Trumpet Studies & Etudes

It is important that students warm up (at least 15 minutes) before their lesson.

Please also be sure the instrument is properly oiled so we don’t lose time getting the instrument to work properly.

Students should have a three-ring binder devoted to the material they will use in their studies and are expected to bring it to their lessons.

These are used to keep track of daily practice and specify weekly assignments. Students should have a blank one available for every lesson. These are double sided PDFs, so if you print double-sided, one page will work for two lessons.

Lesson Cancellations and Makeups

The first of the following two documents is essential.

  • Trumpet fingering chart

    The top chart shows the preferred fingering while the bottom chart shows the complete fingering with alternates. This differs from most published fingering charts in important ways. The 2nd page is a standard chromatic chart with alternate fingering. It is recommended that it be printed (preferably double-sided when possible) and placed in the binder.

  • Harmonic Series

    This page is used as a warm-up and lip-building exercise. It is not essential that this be printed out.

Basic Scales

  • Thrills of Trills

    These explore all possible combinations between two fingering valve positions.

  • Scale Etudes

    All twelve major scales and some alternates are systematically explored in these etudes. Print these double-sided. Each scale is 4 pages ( 2 sheets double-sided).

  • Major Scales

    12 Major scales in Circle of Fifths order.

  • Scale Practice

    Spreadsheet PDF self-study schedule for learning the Scale Etudes

Technical Etude from some collection of etudes.

Audio no ornaments
Audio with ornaments

Technical Etude from some collection of etudes. This is transposed to a lower key than the original.