Re: Trumpet first note
Posted by small town on 9/16/2020, 2:20 pm, in reply to "Trumpet first note"
I have experience starting trumpets on G, E, and C. If you start them on C it's a terrible note to start building an embouchure. G is too high for some students at first. |
E seems to be the sweet spot where they have to have a good concept of embouchure and a decent amount of air. It should be quite natural.
I teach E for awhile then add D and C easily. Then we go up from E to F and G. We use Essential Elements and my go to is 5 for a while. Then it's 7, 9, 5, 3, 1 as far as lines. Once all notes are learned comfortably then we go down and up 1,3,5,7,9 then 9,7,5,3,1. Tonguing is focused on more and adding basic rhythms on the same note. Going up and down the same notes. The more time you can focus on those first notes getting good sounds the better off you are with your beginners. I don't even touch a book for the first 2-3 weeks. Once the notes lock in good then we add notation exams using musictheory.net. You can create note name challenges for students to answer and increase their confidencein reading notation.