You want to take up a Brass instrument? Good Choice. But what takes your fancy?

From high to low we have – CornetTrumpetFlugel HornTenor HornFrench HornTrombone / Bass TromboneBaritoneEuphoniumTuba.

To narrow down your choice, we recommend thinking about the following…

Think about what you like

Are you in love with the sounds of Miles Davis? Do you feel a thrill listening to huge Orchestras playing John Williams? Does a military Brass Band make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck? Have a listen and find out what gets your heart racing. After that, have a look into what instruments feature in these sort of groups and that should help narrow down your search.

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Is there a front woman in you?

trumpetNext, think about what you’d enjoy. Do you want to play alone or as part of a group? If the former, then it may be worth casting your gaze to the higher instruments. If the latter, then you’ve further considerations. For example, do you like to take the lead and show off your skills or do you think you’d be happier sat at the back, holding everything together? Once again, this should help narrow down your search.

 

young-girl-tubaThinking about the physical

There are also some more practical considerations to keep in mind. Think about the physicality of the instrument. Trombone players benefit from a long reach. Musicians of valved instruments need to be able wiggle their fingers fast. All brass instruments need a good bit of puff, and obviously the bigger the instrument, the more air is needed to fill it.

How patient are you?

french-horn-musicAre you willing to dedicate years to your craft before you see signs of improvement? Well, that shouldn’t be necessary. However, some Brass Instruments offer more challenges than others.

For example, the French Horn can be painted with this brush when you keep in mind that they often play in Bb and F. This means they’re twice the theoretical knowledge need to play to the fullest.

 

cleaning-trumpetKeeping up appearances

All musical instruments need some degree of upkeep and Maintenance to ensure they function at their best. Day to day, there are slides that need greasing and valves that need oiling. Beyond that, brass instruments need periodic cleaning, usually in the form of a bath. Bigger instruments are more work in this regard.

That dollar

The final consideration is money. Crude but true.

That being said, if you find yourself with your heart set, there are ways to get hold of your dream instrument. There are rental and finance options. For younger players, it is sometimes possible to borrow an instrument from your local music service or to apply for grants to help with the cost. The AIP scheme is ever popular for this reason.

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Failing all that, may I recommend this quiz?

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About the author

Heidi has been working for a number of years at Normans progressing from the Saturday Sales Assistant to a Brass Specialist. A grade 8 player she loves to play all genres of music spanning Classical to Jazz. With over ten years of playing both the Trumpet and Cornet this is, of course, what she loves to write blogs about.

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