As a lifelong trumpet player (well, from the 3rd grade), I can tell you that few things gave me as much joy growing up as playing my trumpet. Because of my dedication to this instrument, I can stay on pitch when singing, I can pick out all the other parts in a song and I get invited to play at many different venues.
My musical journey began when I came racing home from school after being amazed at a school band concert. I had it in my heart to play the flute; it was dainty, feminine and looked pretty easy to carry. Little did I know that my eagerness to join the band would cause such excitement with my Dad. Before I knew it, he went hustling up the attic ladder to find his forgotten trumpet. He was so happy at the prospect of me continuing in the family musical tradition that my eight-year old heart wouldn’t allow me to refuse it.
The next day, I shuttled off to school toting a worn case, feeling disappointed that I wouldn’t get to play the flute. A few years later, I was first chair (that’s the highest honors in band class) and the only girl trumpet player in my school. I’m so glad that I never played the flute.
If your child has expressed an interest in playing a musical instrument like the trumpet-yeah! Musical children are happy, well-rounded individuals who rank high in confidence. Still, the trumpet isn’t for everyone. Is it right for your child? Here are some facts about playing the trumpet that you should consider before you buy or rent one.
The trumpet is a loud instrument. Unlike a piccolo or a keyboard, there isn’t much volume control on a trumpet, especially when you are learning how to finesse your embouchure (mouth shape).She needs a place to play where she won’t disturb a sleeping sibling.
The trumpet player must practice daily. You can’t muddle through a passage when you play the trumpet. Each note has to be precise and that takes practice. Hours of practice! Your child should agree to and understand that it takes dedication to master this beautiful-sounding instrument.
Is your child old enough to care for a trumpet? A trumpet is a brass instrument that needs cleaning regularly. Also, there is a spit valve that needs to be used frequently to clean saliva from the instrument. The mouthpiece should be removed and cleaned every time you use it. Your child will have the responsibility of caring for this instrument but it is normally pretty low maintenance.
Learning to play the trumpet is a worthy vocation. Support your child and watch him or her flourish!
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