The Trumpet Blog

Everything you need to know about the trumpet — trumpet step-by-step guides, fingerings, scales, how-to articles and common FAQs — in one place

Cornet vs. Trumpet: The Detailed Comparison

Cornet vs. Trumpet: The detailed comparison

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Double Tonguing: The Definitive A-Z Guide

Here's the definitive guide to double tonguing on the trumpet, trombone and other brasswinds. If you already know to single tongue on the trumpet, double tonguing is the quickest way to double your tempo with half the effort.

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How to assemble your trumpet step-by-step

Here's how to assemble your trumpet straight out of the case step-by-step. There is a labeled trumpet diagram, and there's also a little information about how your trumpet works.

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How to clean a tarnished trumpet (10 stupid-simple steps)

Brass tarnished easily. Here's a simple 10-step DIY guide to deep clean your tarnished trumpet on a very fixed budget. So you no longer need to take it to the music store for a chemical flush or ultranosic clean.

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How to do lip trills (shakes) on trumpet

Here's how to do lip trills and shakes on the trumpet. You need to be comfortabele with lip slurs and have a good ability to play high notes on the trumpet to play lip trills and shakes.

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How to Flutter Tongue the Trumpet

Flutter tounging is one of the best techniques you can use to get better control of your airflow, especially for beginners, and improve efficiency on the horn. Here's the ultimate how to flutter tongue on the trumpet guide.

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How to get a clear sound on trumpet (5 actionable tips)

How to get a clear sound on trumpet (5 actionable tips). Adding these actionable tips to your daily practice will set you on the right path if you're struggling to improve your tone on the trumpet, fast.

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How to get trumpet slides unstuck

Here are the two step-by-step methods you need to get your trumpet's main tuning slide or valve slides unstuck, all by yourself without damaging your trumpet — there are a few precautions you need to observe.

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How to hold the trumpet

Here's how to hold the trumpet with the correct left and position, right hand position, and posture, and without uneccesary tension.

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How to oil rotary valves

How to oil the rotary valves on any rotary valve instrument.

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How to oil sticky, sluggish trumpet valves

Here's how to oil trumpet valves in 7 easy-to-follow steps. Too much oil and your valves will be sluggish, too little oil and your valves will stick. Here's all you need to make sure your valves move quickly and smoothly up and down.

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How to play faster on trumpet

Here are my 5 best tips for fingering the trumpet faster. These are the same tips I use in my playing to quickly build up tempo and play new pieces faster — and they work. Try them!

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How to play high notes on trumpet (the 3 essential tips)

Here are the three tips you need to play high notes on the trumpet, and a simple exercise to test how much the tips are coming together to make the higher register more accessible for you.

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How to play jazz trumpet

Here how classical articulation differs from jazz articulation, and how to play jazz trumpet, whether you're coming from a classical music background, or whether jazz is the first thing you've touched.

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How to play lip bends on trumpet

Here's everything you need to know about mouthpiece buzzing for trumpet. Learn why you should mouthpiece buzz as a trumpeter, how to mouthpiece buzz (with 2 exercises) and the 5 awesome protips of mouthpiece buzzing.

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How to play pedal tones (low notes) on the trumpet

Here's how to play pedal tones on the trumpet the right way, without the ridiculous buzzing, a few benefits of playing pedal tones on the trumpet.

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How to play really high notes on trumpet

Playing high notes on the saxophone should be easy, if done right. Here's the technique you need to play high notes on trumpet. If you follow through and use this technique, playing high notes on your trumpet will be as easy as playing the middle and lower registers.

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How to relieve neck, throat tension when playing the trumpet

How to relieve neck, throat tension when playing the trumpet

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How to remove a stuck trumpet mouthpiece

Here's how to remove a stuck trumpet mouthpiece (or any brass mouthpiece). There's two methods, one without a mouthpiece puller and with one of two types of mouthpiece pullers.

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How to trumpet vibrato (technique guide)

How to trumpet vibrato (technique guide), the types of vibrato and a few vibrato exercises to get you going on the trumpet.

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How to tune the trumpet

To tune a trumpet, you either use the tuning slides, alternate fingerings or you adjust your trumpet embouchure. This guide shows you how and when to use each of these trumpet tuning methods.

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Lip Buzzing: The definitive guide

Here's the definitive everything-you-need-to-know guide to lip buzzing for trumpet. Learn what is lip buzzing, why you should lip buzz as a trumpeter, how to lip buzz (step-by-step exercise) and the benefits of lip buzzing.

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Mouthpiece Buzzing: The definitive guide

Here's everything you need to know about mouthpiece buzzing for trumpet. Learn why you should mouthpiece buzz as a trumpeter, how to mouthpiece buzz (with 2 exercises) and the 5 awesome protips of mouthpiece buzzing.

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Piston vs. Rotary Valve Trumpets (Comparison)

This guide compares rotary valve trumpets and piston valve trumpets highlighting the difference between them. Most common instruments, such as trumpets, french horns, even tubas have both rotary valve and piston valve variations. Here's everything you need to know about both.

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Single tonguing: The ultimate A-Z guide

Here's everything you need to know about single tonguing on the trumpet, trombone and other brasswinds.

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The ultimate guide to renting a trumpet

In this guide, we look at both the pros and cons of renting a trumpet and instrument ownership.

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Top 5 trumpet embouchure problems (how to fix them)

Top 5 trumpet embouchure problems (and how to fix bad trumpet embouchure)

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Trumpet Embouchure: The definitive guide

Here's how to oil trumpet valves in 7 easy-to-follow. Too much oil and your valves will be sluggish, too little oil and your valves will stick. Here's how to do it properly.

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Trumpet fingering chart: The definitive guide (chart included)

Trumpet fingering chart arranged note-by-note and valve-by-valve. A complete guide with a completely FREE downloadable PDF chart and PNG chart.

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Trumpet OR Saxophone

If you are wondering which is harder to learn, trumpet or saxophone, read this. If you are a complete beginner to both saxophone and trumpet, here are a few differences you might want to keep in mind while deciding which to start with.

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Trumpet sound effects: The complete list

Here's the complete list of trumpet sound effects. You'll find these effects written in big band charts, but they can also be used in improvised solos.

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Trumpet Transposition: The definitive guide

Here are the two step-by-step methods you need to get your trumpet's main tuning slide or valve slides unstuck, all by yourself without damaging your trumpet — there are a few precautions you need to observe.

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Understanding Trumpet Fingerings (Chart Included)

Here's how each of the three trumpet valves work, the various combinations of the trumpet chromatic scale, and transposed chart of trumpet fingerings.

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