Assembling the Trumpet
Assembling the trumpet is easy!
- Gently remove the trumpet from its case along with the mouthpiece.
- Put the mouthpiece into the receiver and gently twist it into place.
- To remove the mouthpiece, gently twist it out of the receiver. Do not force or bang the mouthpiece as it will get jammed.
- Place the trumpet back in its case and remember to do your case up correctly.
Cleaning and care
To oil the valves, take one valve out at a time and oil the outside surface (not in the holes). Then put each valve back in the chamber, turn the valve until it clicks into place and stops moving. Make sure the number on the valve is facing towards the mouthpiece. Make sure you put the correct numbered valve back into the correct slot. All valves are labelled clearly with a number. If your trumpet does not blow properly after you have oiled the valves, just check to see if you have put the valves back in correctly.
You will need to purchase a cleaning kit from your local music retailer or online. This kit should include valve oil, slide grease, a mouthpiece brush and a cleaning snake.
To clean your trumpet, follow these simple instructions:
- Run a warm bath or fill a large container with warm water.
- Remove all slides and valves from your trumpet. Immerse the trumpet in the water along with the mouthpiece and slides. Do not put your valves in the water. Let the trumpet soak for a few hours or overnight to give it a really good clean!
- Run your cleaning snake from your care kit through the slides and main trumpet body to dislodge all the grease and gunk, then give the trumpet a final rinse.
- Drain the bath and leave the trumpet to soak upright overnight.
- Once the trumpet is dry, re-grease the slides and re-oil the valves. Put all the slides back into place and also put the valves back into their correct positions.
- Clean the mouthpiece with warm water and the mouthpiece brush from your care kit, once a week.
Letting your ‘water’ out: The moisture that accumulates inside the trumpet is not ‘spit’. It is condensation from the player’s breath – just like the moisture from a steaming kettle that condenses on windows. When this moisture accumulates inside the trumpet, it has to be released through the water keys or spit valves. Open the water keys and blow air (don’t buzz) into the instrument.
The sounds of the Trumpet
The trumpet is a versatile instrument. It’s the champion of the brass section with its imposing sound, range and temperament. The trumpet soars above an orchestra, bedazzles within a jazz group and leads the way in a concert band with its sweet melodic tone and razor sharp articulation.
Need some helping trying to decide which instrument to play in band? Here is a link to a trumpet demonstration:
What type of trumpet does my child need?
When you are first starting out on an instrument, your child just needs a basic student model of their chosen instrument.
The trumpet you will start on will be a B-flat trumpet. Some brands and models that are perfect for students starting out are: Yamaha YTR2330, Jupiter 606ML and Carol Brass CTR-2000H-YSS-BBL and BACH TR300.
Helpful videos and tutorials
- Setting up, packing away & holding your trumpet
- Producing a sound on your trumpet
- Carnival of Venice amazing Maurice André trumpet performance
- Amazing James Morrison trumpet performance of ‘The Flinstones’
We also have our own YouTube Channel, where you can find a collection of useful videos and tutorials.