Trumpet Lessons for Beginners – Starting Right

Trumpet Lessons for Beginners – Starting Right

Set the Tone

When deciding to take Trumpet lessons for beginners – starting right is the most important consideration. Finding the best trumpet teachers that will “set the tone” so to speak is critical to student success.

Fundamental Music Instruction offers trumpet lessons for beginners and our trumpet teachers focus on starting right! Sign up for your  Complimentary music class. Trumpet lessons are available for children and adults, at school and online so  students can live anywhere. Our music students learn from our top-quality and talented trumpet teachers. Learn more about each of our instructors at Fundamental Music Instruction (About our Teachers). We are looking forward to helping you with your trumpet class journey with FMI.

Trumpet Players Must Learn How to Buzz When Playing First Sounds             Beginning trumpet lessons

The first step in the process of playing the trumpet is learning to “buzz.” To do this, start by pulling the corners of your mouth back, holding the lips together, making the lips thin and closed across the teeth.  Make sure the teeth are slightly apart so that the air can get through. Your mouth muscles will probably get tired after a while because you are using muscles you are not used to. To produce a buzzing sound, hold this shape and blow air from the back of your lips and through the closed front of the lips – usually, this isn’t difficult to start as long as you don’t squeeze your lips closed but rather stretch them across the teeth.

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Your trumpet teacher can demonstrate this but in the meantime, view this video and get some advice on starting right  Trumpet Lesson Video. Download a free copy of “First Songs for Band” Free Lesson Book.

Once you can buzz, it’s time to place the mouthpiece up to your mouth. It is generally divided evenly between the top and bottom lip and, of course, is lined up in the center of your mouth and not off to one side or the other.

Now that the mouthpiece is in place, do the same buzz as before. Don’t let the fact that this circular prop on your lip makes you change anything from before.

If you get the air to move at a decent speed past the lips and into the mouthpiece, you will hear the sound of a “duck call.” Try not to be overly motivated to put the mouthpiece on the trumpet, but rather spend a good deal of time perfecting your “duck call” to make this sound at different pitches.

Cheeks Should Not be Puffed Up When Playing the Trumpet

Dizzy Gillespie was famous for puffed cheeks, and at one point, he was the only person to have become so famous with such a muscular difficulty. The biggest problem to avoid when learning online trumpet lessons is “puffing the cheeks.” Otherwise known as “chipmunk cheeks.” Keeping the corners of the mouth pulled back will make it nearly impossible to puff, so if you have “chipmunk cheeks,” it is likely the corners of your mouth are not set correctly. Likewise, if the sound is similar to the sound you might get playing in a plastic bubble, the lips are probably squeezed shut and not letting air get through.


Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was one of the most famous trumpet players of the 20th century and the “Father of Modern Jazz on Trumpet.”

The Sound of the Trumpet can Change Without Even Using Your Fingers

How can a trumpet student learn how to change the trumpet’s sound without even using their fingers? The trick is to change the speed of the air.

Have you ever watered plants with a garden hose?

When you want to water plants that are far away, you put the sprayer on jet spray (a smaller, thinner opening for the water pressure), causing thinner, faster water spray, making it go farther.

Buzzing speed changes from slow to medium to fast and very fast by stretching the corners of your mouth more and more across the teeth and making the air move faster into the trumpet. But, this is not achieved by squeezing your lips together and pressing the mouthpiece against your teeth.

This picture of Sachmo accurately portrays him playing a high note/fast buzzing – notice the corners of the mouth are stretched back, and the mouth is not squeezed shut.

Fundamental Music Instruction has Trumpet Teachers for Beginners of all ages

Brass instruments do not produce sound; brass players produce sound by the buzzing of the lip as the driving force of the brass sound. There is so much for a student to learn about the trumpet, and FMI trumpet teachers are an excellent help. All of us at Fundamental Music Instruction are beyond happy to help students find their sound and enjoy music in their life.

Trumpet lessons for beginners with our FMI trumpet teachers can teach children and adults the best way to learn a trumpet at-school or from the comfort of home with online lessons. Fundamental Music Instruction is for everyone! No matter how old you are, playing music has tremendous benefits. Find out more about Trumpet lessons with FMI Trumpet Lessons.

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