The natural trumpet (sometimes referred to as the Baroque trumpet) is simply a long trumpet without valves. It was the trumpet used across Europe from the 15th through the mid 19th centuries, and is a common ancestor to all modern brass instruments. A modified, user-friendly version is an ideal pedagogical tool for learning the fundamentals of brass playing. Learn More
In traditional beginning band programs, students are faced with countless variables: learning to read rhythmic notation and notes on the staff, coordinating corresponding fingerings/slide positions, learning basic sound production, articulation, and at the same time, needing to find the correct harmonic for any fingering/slide position. This can result in a slow-going, frustrating, and musically uninspiring first year with a modern brass instrument.
The use of the natural trumpet reduces theses variables significantly, helping students to focus on what is most important in the early stages of development: sound production, articulation, and navigation of the harmonic series. The harmonic series of the natural trumpet, which offers several accessible notes in the middle and lower register, all form consonant intervals. This means that all notes “sound good,” which allows students to play in the range that is most comfortable at first, building confidence in sound production, while instruction focuses on fundamental issues such as posture, embouchure development, and breathing. By establishing good habits of sound production and technique from the outset, students are more likely to have a positive and rewarding experience when they start a modern brass instrument.