get creative with how you play it.

Here's a link to the album on Amazon if anybody is interested:

u/underachievingazn · 1 pointr/trumpet

Number one thing to do is to practice. Figure out a practice routine that works for you, even if it means simply getting the horn on your face and noodling around for a bit every day. Once you get to the point where practicing becomes second nature, start adding exercises (long tones, lip slurs, etc.) The most important thing to do is make sure you play every day.

Also, acquire an Arban's book. They don't call it the trumpet player's bible for nothing. While you can most certainly pull random exercises out of the book, I find this helpful. It organizes the exercises into 69 lessons, helpful if you're overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material in the Arban's book.

u/bronzedburrito · 1 pointr/trumpet

There is two models for trumpet the new one and the older model I have the newer one, it is smaller and you can store it in your bell and it should still fit in your case. Ive heard the older one is just as good.

Whenever I use it, 9/10 times I'm just using the mute and not with the system or headphones. So look into other mutes as well that do the same job, but are cheaper without all the electronics. Wallace makes a good one and ive heard the trumcor is really good.

u/tonyskyday · 7 pointsr/trumpet

You're right that breathing is not just about bringing in more air. You could take the biggest breath in the world, but if you don't have any breath control and you only use a thimble-full of air to play, it's not really doing you any good.

Language is weird and typing about this stuff can lead to confusion, but I would not use the word "push" to describe how we use air when we play trumpet.

Here's a few book recommendations that have good information and exercises:

The Breathing Book, by David Vining

The Buzzing Book by James Thompson

27 Groups of Exercises by Earl D. Irons

I also recommend checking out the Breathing Gym:

The Breathing Gym (Book & DVD) by Sam Palafian and Patrick Sheridan

u/RocktimusCrime · 8 pointsr/trumpet

What I'm going to say, I'm not saying maliciously. You need to stop being short-sighted and wanting instant gratification. You're not very good right now and you're not going to be good for a while. You need to make a practice schedule and stick to it. The tone, range, dexterity, and reading skills will come eventually through hard-work and dedication.

This is a great website for ear-training:

Beginning books: Clarke, Irons, Schlossberg

Good beginning pieces to work towards, (I've included links to videos and purchasing sites): Charlier Etudes 1 & 2, Leroy Anderson's Trumpeter's Lullaby, Handel's Aria Con Variazioni, Jules Levy's Grand Russian Fantasia

u/trumpetplayer · 3 pointsr/trumpet

Based on this, I would recommend the Getchell First and Second Book(s) of Practical Studies. I used these for transposition exercises in college, but I've used them with intermediate students for sight reading or lyrical work.

Sounds like they would work out well for you. If you want some more "musical" stuff to play, try the Canadian Brass Book of Beginning Trumpet Solos - it even has an accompaniment CD.

u/tyerker · 1 pointr/trumpet

I agree. The mutes also look homemade.

My best suggestion is to get one of these:

Or these:

And attach it to your favorite belt.

u/designmaddie · 1 pointr/trumpet

That one would work but I would suggest starting with this one first. First Book of Practical Studies Practice the first 7 exercises every day till you can knock them out damn near perfect. At that point drop the first one and tack on the next one (#8). Continue to do the same thing until you are playing the last 7 in the book. They are easier than the other book but if you are truly able to knock this book out without issue, then up the BPM. On that note, you should always have your metronome ticking away.

u/BachStrad700 · 1 pointr/trumpet

I'd suggest picking up Arban's method, as that contains a pretty good range of abilities. You can probably find it online. As well, the Real Book contains melodies and chord changes for many different jazz standards. You're going to want the Bb edition.

u/i_8_the_Internet · 7 pointsr/trumpet

I use the Getchell book with my beginning students once they have started to read music and can play up to C in the staff. It’s a good progressive etude book.

Other than that, play what you like!

u/akinsgre · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I suggest flex exercises for the range. I use "Advanced Lip Flexibilities for Trumpet"

My motivation usually comes from having to play in situations where I feel like I fail. So when I was asked to improv and couldn't do it, I started on a journey to get better.

My instructor has me practicing patterns in all keys (like ii V I patterns), transcribing jazz solos and practicing improv over increasingly more complicated changes.

u/DudeManBr0 · 2 pointsr/trumpet

Bobcat mouthpiece puller--it's a life saver. You can find it here among other places.

The first thing I would do after getting the mouthpiece un-stuck would be to take all the slides and the valves out and dip that baby (slides and all, but NOT the valves. You can hand-wash those, avoiding the felts obviously) in a tub of warm water and gentle dish soap. Let it soak, scrub the tubing out with a soft brush and then towel-dry with a soft towel. When it's been cleaned out, then you can use a polishing cloth on it that pertains to the finish of it. They make polishing cloths for lacquered brass, as well as ones that work for silver-plated. Just make sure you get the right one.

u/Iwachmybody · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I would also recommend:

Advanced Lip Flexibilities for Trumpet by Dr. Charles Colin

And all the Etudes by Hering are nice too.

u/RevlisNDlog · 1 pointr/trumpet

Buy the Arbans Complete Conservatory for Trumpet. It's a great instruction book and also makes an excellent paper weight. Seriously, this is the Bible for trumpet. TV /Complete-Conservatory-Trumpet-Baritone-Euphonium/dp/0825803853

u/absoluke_pitch · 4 pointsr/trumpet

The Beeler Method is a bit older. It's like the others for the most part. Here's a link:
Also consider starting your student early on books like the Arban's, Clarke's Technical Studies, and Charles Colin's Advanced Lip Flexibilities for Trumpet.

