History and Overview of the Trumpet


The trumpet is an ancient instrument that was initially used to send signals across great distances. Many developments over the years led to a very good sounding baroque trumpet and eventually the modern valve trumpet, which was developed in the early 19th century. Even with these changes, the trumpet has retained its ‘soul’ as an instrument of power, glory, and grandeur. These traits are present in the classical trumpet repertoire and are also exemplified in blues, jazz, funk, and other pop styles where the trumpet is used.

Check out the videos below on how to assemble, care for and play your trumpet!

  • The different parts of the trumpet
  • How to breathe properly
  • How to hold the trumpet and place your fingers
  • How to produce a sound on the trumpet
  • How to tongue on the trumpet
  • How to clean your trumpet

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