Howdy! I'm new to the forum.
Discount Bassy last edited by
'Allo, all. I am new to the forum and new to the trumpet as well. I've spent a bit over a decade gigging on electric bass. I also play sax (barimatone saxamophone) and flute competently enough to sit it. I do some noodling about on the drums and keyboard, but would not say I'm ready for the stage. This trumpet thing is unlike anything else I can get around on. I tried it once in third grade an ended up choosing woodwinds as a pursuit to avoid the itchy lips that a trumpet did unto me. Now, forty plus years later, I've decided to give it another go, mainly because I bought a King trumpet as an affordable house loaner for guests, quickly realizing that I could make some noises. Now I'm getting hooked and seeing it as a challenge to learn how to get about on the thing. Switching from sax to flute took me about a month of fiddling and figuring. I've never played any brass instruments, so this is all new to me. Glad to be hear. Hey, howdy, hiya and all that business. I look forward to learning from more competent tooters!
@discount-bassy Welcome to TrumpetBoards! You'll find learning to play the trumpet to be a challenging, rewarding, and sometimes exasperating journey. Please feel free to ask any questions or add comments as you like. You will find many helpful members here.
@discount-bassy Official Welcome too! You've reached forum where the most perfect trumpet players and the bloodiest of greenhorns - and all shades in between - gather amicably and learn from each other, in a fun atmosphere. And you've come here from the best of motives. Thank you.
Perhaps - if you are in the mood - you might tell us a few bits more about yourself so that we can form a picture of who and what you are beside a nickname and an avatar. No compulsion whatsoever. But we like to know whether you are, as Dorothy L. Sayers put it in the 1920s "boy, girl or hippogriff", where you are located (that is most important, if we are to recommend technicians or teachers or contacts), what kind of music you play and like and where you can be heard live, if someone happens to be in your area. Online contacts are very well; but personal friendships can only really develop if you can meet someone in person. I'm in Vienna, and quite a few TB members have already availed themselves of the opportunity to come here, have a nice talk about trumpets and other things over a meal or a coffee and cake; and in some cases, this ended up with concert tours all over the world, as ssmith1226 can vouch for (he's from the Florida Keys, and a call for help on TB caused him to fly over to Vienna and join a very special orchestra for tours to St. Petersburg, Russia and Lviv, Ukraine). And I have already responded to calls from Norway and Israel. So - the more you will let us know, the more we can plan you in!
GeorgeB last edited by
Welcome aboard. I am an old timer ( 86 years ). I played with my own 5 piece band in the 1950's and 60's but gave up the trumpet in 1965 because the market for small bands like mine was being pushed aside for the cheaper 3 piece string bands. I had a successful career in printing and publishing. After my wife of 57 years passed away in 2012 of pancreatic cancer I gave some thought of getting back into music but didn't do anything definite until 2016. Since then I have been playing first trumpet with one of eastern Canada's top community brass and reed bands. It was hard coming back at the age of 79 but becauase I had a 12 year foundation to build on within 6 months I was playing first trumpet with the local Horizons band.
The trumpet is not an easy instrument to play well, but once you reach a competent level it is sure rewarding.
oldpete last edited by
Greetings, and welcome among us
Dr GO last edited by Dr GO
'Allo right back at'cha.
The trumpet will be your unforgiving mistress for the first several years, but if you give it time and patience, it will be your most precious love that will open your life beyond compare. Stick with this site, read the input from our valuable members, then we will show you the way.