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Learn to Play the Trumpet: Beginner to Pro Made the Easy Way

Master the art of Trumpet! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours and at a fraction of the cost.
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MusicProfessor Online Music Lessons
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Assemble and care for a trumpet
Form a correct, strong trumpet embouchure
Read and interpret music notation
Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
Perform multiple Major scales
Recognize and play nearly every note on the trumpet

|| COURSE DESCRIPTION ||

Learning to play the trumpet is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. 

That’s where MusicProfessor can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great trumpeter. On the way, you’ll also learn music theory and musicianship skills. 

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. Each MusicProfessor Trumpet course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 18,000 MusicProfessor students and begin your studies today!


|| COURSE FEATURES ||

  • Over 140 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music
  • Trumpet-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Trumpet equipment recommendations
  • Learn how to clean and maintain your horn
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music

MusicProfessor’s curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor’s curriculum.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


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|| ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR ||

John Holt is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas. Holt is also principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989.

The consummate musical artist, Holt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Committed to the advancement of contemporary chamber music in performance, recordings and education, Holt has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works since 2003. Trumpet Panoply CD 769 is Holt’s seventh solo CD recording with Crystal Records and was released in April of 2011. His six previous solo recordings, all on the Crystal Records label, have received unanimous critical acclaim by industry publications Fanfare, American Record Guide, Instrumentalist, Gramophone and the International Trumpet Guild.

Born in Dallas, TX, Holt began studying trumpet at the age of 12 with Richard Giangiulio, former Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony. He continued his studies at the University of Miami with Gilbert D. Johnson, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At age 22, Holt performed as Co-Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ft. Lauderdale, under the direction of Emerson Buckley. At age 24, Holt became Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, Zubin Mehta, music director. While in Italy, Holt had the great privilege of playing under some of the worlds most renowned conductors including: Luciano Berio, Georges Prtre, James Conlon, Gerd Albrecht, Carlos Kleiber, Krzysztof Penderecki, Riccordo Chailly and Carlo Maria Giulini.

At the invitation of artistic director and conductor Nicola Rescigno, Holt became Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra in 1989. He received distinguished opera service awards in 1999, 2004 and 2009. Holt’s orchestral discography includes numerous recordings with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Opera Orchestra and The Voices of Change. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, performing on the Yamaha Chicago C trumpet and uses TrumCor mutes, for whom he is a consultant.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

The Trumpet

1
Introduction

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
History

Where did the trumpet come from?

3
What's in Your Case?

What do you need to play the trumpet?

4
Mouthpiece

What is a mouthpiece and how is it used?

5
Mouthpiece Care

How do you care for your mouthpiece?

6
Mouthpiece Placement

How do you form a trumpet embouchure?

7
The Trumpet

What is the trumpet?

8
Parts of the Trumpet

What are the different parts of the trumpet?

9
Instrument Care

How do you care for your trumpet?

10
Air

How do you create enough air to play the trumpet?

11
Hand Position

How do you hold the trumpet?

12
Posture

Why is posture important for playing the trumpet?

13
Forming an Embouchure

How do you correctly form a trumpet embouchure?

14
Buzzing

What is buzzing and how do you do it?

15
Matching Pitch

How do you control buzzing?

16
Exercise 1.1

Let's practice buzzing

17
Review

Let's review what we learned in this lesson

Playing the Trumpet

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
Recap

Let's review what we learned in the previous lesson

3
Playing the Trumpet

Let's get the mouthpiece on the trumpet and start making noise!

4
Playing the Trumpet Wrong

Learn how to avoid incorrect playing

5
Exercise 1.1

Let's practice making sounds

6
Note (G)

Learn your first note, G

7
Pulse

Learn how to 'feel' pulse

8
Articulation

Learn how to utilize your tongue

9
Bad Articulation

Learn how to avoid bad articulation

10
Ending a Note

Learn how to correctly stop a note

11
Notes in Succession

Learn how to play multiple notes in a row

12
Note (C)

Learn your second note, C

13
Note (Low C)

Learn your third note, Low C

14
Getting to know C

Spend some time getting to know your new ntoes

15
Exercise 2.1

Let's put all of the things we've learned together into a helpful exercise

16
Exercise 2.2

Let's build on the previous exercise

17
Exercise 2.3

Let's continue building on the previous exercise

18
Review

Let's review what we learned in this lesson

Reading Music

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
Recap

Let's review what we learned in the previous lesson

3
Rhythmic Notation

Learn how to read 'time'

4
Time Signautre
5
Reading Time
6
Reading Time, part II
7
Note F
8
Note E
9
Note D
10
The Musical Staff

Learn how to read notes on the staff

11
Mary Had a Little Lamb
12
Review

Expanding Range

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
Recap
3
Recap, part II
4
Note A
5
London Bridge
6
Note B
7
Getting to know A and B
8
Dotted Half Notes

Learn a new rhythm, the dotted half note

9
3/4 Time
10
German Waltz
11
Transposition

Learn how and why the trumpet is a 'transposing' instrument

12
Review

Major Scales

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson.

2
Recap
3
Recap, part II
4
Note D
5
Note Bb
6
A brief introduction to Lip Slurs

Let's introduce Lip Slurs

7
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know Bb and D

Spend some time getting to know your new notes

8
Note Low B
9
Note Low Bb
10
Getting to know B and Bb
11
Intro to Major Scales

Learn about Major Scales, their importance, and how to play them

12
C Major Scale
13
Exercise 2.1 - Eighth Notes

Learn a new rhythm, the Eighth Note

14
Eighth Notes on the Staff
15
Eighth Notes continued
16
Ode to Joy
17
Frere Jacques
18
Review

Let's review what we learned in this lesson

Intervals

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
Recap

Let's review what we learned in the previous lesson

3
Recap, part II
4
Note E
5
Getting to know E
6
Note Eb
7
Getting to know Eb
8
Note Low Eb
9
Getting to know Low Eb
10
Bb Major Scale
11
Interval Study
12
Intervals and Accents
13
Can Can
14
Review

Let's review what we learned in this lesson

Dotted Quarter + Eighths

1
Intro

Let's discuss what we'll learn in this lesson

2
Recap

Let's review what we learned in the previous lesson

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