u/BreakfastforDinner · 1 pointr/trumpet

Beside the horn, obviously (and the Student Yamaha with a 7C is an excellent choice as others have mentioned):

1.) Good Trumpet teacher.
2.) This book, for it will become your bible

u/TrumpetGuy87 · 1 pointr/trumpet

If it's just your horn you need to carry go with a single trumpet bag like a protec single trumpet bag. They also have a triple trumpet bag that has an awesome front pocket and plenty of inside space. It's called the ipac triple trumpet case.

u/OpafiX · 2 pointsr/trumpet this has always been my go-to warmup book, and for more complex exercises to improve specific technique, I use my Arban Cornet Method (

Hope this helps :)

u/mmmsoap · 4 pointsr/trumpet

I’ve played the show, it’s definitely not that high. For the most part, even if there’s a stinger, you can take it down. One thing that will help (in any show) is mute holder to make quick changes easier, because there is definitely stuff where you have only a few beats to swap from one to another—not just to open. There may have been some solotone stuff iirc, but you can usually sub a Harmon or cup for solotone if needed.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/trumpet

You are going to have to be very patient - it's not easy to get used to hearing yourself when you are used to playing as a section. Start with long tones and focus on your mid-range; get those notes sounding the way you want them to sound (clear tone, nice sound). Again, patience is going to be key here since it will be easy to get frustrated. Once your mid-range sounds the way you want it, you can start working your way up and down. Don't forget to strengthen your low register!

You are taking lessons so that is already a great help. Your teacher should be able to suggest some exercises for your articulation that pinpoint what you need to work on. Generally I would recommend the Schlossberg but your teacher may have some ideas using method books you already own.

u/aviddd · 1 pointr/trumpet

When you're first first starting, like the first month or two, get one of the trumpet method books they use in elementary school.
It will help you with reading and sounding melodic. Practice going up and down intervals without changing fingerings. Then move on to wider interval patterns. Use only a small amount of pressure against your lips, even for higher notes. Do chromatic scales starting from different notes. I personally think Clarke's technical studies is a better starting point than Arban's for an absolute beginner.

u/Tetrachord · 2 pointsr/trumpet

I've used the Hercules stand with the little ball on top, and I don't really like them. I've used this K&M trumpet stand for a couple years and I love it. There's a cheaper 3 leg version, but I like the stability of the 5 legged version.

u/SirBrass · 3 pointsr/trumpet

I have the first model, this black, oval, thing.

The back pressure is pretty intense, I try to not use it unless I really, really need to and even then only for warmups and light etude work at best. I think the modern ones are probably much lighter and work more effectively, but I'd say in a pinch the older one will work.

u/BlueSojourn · 8 pointsr/trumpet

Do you have a copy of the Arban book? It's about as comprehensive as you can get and also has a ton of melodic, lyrical stuff in its last section (this ranges from simple melodies to extremely difficult sets of themes and variations). Pretty much all of the melodic etudes are meant to be played solo.

u/Altoid_Addict · 2 pointsr/trumpet

Newbie here, but a book I've been studying recommends against embouchure changes after playing for a long time. Can anyone with more experience comment on this?

u/dsr0057 · 2 pointsr/trumpet

Fucking this!! Keep it with you at all times. You could even start charging your fellow band members if you feel like branching out.

u/altitvde · 1 pointr/trumpet

get this book and practice out of it every day. your lip slurs will be powerful.

u/dafuqdidijustc · 1 pointr/trumpet

Carmine Caruso - Musical Calisthenics for Brass

You can also find some pdfs of the some excersices easily on google

u/tropicflite · 3 pointsr/trumpet

I have not tried it because it's $131.56 on Amazon but I might have to suck it up and pay (unless I can find one used).

edit: Happy Cake Day!

u/themanoctave · 1 pointr/trumpet

Here's a link to buy the book on amazon. It's a staple for many trumpeters, both professional and amateur.

u/mechanician87 · 7 pointsr/trumpet

Arban is the standard. Starts very basic but the hardest stuff would challenge a professional player.

u/dfrankow · 2 pointsr/trumpet

You should be able to pick up a student model trumpet for a few hundred dollars. Take some lessons. Practice every day. 10 minutes every day is better than 5 hours on weekends. If you don't enjoy it after six months, sell the trumpet, no harm done.

If you learn notation, get some method books. The classic is Arban's, $30. There are simple melodies near the back.

If you don't want to learn notation, find recordings of things you like, and learn to play along with them.

u/NoStupidQuestion · 5 pointsr/trumpet

Protec gig bag - $40 from Amazon.

It has a side pouch that can hold mouthpieces, music, and a couple of mutes.

I also have my Bach case, but I don't carry it around.

u/MarioKartGuy27 · 2 pointsr/trumpet

This is the standard. As /u/Limestone87 said, its what everyone has. Stick with this one.

u/TootTootTootToot · 1 pointr/trumpet

Based on the demo video, this looks like an embouchure visualizer, except instead of a stick you hold on to the larger, outer ring, then buzz into the smaller end. For some reason there are springs separating the two halves, I guess to cushion the impact force on your face?

Their product description uses some confusing terms ("aperture strength"?!) and makes some big claims.

Personally, I think there is some merit to lip buzzing or using a visualizer, but you might need some guidance from a trumpet teacher familiar with these techniques. On your own, you can do more harm than good. Many trumpet players do not believe in lip buzzing or do it at all, so I certainly wouldn't say you need to do it.

However, my biggest reaction is that this costs $70! You can get a visualizer for less than half of that. Or spend even less and just use a pair of scissors or a ring. Or if you really want to shell out $70, get one of these bad boys.