How to Play an Easy Trumpet Scale

Introduction: How to Play an Easy Trumpet Scale

Today you will learn how to play an easy trumpet scale. You will need to have a chair, a Trumpet, a mouthpiece, and a positive attitude. Have fun!

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Step 1: ​Get to Know What You Are Playing:

The scale you will play is a simple progression and digression, going from C up to G, then back to C. The notes are written on the treble staff above.

Step 2: Assemble the Trumpet

The Trumpet has two main parts to it, the mouthpiece, and the body. To assemble, you simply have to put the mouthpiece into the socket, which is placed as an open hole on the opposite side of the bell. The bell is the large part of the Trumpet, facing left in the photo up above. The hole is just big enough to fit the mouthpiece into (remember to put the mouthpiece in carefully, so that it does not get stuck in the Trumpet).

Step 3: Make a Sound

To play the trumpet, you need to push your lips together and blow out, making a buzzing noise. Like when you make a fart noise in your arm, or play a conch shell. It takes practice, but is easy to master after you get it the first time. I cant really show you how to position your mouth, as everyone is different. You'll know when you make a good sound (strong and loud), and when you do, move on to the next step.

Step 4: Fingering of C

From there you will need to learn the fingerings of each note, starting with C. You might notice that there are three valves on the top side of the trumpet, sticking up. Notes are played using those valves. For your first note, C, leave the valves open, and play the Trumpet. C should sound low, as it is the starting note. The notes will get higher as the scale goes on.

Step 5: Fingering of D

After you get the first note of C, you will move on to the next note: D. In the trumpet world, the valves are numbered 1 to 3, one being the valve closest to you, three being the one that is furthest from you. To play D, you need to press down valve 1 and 3, leaving the middle open. D should sound slightly higher than C.

Step 6: Fingering of E

After D comes E, which is just a little more high pitched. To play E you have to press down valve 1 and 2, leaving the third valve open.

Step 7: Fingering of F

Next up the scale comes F, which you play by pressing down the first valve.

Step 8: Fingering of G

Then you come to G, which is the same fingering as the first note; C. Play this with open valves, it should sound just a little bit higher pitched than F.

Step 9: Complete the Scale

After that you must complete the scale by going back down to C. From the top note of G, go back down through each note all the way to C. In case you forgot, it goes G, F, E, D, C. For reference you can go back to the previous steps with fingerings of the notes. Play each note the same way you played them going up. Once you get back to C, you are done. I also added the notes above, so you can see the scale that you just played.

Step 10: Keep Playing

Keep in mind that playing Trumpet takes much practice, so it is okay if you didn’t play how you wanted to. Trumpet takes a long long time to master, so don't feel bad about your performance. I encourage you to keep playing, I love to play, and I hope you do as well. It is a great hobby to acquire, and will guarantee lots of fun. Thank you for doing my instructions, have an awesome day!

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    2 years ago

    I played a trumpet scale once. It weighed fourteen pounds, three and a half ounces. I love to sound off about it. =)


    2 years ago

    I always thought it would be fun to learn, I love how the trumpet sounds :)