Practice Tips for Playing the Trumpet

With any new year comes new plans. If your son or daughter has resolved to learn a new instrument for 2021, you’re probably wondering where to start.

Educator approved instrument rental is usually a good idea for beginners. It ensures access to a quality instrument without significant financial investment in a hobby that might not last.

But what can you do to help make your child’s new venture a success? We’ve always found that supported practice delivers the best results. In this blog, we’ll be giving our best practice tips for new trumpet players.

Six Practice Tips for New Trumpet Players


When playing any instrument, warming up is essential. When playing brass and wind instruments, warming up can help improve tone and airstream. But importantly, it can also prepare your facial muscles and fingers to prevent any discomfort when playing. Trumpet Headquarters provides an excellent warmup tutorial on YouTube.

Play scales

OK, so we understand that repeating scales isn’t the most exciting noise to produce on a trumpet! But it really is the best way to learn. Scales are the building blocks to musical proficiency. So, take time to get them right.

Practice your exercises

The same advice applies to practicing your exercises. While playing scales is all about gaining control of your instrument and your sound, your exercises help with tone, breath control, and embouchure – the way that you use your mouthpiece. It’s the best way to improve your understanding, muscle memory and tone before moving on to more advanced pieces.

Create a practice routine

One of the most common problems with learning any instrument is a failure to practice. And it’s not that the will isn’t there. It’s usually more that practice time is simply forgotten – kids have so much to occupy their time these days! By helping your child to create a practice schedule, you’ll significantly increase their chances of success.

Learn from your efforts

Recording your practice sessions every couple of weeks can be a great way to learn. It not only helps you to hear where you’re struggling, where excelling, and where you need to focus. But it can also really build the confidence. Recording a monthly practice session, then listening to older sessions is an excellent way to demonstrate see how much you’ve improved as a player. It’s also a fantastic way to motivate. If you’ve improved this much in the last month, just think how much better you might be next month, if you just keep practicing!

Try to relax

It’s become an accepted educational principle that children learn better when they’re having fun. So, while it’s a good idea to practice scales and practice regularly, don’t pile on the pressure. And try to keep learning fun.

Playing the trumpet can be a lifetime hobby, even a career. And learning to play a musical instrument can bring other benefits too. When you’re starting out, what’s really important is that you enjoy it. Because without enjoyment, you’ll never stick with it. And having the support of your family can really contribute to that.

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