The trumpet is an instrument that is a member of the brass family, though
it has also been referred to as a wind or an aerophone instrument, and has the
highest register among all the brass instruments. The trumpet is made out of
brass tubing that is narrowest at the mouthpiece and widest at the end.
This particular instrument, like other brass instruments is played by
blowing into the mouthpiece through closed lips to create a vibration. The
instrument as three keys or piston valves that work to alter the sound produced,
often creating a lower pitch. Each valve will lower the sound the trumpet makes
as it is pressed down by the musician. There are also different kinds of
trumpets that are tuned to different notes. The most common trumpet played is
known as the B-flat trumpet. Other types of trumpets that are played but are not
as common are the C, D, E, F, G, and A.
Surprisingly enough, the trumpet has been around for a very long time,
even if the earlier trumpets did not look like the trumpets people are more
familiar with today. The earliest proof of the existence of trumpets goes back
as far as 1500 BC, though it is believed that trumpets could have easily existed
before this as well.
Another interesting note about the trumpet is that it was not originally
used for music. Instead, it was used for signaling purposes for religious
ceremonies or military use. It really was not until medieval times that the
trumpet started to be used more as a musical instrument instead of being limited
to previous purposes. In fact, it was even seen as a special talent, which those
who played would keep to themselves because it was regarded as a guarded craft.
It was after this time that the trumpet really started to change, as
improvements and adaptations were made to have the trumpet keep up with its
demands. Even with these improvements, the addition of the valves on the trumpet
did not occur until the early to mid 1800s.
It appears that few young people will take up the instrument instead of
popular instruments like the guitar and the piano. A common misconception is
that it is really simple to play, but the truth is that it can be a little
complex. One has to have good control of the air that they blow into the trumpet
in order to get the right sound. Some will take an interest in the trumpet
because they appreciate its bold and bright sound. It is common in marching
bands, in the military and is also common in schools.
It is a relatively inexpensive instrument to play in comparison to others,
so school bands will sometimes be able to teach students who want to learn it.
Its drawback for many people is that it does not have a wide range of sounds and
many who want to learn how to play an instrument are looking for something that
can create a variety of different sounds.
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