Trumpet Fingerings Chart. Every finger position for playing the trumpet with examples.
Have you found the perfect trumpet mouthpiece? Does it help you through difficult passages and make the upper and lower register sound exactly like you want them to? Does it support you when you are tired? Me neither. Surely there is magic in a trumpet mouthpiece right? It’s how we connect to our horn, how we make the music. Yes, our lips form an embouchure (om bah sure) which the mouthpiece turns the buzz into a sound that gets changed into a note in the trumpet. But is that all they do?
What do you put on the end of a trumpet? Easy. A mute. Mutes are called for during different parts of music scores by the arranger when they want to change the timbre (tone quality) and/or lower the volume. They soften the brightness of the trumpet and some mutes warm the sound. Funny thing, mutes are named for their shape and not how they sound.
It’s just oil right? Can’t I just use any oil around the house? What’s important to know before squirting oil into my horn? Trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn valves and inside the brass metal tubes of your the valve casing. Valve oil makes the playability of your horn better and is there to protect the valves and valve casing from wear. The piston valves and valve casings are made of pretty soft metals. Keeping a thin layer of valve oil between them will keep them from wearing and your valves slippery smooth.
All I need is my trumpet, and my mouthpiece, and my mute, and my….wait. Why do I need all this stuff? Am I going to spend a fortune on stuff I don’t need? Every trumpet player will need a few things to support their playing. Yes, a place to practice where you aren’t disturbing people is great. More important, is keeping your horn performing it’s best and accessories that help you perform your best.