Try Trumpet Fingering Chart Online
Home/How To Hold The Trumpet

How To Hold The Trumpet

Properly holding the trumpet is essential for producing a good sound and playing comfortably. Here are the steps to hold the trumpet correctly:

Begin by standing or sitting up straight with good posture. Take a deep breath and relax your shoulders. Hold the trumpet with your left hand. Place your left hand on the valve casing, just above the valves. Your index, middle and ring fingers should be resting on the valve buttons, while your pinky is curled underneath.

Hold the trumpet with your right hand. Grasp the lead pipe with your right hand, using your thumb and index finger to grip the instrument just below the valve casing. Bring the trumpet to your lips. Angle the trumpet slightly downward so that the mouthpiece is placed comfortably on your lips. Your lips should be buzzing but not stretching when you are producing a sound.

Relax your lips around the mouthpiece. Avoid pressing the mouthpiece onto your lips tightly as this can restrict airflow and impair the sound. You want the air to move freely across your lips for a resonant sound.

Adjust the position of the horn if necessary. You may need to adjust the angle to achieve the right sound or if you are experiencing discomfort while playing. Remember to practice proper hand positioning and posture to play the trumpet well. By holding the trumpet correctly, you'll be able to play better, faster, and more effortlessly while avoiding pain or injury.