Trumpet Lessons for Beginners: Overview and Scales : How to Maintain Your Trumpet

Trumpet Lessons for Beginners: Overview and Scales : How to Maintain Your Trumpet


There is no sense in having a brass instrument
unless you are prepared to maintain it. It is much like a living pet, you have to be
responsible. And maintenance means cleaning your instrument with warm soapy water and
I recommend that you keep your mouth piece clean just for simple cleanliness purposes
and for making sure there are no germs or bits of food. There are little wire brushes
you can buy and they look somewhat like this. It is basically just a strand of sometimes
coiled wire or heavy gage nylon thread that has a brush at the end. And you basically
run it in and wiggle it around with your soapy water. There is also, if you have a trumpet
and/or a baritone or anything with a tuning slides you can remove the tuning slide and
take your brush and run it into the tube back and forth and it will come right around the
bend of this little brush and it will feed right through and you basically work it back
and forth taking out whatever bits of gunk that might be in there. As hard as you can
try to keep your instrument clean there are still times when things get in there and there
is nothing worse in an instrument to impede the air or the sound, than bits of matter.

2 thoughts to “Trumpet Lessons for Beginners: Overview and Scales : How to Maintain Your Trumpet”

  1. 1) Trumpet and baritone don't mix for serious trumpet players. The larger bari mouthpiece will shred a trumpet embouchure. Not so bad the other way around tho.
    2) Why is this guy using a "brush" that's so small? Christmas tree shaped mouthpiece brushes are best for the mouthpiece. Stick brushes for the tubing and snakes for the turns.

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