What do you wish they had told you, when you were a beginner?

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  1. BobMacActual

    BobMacActual New Friend

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    The sweetest kid I know is just starting trumpet. I'm trying to compile the best advice for an absolute beginner. This is what I have so far. What additions, changes or deletions would you advise?


    1. Everything starts with air. Breathe deeply, right down in your stomach. Also, sit up straight. Standing is even better.
    2. When you practise, play fairly quietly. This will let you practise longer. Warm up with long tones, in an easy register, at an easy volume.
    3. While warming up, rest as much as you play.
    4. Start the warm up by buzzing the mouthpiece by itself for a minute or two.
    5. After buzzing the mouthpiece, take out the tuning slide, and try making the nicest sound you can, just on the lead pipe. Do this for a minute.
    6. Practise at least a little bit every single day.
    7. Use as little pressure as you can. You'll probably have to use some at the start, but don't use more pressure to play higher. As you get stronger, you'll need less pressure.
    8. Don't worry about the kid that plays higher and louder than you. He may be progressing faster right now, but you have a long time to catch up.
    9. Make the prettiest sound you can. Volume and range will come along later.
    10. Buzz on the mouthpiece as much as your family can stand.
    11. Lip Slurs are your friend.
    12. The more you play, the more fun you have.

    What additions, changes or deletions would you advise?
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    00. Get yourself a good and understanding teacher.
     
  3. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Too much stuff for a kid to take in.

    3 things.
     
  4. BinaryHulledIon

    BinaryHulledIon Piano User

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    1) Have fun
    2) Fundamentals are... well, fundamental
    3) Better doesn't mean louder
     
  5. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Think about playing the saxophone?

    On a more serious note, I agree that 3 is a better number for an absolute beginner. I like BinaryHulledIon's 3, but with one change.

    1) Have fun
    2) Fundamentals are... well, fundamental
    3) Listen to others playing around you
     
  6. BinaryHulledIon

    BinaryHulledIon Piano User

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    I'd accept that edit. Good call.
     
  7. SFPat

    SFPat Pianissimo User

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    To answer the OP question - get an Arbans, will last a life time
     
  8. Shadrack

    Shadrack New Friend

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    * Master a few fun easy songs
    * Practice everyday (Arbans)
    * Short term goal to play on school band
    * Lessons from at a local music school/store
     
  9. LiquidSean

    LiquidSean Pianissimo User

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    Your ears are just as important as your lips.
     
  10. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    1.All music is made from scales and intervals... Master those fundamentals and you can play anything on your stand.
    2. Ear training is critical. If you can't hear it...you will just be stabbing in the dark for notes.
    3. The trumpet is a physical instrument. You have to practice consistently to get/stay in shape.
     

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