For this blog post, we are supposed to think of a time when we thought that something would be easy, but ended up being much more difficult then you would have expected. One of those times for me was when I first started playing the trumpet. Professional trumpet players make it seem so easy to play the trumpet, and even kids who play it my age make it look easy.
The hard part for me was not making the sound in the trumpet, it was the notes. Trumpets, as you probably know, only have 3 valves. This makes it so instead of just playing the sound, you have to change many things to play a note with the same fingering. That is one of the most difficult parts of playing a trumpet. With 8 fingering combinations, we have around 98 notes. It gets a little hard.
Another part of playing the trumpet that makes it seem easy, but is really hard, is the same for any instrument, reading the music. You have to take dots and lines on a paper and translate them into music. You have to know each note, know each fingering for each note, and a little thing added on to trumpets and all other brass, know the pitch so that you can adjust all the little things to get the note out right, all in a split second or you will miss your note.
When I first started, I could only play a few notes. You would only really understand this if you play a brass instrument. Those small adjustments to get the note out right can be hard. Sometimes it will be impossible for you to play a note because you are note experienced enough. I use to be able to play notes that now seem low to me, and I would struggle with the notes that I play constantly now with ease. Trumpet players make it seem easy to play all the piercingly high notes, but it takes years of practice to get there, and it still in difficult even then. I am probably 5-10 notes away from the highest note you can play on a trumpet, it will take me a while to get there.
Things might seem easy, but don't always go jumping into it right away, it might get very difficult and you might regret it. I don't regret playing the trumpet though, I love it. This has been one of the harder things I have had to do. Come back soon for my next blog!
I am in 8th grade in my school's Advanced Media class. I love this class and I have been having lots of fun in it. This past year we went to San Diego, where STN was held, and the year before it was in Orlando. This year it was in Atlanta, Georgia.