Instructor for adult beginner in Tampa area

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by arriflex, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. arriflex

    arriflex New Friend

    Jun 6, 2015
    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum- the only posts I could pull up with search were ancient.

    Looking for a teacher in the north Tampa/Pasco area for an adult beginner. There are tons of results via google, but no real way to vet these people. I'd rather have someone who specializes in brass rather than someone who is a piano teacher who dabbles in brass. I have played guitar for 20+ years and read music/played piane for 10ish, though that was a long time ago.

    I've messed around a bit at home and have managed to play 4 notes from low to high (I think these are the base open notes?) after some long low tones for warmup- but it's really touchy depending on mouth position, angle of the instrument, etc- I'm afraid of developing bad habits. It took me a long time to fix my guitar ones.

    Thanks guys!
  2. arriflex

    arriflex New Friend

    Jun 6, 2015
    Updated post- it wasnt 4 octaves but the base ascending 4 open notes (I think).
  3. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    I'd start contacting local music stores where they have lessons being taught out of their store studio space. I think you'll find that most of these people are going to specialize in whatever instrument they are teaching.
  4. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Check with high school and college band directors for references. Note that not all band directors are brass specialists.

    The initial problem I've encountered teaching piano/voice/guitar (PVG) oriented musicians is that the students don't hear and recognize the tonal change from concert key to the Bb of normal trumpet/cornet vis a mind change to a step and a half higher or what is known as transposition, something I've done by sight from PVG music at my piano playing Mother's left side since I was 10 yo and now I'm 79 yo and have shelves and boxes full of piano and PVG music, the latter seemingly now the most common available. Too, it is a transposition from the concert key of C to a D with two sharps, as then follows that 2 sharps are added to any PVG key signature, each sharp negating a flat vis the concert key (PVG) of Bb becomes a C with no sharps or flats when played on a Bb instrument. Do you have a "trumpet/cornet fingering chart"? Use your computer search engine with what I've set in quotes and you'll find several, I like the Conn-Selmer one.

    You are correct, beginners are prone to many mistakes. Tell us what brand and model instrument you have! What mouthpiece brand and size? If you don't know the model as may be designated on the mouthpiece receiver, give us the serial number as may be found on the second valve and on some on the underside of the bell near the valve block. I'll assume since you played guitar, that you've a music stand ... but if not, get one. Keep the trumpet/cornet as near level as you are comfortable. Lastly, it is hoped that you'll disturb no one with your practicing, but there are many optional remedies if you do.
  5. arriflex

    arriflex New Friend

    Jun 6, 2015
    I picked up a '67 Olds Ambassador with an unmarked mouthpiece- a guy said it was pretty close to a 7c. Also grabbed a Bach 6c mouthpiece which I really like.

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