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Trumpet can't be successfully played unless proper techniques are applied. These techniques consists of Notes & Fingerings, Breathing, Tonguing, and Sight Reading music. A lot of these techniques can be learned pretty easily, but you just need the patience and motivation to do so. Check out this video of Arturo Sandoval and try to pick out his various techniques on the trumpet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJrp9q8G3qk&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1&safe=active

For more information on techniques, visit the links above for help with notes & fingerings, breathing, tonguing, and sight reading.

Another important piece to play the trumpet is knowing the different parts of the trumpet and knowing how to properly take care of your trumpet.

Trumpet: brass instrument with 3 valves and producing up to more than 12 notes.
Bell: flared end of the instrument that sound travels out of.
Tuning slide: allows you to change the tube length and then modify the pitch.
Water key: tube allowing the saliva and/or spit to be released.
Third valve tube: segment that gets the tube longer making the pitch tone to be one tone and a half lower.
Mute: apparatus that can be placed in the bell in order to soften the sound.
Valve: mechanism that allows to change the tube length to produce different notes and sounds.
Second valve tube: segment that gets the tube longer making the pitch tone to be half a tone lower.
First valve tube: segment that gets the tube longer making the pitch tone to be one tone lower.
Mouthpiece: slim piece of a wind instrument that is placed between the lips to buzz into and create a sound.
Thumb rest: place to put the thumb in order to support the trumpet.
Finger button: button that actions the valve when pressed.
Little finger rest: place to put the little finger in order to support the trumpet.

Many people believe that the Trumpet cleans itself. It's a big shock that those people find that their trumpet buzzes and is off pitch all the time. In fact, there are proper techniques you have to use in order to clean your trumpet effectively. The only thing you need is valve oil and slide grease. Theses can be bought separately and are very cheap. Brushes, swabs, some lubricants, disinfectants, polishing cloths etc. are either useless or extremely dangerous to use on your trumpet. It encourages you or your kids to mess around with their instruments, disassembling the instrument and putting it in a sink full of water when not knowing what they are doing. Be prepared for a repair bill, if they do something to damage it. So, my recommendation is don't touch your trumpet.
Don't do anything to it except two things: OIL THE VALVES and GREASE THE SLIDES!

 

 

 
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