Triumphant Trumpets: Teaching Your Child to Care for Their Trumpet
Learning the trumpet is a great way for your child to develop their confidence, creativity and memory. However, it is important that your child also learns how to properly look after and care for their instrument. Below are the top tips you should be teaching your child when it comes to trumpet care.
Oil the Valves
Valve oil is used to lubricate and fill the space within the valve. You should teach your child to oil the valves on their trumpet each time they play it. To oil a trumpet valve, simply remove the top cap and withdraw the piston until you can see the valve. You should oil until the surface of the valve is fully covered. The oil will naturally spread as the valves are depressed during playing.
Grease the Slide
You should teach your child to grease the slide every month. Start by removing the slide and wiping off the older layer of grease. Apply a small amount of grease to the end of one slide tube and then reinsert the slide. As you push the slide back in, rotate it to evenly distribute the grease around the slide. Repeat the greasing process with the opposite end of the slide tube. When you have completed this action you should wipe away any excess grease.
Clean the Mouthpiece
You should teach your child how to remove and clean the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece of the trumpet should easily twist free. If it does not, do not force it, as doing so could cause damage to both the trumpet and the mouthpiece. You should also encourage your child not to eat or drink sugary foods before playing their trumpet, as this can lead to particles becoming trapped in the mouth piece, which provides the ideal location for bacteria to breed. To clean the mouthpiece, simply swab the inner part of the mouthpiece with a brush to remove any debris.
Remember the Spit Valve
You should remind your child to use the spit valve to remove any moisture that has condensed and built up within the trumpet during playing. If moisture is allowed to build up in the instrument, it can cause damage and corrosion.
You should demonstrate how to carry out the maintenance, and then sit with your child and allow them to carry out the procedures themselves. Encouraging your child to take an active role in the maintenance and care for their trumpet is another way of helping to encourage the discipline needed to master their instrument.
For more information about the care and maintenance of trumpets, contact a local trumpet specialist, such as The Music Place.