My journey starts here . . . .



  • . . . although I never was an accomplished player, more like a "Book 2" Essential Elements kinda guy. Did not see a "Beginner" section here. Anyway, after much flirtation with the saxophone and violin, I have finally made the choice to focus on one thing - the trumpet.
    Flashback to roughly 8 years ago, I had a nice 6310Z that I had purchased as an "open box" item. Sold it for saxophone money and looking back, it probably wasn't the best choice for starting out. I did however find an old beat up Buescher "The 400" in a thrift store. Man, what a tank from '48.
    This time, I'm doing things differently as I have an instructor. My first lesson was last Friday. Looking forward to the next one . . . .

    I do hope to make a few friends here and learn some things along the way.![alt text](DSC00146.JPG image url)



  • Welcome to TB!

    Making friends here shouldn't be a problem. Learning new stuff about trumpet? Uhh, you'll make some friends here. ☺



  • @Doodlin said in My journey starts here . . . .:

    . . . although I never was an accomplished player, more like a "Book 2" Essential Elements kinda guy. Did not see a "Beginner" section here. ....

    You're expecting trumpet players to self-identify as beginners?? 🤪🤪🤪



  • I see what you did there! 🎺

    Actually, my mentor had me go back to Book 1! I'm Okay with that because I find it liberating not having to "play along" with a backing track.
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  • @Doodlin My advice is to play "Taps" as part of your warm-up each day. It takes you through the Open Notes, and will help build your range and flexibility a lot quicker. Enjoy yourself, and keep it fun.



  • Buescher made some damn sexy horns. I once had a 400 from around 1960, but sold it. Picked up a 400 Cornet off SGW tonight at a pretty good price, and it looks great. I will find out its condition for sure in a week or so;) I love how short the movement of the valves are on the 400's)



  • @N1684T I was "watching" that one! A full report on that horn would be greatly appreciated. 📝



  • Welcome to TB, Doodlin'. Getting a teacher at the outset certainly makes a lot of sense. I'm one of the really old guys here ( 83 ). I came back 3 years ago after a 50 year absence. I played lead for 12 years between 1953 and 1965 with a 5 man combo doing weddings teen dances and what have you. Rarely a weekend without some kind of gig. I feel I am a much smarter player the second time around, but I just wish I had the chops and endureance that kid back then had. ☺



  • Welcome !!



  • Doodlin'
    Glad that you are playing again! There is just something about the 2nd time around from my point of view, a certain maturity, a sense of "freedom" once you get the "deadline" thing put away. Almost 5 years back after 14 away, and all I can say is I Love Trumpet like never before!

    Kindest regards,
    Mike



  • I just want to thank you all you for the warm welcome. While I do regret selling the "Shew" horn, the Buescher should serve me well for a while. The valve block is a work of art! I guess my saxes will have to go ( 10M tenor, True-Tone tenor in gold plate, Comm III alto and some other relics ).

    Looking forward to my next lesson tomorrow.



  • @Doodlin It sure looked good. Like one that spent 40-50 years in a closet;)

    Best vintage horns!



  • @Peter-Mac said in My journey starts here . . . .:

    @Doodlin My advice is to play "Taps" as part of your warm-up each day. It takes you through the Open Notes, and will help build your range and flexibility a lot quicker. Enjoy yourself, and keep it fun.

    ...and the tune can be played on all valve combinations


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