Trumpets and Cornets are constructed from a narrow tube of brass which is coiled round on itself to save space. The sound comes out of the flared bell, and is made by blowing a "raspberry" with your lips into the cup-shaped mouthpiece. You can make a number of different notes by varying the tension of your lips and pressing different combinations of the three valves which divert the air through little extra lengths of tubing.
Trumpets are used in various styles of music, mainly orchestral and jazz bands although they have also been used in wind and brass bands and have been popular in different genres of music including Mowtown, Blues & Pop.
The Cornet is very similar and only differs in the shape of the bore which is conical and gradually expands in width towards the flared end. This produces a softer, sweeter sound than the trumpet which has a harder, brighter sound.
Various types of trumpet and cornets including small ones that play in different keys are available and there are a myriad of excellent sites on the internet who cater specifically to Trumpet & Cornet players.
Trumpets, Cornets, Accessories
Australian Trumpet GuildReturn to Top
International Trumpet Guild
International Trumpet Guild Youth Website
Harrogate Brass Band home of The Internet Bandsman's Everything Within and packed full of information and links to brass instrument resources and sites.
Music Room Sheet music & Play-along CDs with music for Brass & Other Instruments.
Asymmetrics Mouthpieces - Range enhancing trumpet mouthpieces
Balquhidder Trumpet & Brass Music Publishers
Bespoke Brass - a new approach to music and tutors for young musicians learning the trumpet, trombone, euphonium and other wind/brass instruments
The Brass Home Page
Brass Unlimited - Brass tuition material for all ages and standards
Brass World - arrangements, teaching aids and more.
Brass Tactics - strategies for modern trumpet playing
Breathing, articulation and flexibility by Nick Hudson
Cornet & Trumpet Headquarters
Cornet Section Discussion Forum
David Taylor Music - Free Brass Quintet Compositions and Arrangements
Endsley Brass Custom Mouthpieces & Trumpets
Four Fundamentals of Troubleshooting for Brass Players
Free-Scores - free music scores
Free sheet music for brass
Hylton Adcroft's Trumpet Centre
Instrument Maintenance - Advice on the general care and maintenance of lacquered, silver plated and brass instruments
Instrument Worksheets - a worksheet to teach the instruments of the brass section.
ITG Journal (International Trumpet Guild), 12 Clearwater Mall #284, Clearwater, FL 33764, Florida, USA - Tel: +1-813-538-5097
Jazz Trumpet Solos contains jazz forum, transcribed solos, solo swap and free printable music paper.
Learn to Repair Brass Instruments - short intensive courses. Contact Trevor Head, Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1SR. Tel: 01547-550622
London Trumpets - Information for brass players in London
Marcinkiewicz - Mouthpieces for all brass, and custom built trumpets.
Max Trumpet Unlimited - Manufacturer of trumpets - New York
Music-Scores.com - free classical sheet music to download
The Natural Trumpet Resource
Net 4 Music - downloadable sheet music
Official Trumpet Webring
OJ's Trumpet Page
Pay The Piper UK - sections for various instruments with information about the instrument, approx purchase costs.
Philip's Trumpet Page
Printable Staff Paper Free Downloads Page
Raw Brass - Trumpet Player Resources
Schilke Trumpet Loyalist
Scorch Music - find, play and print scores by living composers and arrangers
Simon 'Duke of' Kemp's School of Fonk Jazz/Bookie Piano, Sax & Trumpet Lessons
Some Ins and Outs of Breathing
Sound The Trumpets Publications - including the Progressive Quartet Series for Trumpets and Trombones - 25, Causey Drive, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 0LN. Tel: 01207 235784
Taylor Trumpets & Flugel Horns
Trombonists and Trumpet Players (Harrogate Band Humour)
Trumpet College - techniques and advice
Trumpet and Cornet Magazine - Neuschel Publications, 15 Hailey Croft, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX9 4TS, Tel: 020-8353-025
Trumpet & Cornet Maintenance Video
Trumpet Fingering Chart
Trumpet Geeks International
The Trumpet Herald
The Trumpet Index - tips for trumpet playing and sounds
Trumpet Player Online
Trumpet Player Online - USA site with articles on technique, instrument information, newsgroup & links to trumpet sites.
Trumpet Player Online Webring
Trumpet Players' International Network
Trumpet Playing Thoughts - an extensive collection of articles and observations about trumpet playing
Trumpet Pro - Haefner trumpet mouthpieces, developed by Steve Haefner and Gary Radtke
Trumpet Web - Hungary
Virtual Trumpet Software!
Wild Thing Cornets and Trumpets
John Webb - Trumpet Maker, Padbrook, Chaddington Lane, Bincknoll, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8QR, England, Tel: +44 (0) 1793 853171, Fax: +44 (0) 1793 848498
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