as you will see from my initial introductory post in the greetings area, I have never picked up a cornet in my life, prior to a few days ago. I have always dreamed of one day getting around to learning a little jaz trumpet or cornet and last week I came across a beat up old Besson Sovereign at a car boot sale.
Now, as soon as finances permit I do intend to find a tutor, if only to get the basics down. For now though I have a bunch of questions which I am sure would be easily answered by any number of people on TM if somebody wouldn't mind? The questions I have will sound really dumb and backward to anybody who is even slightly familiar with a cornet or trumpet so please forgive my ignorance.
Firstly, what is the slide all about? I understand it is to tune the instrument but it has spring loaded catches (if that is the right description) so when released it goes back to it's original position? Would one hold the slide open throughout playing a piece should it be required?
Secondly - am I right in thinking there is a Bb and C cornet? If so how do I tell which one I have? I can't fnd a stamp anywhere or anything like that?
Okay. I have about a million questions but I wont ask them all here at once. Also, I am slightly embarrassed by my own ignorance and can already hear snickering out there ha ha. Any help and advice, prior to me finding a tutor, would be very much appreciated :)