Trumpet Player with a mute

What Is A Trumpet Mute?

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.

Piccolo Trumpet

What Is A Piccolo Trumpet?

Is it a Piccolo or is it a Trumpet? Can I become a screamer overnight? Sorry to say these were the first things that I thought about when I first heard of a Piccolo Trumpet. So what is it, really? In my mind, the Piccolo Trumpet is to the trumpet, what the piccolo is to the flute. It’s the smallest of the different trumpets you can find and much brighter in tone.

Trumpet Parts

Trumpet Parts

What the heck is a “Water Key”? I’m pretty sure that’s not plain water that’s coming out. “Spit Valve” makes more sense, but it’s not a valve. What gives? What are all these parts and why are they important to the sound? Trumpets, Flugelhorns, and Cornets have a surprising number of parts. Would you like to know all their names to amaze your friends and bore your not-so-friends? Here is the anatomy of a trumpet for your dissection fun.

Louis Armstrong

Famous Trumpet Players of Today and of All Time

As a kid, I remember watching the TV show “The Green Hornet” and the wailing, fast hitting trumpet sound of the theme song. I had no idea what a trumpet was or who Al Hirt was back then. I remember that trumpet song though. Fast forward a few years and I’m sitting in the admissions office with my mom for my new school, entering the 5th grade. I knew I wanted to join band. I had every intention of playing the drums, for some reason I thought they were cool. When they asked me, “What instrument do you want to play?” I said “Trumpet”. It just came out. And so, began my journey of discovery of this great instrument, lifelong bandmates, and the fascination with famous trumpet players.

Disassembled Flugelhorn.

How To Clean A Trumpet or a Flugelhorn

This is a step by step guide with helpful tips for learning how to clean a trumpet. To keep your trumpet performing at its best, regular maintenance is essential. This guide will take you through the process which you should do once a month.

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