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Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Choosing a Beginner's Instr.

11. The Trumpet

The modern 3
ValveA device consisting of a glass tube from which air is removed, containing one or more electrical contacts operating at high temperature, which as the predecessor of the transistor, was essential to the development of electronics (particularly amplification) and is still favoured in guitar amplification and high-end hi-fi for its warm sound.
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trumpet was first developed by Bluhmel and Stoelzel at the beginning of the 19th century and is popular in school orchestras, jazz and brass bands. The Bb trumpet is the most common and so is the most sensible choice for the student or beginner. As with the flute, it requires good breath control.

Bb trumpet

It should be born in mind that the trumpet is a particularly loud instrument, and whilst mutes can be bought which reduce the
Volume1) In audio and music, the loudness or amplitude of a signal. 2) In computing, a fixed amount of storage space, addressed as a single entity ('C:', 'D:' etc). A physical drive may contain more than one volume, but a single volume may also span more than one drive!
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, they do produce a lot of back pressure, and so practising with a
DampTo reduce vibrations - in music this usually refers to the technique of reducing an instrument's vibrations and overtones by touching it in some way, to shorten the length of the note and deaden the timbre of the sound. For example, a percussionist may place the palm of his hand on the skin of a kettle drum, or a guitarist might use the wrist of his plectrum hand to rest against the strings. Also used to describe the effects of acoustic treatment.
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alone is not advised. An alternative to standard mutes is the Yamaha Silent Brass system - this alleviates some of the back pressure, and also amplifies the sound so you can listen on headphones. Important accessories for the trumpet are
ValveA device consisting of a glass tube from which air is removed, containing one or more electrical contacts operating at high temperature, which as the predecessor of the transistor, was essential to the development of electronics (particularly amplification) and is still favoured in guitar amplification and high-end hi-fi for its warm sound.
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oil and a cleaning kit to keep the instrument in good working order.

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