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Trumpets & Cornets

Trumpets and Cornets are constructed from a narrow tube of brass which is coiled round on itself to save space. The sound comes out of the flared bell, and is made by blowing a "raspberry" with your lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece. You can make a number of different notes by varying the tension of your lips and pressing different combinations of the three valves which divert the air through little extra lengths of tubing.

Trumpets are used in various styles of music, mainly orchestral and jazz bands although they have also been used in wind and brass bands and have been popular in different genres of music including Mowtown, Blues & Pop.

The Cornet is very similar and only differs in the shape of the bore which is conical and gradually expands in width towards the flared end. This produces a softer, sweeter sound than the trumpet which has a harder, brighter sound.

Various types of trumpet and cornets including small ones that play in different keys are available and there are a myriad of excellent sites on the internet who cater specifically to Trumpet & Cornet players.

Trumpet Links

trumpet icon Australian Trumpet Guild

Chas Colin Music - Publishers of Brass and Jazz

Asymmetrics Mouthpieces - Range enhancing trumpet mouthpieces

Bespoke Brass - a new approach to music and tutors for young musicians learning the trumpet, trombone, euphonium and other wind/brass instruments

Brass Tactics - strategies for modern trumpet playing

Cornet & Trumpet Headquarters

Four Fundamentals of Troubleshooting for Brass Players Article available at Bobby Shews site

Free-Scores - free music scores

IBEW Includes Brass Band Bibliography, resources, history, humour, periodicals, books and more.

Instrument Maintenance - Advice on the general care and maintenance of lacquered, silver plated and brass instruments International Trumpet Guild

Learn to Repair Brass Instruments short intensive courses. Contact Trevor Head, Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys

Music-Scores.com - free classical sheet music to download

OJ's Trumpet Page

Pay The Piper UK - sections for various instruments with information about the instrument, approx purchase costs.

Raw Brass - Trumpet Player Resources

Scherzer Trumpets

Some Ins and Outs of Breathing

Sound The Trumpets Publications - including the Progressive Quartet Series for Trumpets and Trombones - 25, Causey Drive, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 0LN. Tel: 01207 235784

Taylor Trumpets & Flugel Horns

Trumpet College - techniques and advice

Trumpet Fingering Chart and Notes of the Trumpet

Trumpet Geeks International

The Trumpet Herald

Trumpet Players' International Network

Trumpet Pro - Haefner trumpet mouthpieces, developed by Steve Haefner and Gary Radtke

Trumpet Studio

Wild Thing Cornets and Trumpets

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