When it comes to playing musical instruments, one should not expect to be pro within a day. People spent many hours before feeling confident that they actually are perfect. Playing a trumpet is not different. One needs a lot of commitment and spend a lot of time training, as mastering how to play a trumpet is a process that may need immense dedication and passion. Basically you don’t have to become the best trumpet player in the world, but at least you can begin from somewhere. The following simple steps will help you know How to play the trumpet. The steps will give you the basic principles of how to produce a beautiful tone with this wonderful instrument;
1. Playing without a trumpet
The first step is to buzz just with your lips followed by your mouth piece. This is the best way to build up strength without making your lips tired, a case that may be experienced when you use a real trumpet for your practice. It is important that you learn how to use your lips and getting them used to the basic positions. The position of your lips when you hum the letter M is the natural position for your lips as you play the trumpet.
2. Playing with the trumpet
After you have done enough practice with your mouth piece, then it is important that you start practising with the instrument itself. After putting your trumpet in position, you can take a deep breath by inhaling the place you lips in the position practised in the earlier stage. Gently press the trumpet against your lips and blow.
After getting the perfect way to blow, you can now try to touch the valves. These valves are numbered one to three, number one being the one right under your nose. Start by pressing down valve one and two simultaneously, when you blow, you will realize that a higher note is produced. Playing around with the valves will enable you realize how to position your finger so as to produce different notes. Regular practice will help you memorize different combinations which will eventually create music.
3. Playing a scale
This is learning how to play a collection of pitches in a descending or ascending order. This makes musical sense when played at correct intervals. You will have to know the notes as follows; a C note is played without pressing down any valve, D note is played by pushing down the second and third valve at the same time, E is played by pushing down the first two valves simultaneously, for the F note, you only have to push down the first valve. The final note that you need to know is the high C note, this is played by letting go all the valves and blowing through. Playing these notes is accompanied by proper tightening of lips and blowing. A good combination of the notes at corrective intervals will create a tune. Finishing this part means playing your first scale on the trumpet. You can now make it better through regular practising.