History and Information about the Trumpet
The trumpet is the highest voice in the brass family of instruments. It is one of the oldest instruments, some examples dating back over 3500 years. Early trumpets were made out of silver or bronze and did not have valves. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that effective valves were introduced, and the range and playability of the trumpet were both greatly improved. When you take trumpet lessons, you will be exposed to an extensive repertoire including jazz, blues, rock, funk, and classical music.
When to Start on the Trumpet
You can start trumpet lessons as young as age 8, depending on the student’s lung capacity and physical strength. They also must be able to effectively use the muscles around the mouth to maintain an embouchure.
Getting a Trumpet
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a trumpet. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when buying or renting a used trumpet, it is recommended that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Trumpet
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.