Music Appreciation: The Trumpet



For hundreds of years instrument makers have experimented with different shapes and sizes of trumpets.

Natural Trumpets
Natural trumpets are like bugles, which have no valves to change the pitches. Sometimes you can see them being played in orchestras when the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is being played.

Slide Trumpets
Beginning in the 15th century instrument makers experimented with slides for the trumpet, similar to the trombone slide. The slide allowed the trumpet player to play more notes, though it was awkward to play. This went on for about 400 years.

Valve Trumpets
Finally in 1813, valves (those button thingies) were invented.

Top 10 Most Famous Trumpet Players

  1. Louis Armstrong
  2. Miles Davis- Cool Jazz
  3. Dizzy Gillespie
  4. Lee Morgan
  5. Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost
  6. Winton Marsalis – Linus and Lucy
  7. Bix Beiderbecke – Big Boy
  8. Harry James
  9. Herb Alpert – Tijuana Taxi
  10. King Oliver

This is one of my all time favorite songs featuring the trumpet – Bugler’s Holiday


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