Out of all brass instruments, the trumpet has the highest note range. Trumpets are registered in the key of Bb and are classified in the aerophone family, however, low F, C, D, Eb, E, G and A trumpets are also common in orchestral playing. They have three valves that, when pressed down and air is generated through the brass tubing, create different notes. There are different variations of trumpets including the flugelhorn, the cornet, and the pocket trumpet. Some trumpeters, including Maynard Ferguson, have customed trumpets, whose trumpet bells are raised for higher resonance and a brighter sound. A trumpet is played in the treble clef of the music staff. To make the sound from the trumpet, one must use a mouth piece by blowing into the instrument. The typical mouth piece is a 7C, which denotes the depth of the mouth piece; the higher the number, the more shallow the mouthpiece. Using a shallow mouth piece has more difficulty creating sound, however, it creates ease in hitting higher notes. Learn more about this fascinating instrument by taking lessons with Kathryn Brickell Music. We service many areas included Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens!