How do you guys start a new trumpet player?

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  1. cobragamer

    cobragamer Pianissimo User

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    I am just curious about how some of you guys start a new middle school trumpet player. What materials do you start them with and how do you go about them learning their scales pieces ect.
     
  2. leftmid7

    leftmid7 Mezzo Piano User

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    if you're talking 6th grade, never played:
    mouthpiece buzzing
    whole tones
    C scale
    rubank elementary method trumpet(great book with basic exercises and tunes)
     
  3. keehun

    keehun Piano User

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    I'd argue lead pipe buzzing is much more useful and nondestructive than mouthpiece buzzing.

    Go visit Gary Radke and he will instill fear in you until you believe him (in a good way)... I trust him... And so does Bergeron, Chuck Lazarus, and a billion other trumpet players
     
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  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Long tones, lipslurs, scales, easy tunes (we write the fingerings in) like happy birthday to build early audiences..........

    After a couple of weeks, double tonguing with the scales too.

    When everything is tough, adding a double tongue is no big liability. Getting those skills in early helps out later. Waiting months before multiple tonguing means that the kids have a nice sound and the tonguing hurts that - so they don't practice it as much!

    The main issue is to build audiences. Birthday, Christmas and Easter tunes are real motivation builders! The whole family gets on board!
     
  6. trumpetsplus

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    All my beginner students play a tune at their first lesson, typically "When the Saints Go Marching In".

    I start them with blowing through a straw, then blowing (mouthpiece inside their mouth) through the mouthpiece/lead pipe, then playing a note on their lead pipe, then playing the note on the trumpet.
     
  7. daleptt

    daleptt New Friend

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    Speaking of starting a new trumpet player, I would be interested in some recommendations you might have for an adult. I recently retired and have always had a desire to play the trumpet. I found an instructor who can give me 30 minutes a week, but he is very busy, and I don't want to take his time away from younger students. I have purchased a couple of elementary instruction books and would like to lay down a more discipline plan for my daily practice. The advantage of being retired is I have the time to practice and am fortunate in having a place to practice. The downside is a lack of fellow peers to help in developing the necessary skills.
    Anyway, any suggestions you might have in establishing a daily practice routine and a way to measure my progress would be most appreciative.
     
  8. coolerdave

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    daleptt.. what city do you live in?
     
  9. trumpetsplus

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    Same instructions. Play tunes.
     
  10. kctrumpeteer

    kctrumpeteer Piano User

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    For some general instruction I like the following series of videos...
    YouTube - ‪Trumpet Lesson #1 - Air and Embouchure‬‏

    They have a series of 10 or so lessons and its good information.

    The other thing is a lot of the books out now that do instruction also come with DVDs that you can play along with as you practice.
     

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