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Trumpet For Dummies

Trumpet For Dummies

Jeffrey Reynolds

ISBN: 978-0-470-96349-4 February 2011 408 Pages




How to get a good sound, read music, and master a variety of styles-including classical, pop, jazz, and Latin

Listening to a trumpet trilla series of high notes during a military march or wail longingly during a blues rendition-is a pleasure second to none. And masters, including Wynton Marsalis and Louis Armstrong, have made the trumpet truly Gabriel's horn, one of the most eloquent voices in classical music and jazz. Yet even a virtuoso begins somewhere. This down-to-earth and user-friendly guide shows those new to the trumpet everything they need know to play the instrument-from basic technique (including getting a good sound), caring for a trumpet, and learning pieces from many musical genres.

  • Demonstrates how to play classical, pop, jazz, and Latin-with audio samples on the enclosed CD-ROM
  • Includes tips on how to buy or rent the best instrument

An ideal guide for students just learning the trumpet, or students who need a little boost, or fans of the trumpet who've never got around to learning it, here is the complete guide to making one of the world's most popular-and beloved instruments-their own.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Introduction 1

Part I: Ta-Da! A Prelude to Trumpet Playing 7

Chapter 1: The Instrument of Royalty 9

Chapter 2: How the Trumpet Works 23

Chapter 3: Choosing Your Weapon 35

Chapter 4: A Primer on Music Notation 51

Part II: The Noble Sound of the Trumpet 69

Chapter 5: Making Buzzing Beautiful 71

Chapter 6: Sound the Trumpet! 83

Chapter 7: Adding More Notes, Making More Music 99

Chapter 8: Becoming Articulate on the Trumpet 113

Chapter 9: Warming Up for Greater Success 125

Part III: Developing Your Technique 139

Chapter 10: Lower! Slower! 141

Chapter 11: Higher! Faster! 153

Chapter 12: Arpeggios: Leaps of Faith 167

Chapter 13: Developing Strength and Endurance 177

Chapter 14: Becoming More Articulate 191

Chapter 15: The Different Characters of the Trumpet 217

Part IV: The Complete Trumpeter: Knowledge and Skills for the Advancing Player 231

Chapter 16: A Practice Routine for Success 233

Chapter 17: Becoming More Versatile 269

Chapter 18: Valves, Slides, and Leadpipes: The Greasy Side of Trumpet Playing 293

Chapter 19: Collecting Stuff for Your Trumpet 309

Chapter 20: Studying with a Teacher 325

Chapter 21: Get ting in the Game 333

Part V: The Par t of Tens 345

Chapter 22: Ten Trumpet Kings and Queens 347

Chapter 23: Ten Bad Habits to Avoid 353

Chapter 24: Ten Ways You Can Be Your Best 357

Appendix: About the CD 361

Index 369