Trumpet Lessons for Beginners: Overview and Scales


Learn about the history of the trumpet and watch an overview of parts and basic playing techniques in this free diy music lesson video from our professional trumpet teacher and music educator.

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From Louie to Dizzy to Chet to Miles, and now Wynton and Roy Hargrove, the trumpet has always been one the most popular lead instruments in jazz. Though it does show up in rock, funk and reggae horn sections, and even has a few classical pieces written for it as the lead instrument, our most vivid image of the trumpet is that of a darkened club with wisps of smoke floating around a well-dressed horn player.

One of the key elements of jazz is improvisation, which when practiced at the skill level of professional players requires a thorough knowledge of the basics. So start here with these free videos, and once you know how to take care of your trumpet, clean the valves and play basic scales, then you can dream of playing dark clubs and soaring solos.

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