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Trumpet Professor

Although there can sometimes be many answers to a question, The Trumpet Professor tries to answer questions about trumpet playing- from the most basic to the most complex.

Sit up or stand and hold the trumpet up. The bell should be pointed towards the audience.  Don’t slouch, the arms should not press against the side of the body but apart, with a little space between the arms and the side of your body. Don't hold the horn too tightly; try to hold the instrument as lightly as necessary to play properly. Take a big breath and blow. Pay attention to what the best playing position is for you. Good posture is a very important part of good trumpet playing.
Practicing difficult fingering passages
Using a metronome practice the selected passage slowly. Do not bang the valves down but snap your fingers down in time- practice the passage five times then rest a moment and then repeat as needed. Do this for a week then practice the selected passage at a faster tempo, in the same manner, for another week. Don’t overdo finger exercises and remember not to bang the valves down. If the forearm starts to have a burning or cramping feeling your overdoing and you should stop. Forcing the hands and forearms can cause serious long-term problems. Be patient and focused in your practice.
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