First Time Trumpet Players
The trumpet (and its very close cousin the cornet horn) add pep to any band. We are very excited that you have chosen it as your instrument! Whether you are a new music student or a parent of a music student, you will want to know these basics soon after receiving your instrument.
Parts of the Trumpet
Below is a diagram of the trumpet. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Assembling Your Instrument...CAREFULLY!
Even though it’s made of metal, your trumpet is delicate and should be handled with care. Follow these instructions or the instructions given to you by your music director to prevent damaging the instrument.
1. Place on a flat surface and open right side up.
2. Open the latches and carefully take out the instrument.
3. Carefully place the mouthpiece in the mouth receiver and tighten into place. Be careful not to over tighten.
Putting It All Away
1. Remove the mouthpiece by gently twisting it to the left and place it in the mouthpiece holder in your case.
2. If your mouthpiece gets stuck, seek help from your teacher or from West Music’s repair team. We have a special tool to remove a stuck mouthpiece that will not damage the instrument.
3. Press the water keys and gently blow air through the mouthpiece receiver to remove excess condensation.
4. Wipe off the outside with a soft cloth.
5. Carefully place the instrument in the case and close all the latches.
6. Store only your instrument and its accessories in the case. Sheet music, folders, and other objects may bend the keys and damage the instrument.
Have questions? Need advice? West Music is here for you! Give our school band experts a call at 800-373-2000.
Adapted with permission from Alfred Music's Sound Innovations for Concert Band 1: Trumpet.