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I Just Got Braces, Is This End of My Trumpet Playing?

Posted by Andrew Christophel at

Just because you have braces you are not a bad trumpet player.  In this article I will explain a couple of things that will help the young player with braces.  Over my 16 years of trumpet playing four of those years were with braces.  I will say that not everything I did will work for every player and I may not have every answer for each person.  The best thing for the player is to be patient and practice frequently; besides those two things, there are some techniques and things that will help the student. The first thing every student...

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How Do I Play High Notes On Trumpet?

Posted by Andrew Christophel at

How To Play High Notes This article is not going to make every trumpet player have the ability to play screaming high notes.  Truthfully there is no secret to playing higher notes on the trumpet, but this article will give you some tools to use to help you expand your range.  Also remember that just playing these exercises once will not make your range be automatically better, these are exercises that are meant to be performed daily just like if you were preparing for a marathon.  First thing to do is practice breathing from your belly and filling the lungs...

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My Brass Instrument Smells Funny

Posted by Andrew Christophel at

My Brass Instrument Smells Funny “I have been playing a brass instrument for several months now and there is a funny smell coming out of it, what do I do?”  Many students do not keep their instruments clean; this then causes the metal of the instrument to break down, mold to grow and the instrument to stink.  In this article I will be talking about how to clean your brass instrument at home and what materials are needed to clean the brass instrument.  Take note that I do not recommend using soaps to help clean the instrument; a brass instrument...

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Developing Tone in a Beginning Trumpet Player

Posted by Andrew Christophel at

Developing Tone in a Beginning Trumpet Player In my first blog I am going to talk about a few methods to help develop a strong trumpet sound in almost all beginning trumpet players.  A couple of reminders: 1. These concepts will not work for every trumpet player, 2. be patient with each student and 3. Allow several weeks on each activity to see if there will be positive results.  In the blog I will discuss exercises that I use with my students and ways to modify them to get them to benefit a student within the first lesson. The first...

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Sonare Pro Brass Professional Trumpet Comparison Chart

Posted by Jeffrey Kamp at

Octave Music believes that Sonarè professional trumpets offer the best value in the professional trumpet market. Within Sonarè’s line of affordable professional trumpets, from Bb trumpets to C trumpets, there is sure to be a trumpet model that fits a player’s performance needs and budgetary limitations. Their fluglehorn is top notch and played on by professional Chicago trumpet player and composer Ian Torres. Also all Sonarè Pro Brass instruments are cryogenically treated to relieve stress. See the chart below to compare the features of these professional trumpet models. Model Leadpipe Body Finish Bell Valve Guides Key TRB-701 Brass, Blackburn Design...

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