I have recently been trying to learn more about the original trumpets, they fascinate me especially in regard to being able to play a chromatic scale. My problem is that my research so far has been on the internet as a whole and we all know that one can waste/spend a great deal of time reading the infinite supply of data found there. I have several questions and I apologize ahead of time if they are dumb questions or seem so. 1. How does one get the different pitches with only the lip vibration? I understand about the horns with holes, I want to know about the horns preceding the holes. One site I found talked about using modern mouthpieces with these horns and suggested a baroque mouthpiece would be better. So also what would be the difference in these? Just as an aside, I have always wondered why one can buzz a mouthpiece and hit almost any pitch they want but when length is added to the mouthpiece that ability disappears. 2. Do you more knowledgeable players think that learning to play a natural trumpet would improve one's playing on a modern horn? Any insight you all can provide would be greatly appreciated. _________________________________________________________________ If you don't know where you are going it doesn't matter how you get there.