A trumpet is the highest instrument in the brass family. Trumpets are among the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 BC. They are played by blowing air through closed lips, producing a “buzzing” sound that starts a vibrating air column inside the instrument. Since the late 15th century they have primarily been constructed of brass tubing, usually bent twice into a rounded oblong shape.
There are several types of trumpet. The most common is pitched in B♭ with a tubing length of about 5 feet. Earlier trumpets did not have valves, but modern instruments generally have three valves. Each valve increases the length of tubing when engaged, thereby lowering the pitch.
A musician who plays the trumpet is called a trumpet player or trumpeter.
Getting Started With Your Trumpet
Start here to learn the basics for your instrument.
Next you can go here to learn how to put your instrument together.
Remember that you’ll have to take care of your instrument, this section goes over daily maintenance as well as the less frequent maintenance tasks.
Now that you have figured out how to do all of the basics, let’s get started learning to play notes on your instrument.