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Trumpet Discussion Discuss What age to start new players? in the General forums; "smile and press".... ouch!...
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    Piano User _TrumpeT_'s Avatar
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    "smile and press".... ouch!
    Bach Stradivarius 180/37
    Bach 1.5C

    "I built my staccato like the piano; low register with the warmth of the cello; lyrical melodies like the violin; running notes like the clarinet" - Maurice André

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    All great info. I was concerned it would be like teaching them to drive and be rather akward and stressful.

    Plus I could pass along any bad habits I have (intentional or not)

    I've also considered signing him up with a neighbor that teaches piano so he could get some basic music theory/concepts now.

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    Rochester, MN
    I think I would have to side with Michael here. I've worked with my six-year-old several times and he can get some nice sounds -- up to the top space E -- but the respect/emotion issues between father and son aren't the same as student-teacher. Besides, when you're paying someone, you're much more inclined to take it seriously.

    I've had several students whose mother or father also played trumpet but the at-home lessons just didn't work out.

    Now, having said that, if you're just wanting to famliarize them with the horn and get a head start, then by all means...

    And the Olds Ambassador (trumpet OR cornet) is a definite buy. Cheap, yet still reliable and a quality player for a beginner. Heck, I'd rather play one of them then the new Bach or Getzen or Yamaha student offerings...
    There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those who do not.

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    Jerusalem, Israel
    This picture is of George Graham's grandson; so, you can see when he starts his family on the trumpet.

    Liad Bar-EL
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    Yee HAW!
    My daughter has a brass student (tuba).... he bought his first tuba at age 65 when he retired from Dentistry. He is a new student and therefore fits the question of the thread!

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