#1
I'm trying to teach myself trumpet. Can this be done? If so, any tips?
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#2
I'm sure it can be done.

Think of it like this, the guy who invented it, had to teach himself. So he taught someone, who taught someone, who had a friend, who taught themselves.

I'd try looking at a music store for a book or something.
#3
it can be done


but getting a teacher to show you the basics of embouchure and breathing will make it much, much easier.
#4
Also buy a tuner......that way you can know what pitch you are hitting, so you don't irritate yourself by constantly hitting the wrong interval.
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#5
dude, trumpet is easy once you get the basic notes and how theyre done down its all just practicing from there on.. i know this because i played for 5 years... its just practice man
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#6
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it can be done


but getting a teacher to show you the basics of embouchure and breathing will make it much, much easier.


yeah. If not a teacher just someone else who plays trumpet who can show you the basics of those things. Breathing isn't that tricky if you have a basic understanding of other things that you do with your voice/lungs but it really helps to have someone guide on on the embouchure
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#7
I got one for Christmas and still find it difficult to do. Getting a decent note out of it is hard enough at the start. If you do nothing else atleast get a handful of lessons to teach you the basics and then learn to play it properly on your own.
#8
i tought my self how to play and read music and i have a concert monday =)
#9
I would suggest lessons, or just joining your schools band. You're better off getting lessons no matter what instrument you are playing.
#10
I'll add again - it's very easy to develop a bad embouchure without (or even with!) competent instruction. A bad embouchure can be painful and may PERMANENTLY DAMAGE YOUR LIPS. There is precedent - careers cut short, the players in question never being able to play a brass instrument again due to scarring. Plus I've heard some nasty stories of players overdoing the tension straining for range and having their embouchure muscles break through the skin during a performance.

Anyway, relearning an embouchure sucks.

Do it right the first time.
#11
Quote by Nick_
I'll add again - it's very easy to develop a bad embouchure without (or even with!) competent instruction. A bad embouchure can be painful and may PERMANENTLY DAMAGE YOUR LIPS. There is precedent - careers cut short, the players in question never being able to play a brass instrument again due to scarring. Plus I've heard some nasty stories of players overdoing the tension straining for range and having their embouchure muscles break through the skin during a performance.

Anyway, relearning an embouchure sucks.

Do it right the first time.


Ya, try playing with braces, now that sucks!

But for sure it can be done. I played it back for a few years, pretty fun instrument.
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