It can be confusing to work out the exact differences in the student range of Yamaha trumpets. We have put together a comparison chart to try and show the main differences in the various models.
Please click the picture below to see a full size pdf document of the same chart.

How Valves Work

October 25th, 2012 | Posted by Brian Ackerman in Brass Articles - (0 Comments)

This short video looks at exactly how a brass instrument valve works. It also explains what happens when a valve is incorrectly fitted.

This is a short video showing you how to maintain your brass instrument valves, oiling them and putting them back in properly.

The demonstration is by Simon – our brass specialist. He is based in our Hove shop.

Brass Instrument Guide

September 8th, 2012 | Posted by Andrew Hill in Brass Articles - (Comments Off on Brass Instrument Guide)

Brass instruments come in a variety of types but generally fall into three categories:

  1. ‘Natural’ brass
  2. Valved brass
  3. Slide brass

Natural brass - Bugle

Natural Brass

These are basically differing lengths of brass tubing each producing a series of notes in a ‘Harmonic series.  The Bugle, Natural ‘French’ Horn and Post Horn are examples of this.  Notes are altered by the players’ embouchure and speed of air-flow via the buzzing of the lips. Music written for ‘Natural’ instruments include The Bach Brandenburgh Concerto No.2 in F in which a Trumpet pitched in F plays one of the Concertino parts.  The Mozart Horn concertos were written for valveless horn and Koenig’s ‘Post Horn Gallop’ for a Post horn pitched in A (orchestral) and Ab (Band.) Continue reading “Brass Instrument Guide” »

Mutes for Brass Instruments

August 24th, 2012 | Posted by Andrew Hill in Brass Articles - (0 Comments)

Mutes for brass instruments come in a variety of shapes and types, and in differing materials to produce specific ‘muted’ effects.  Mutes do not necessarily make the instrument quieter. When a muted instrument is played fortissimo an aggressive, harsh sound can be produced.  It is worth trying out as many different makes of mute before you buy- play them over the whole range of the instrument from high to low, pianissimo to Fortissimo.  Some mutes can muffle and almost choke-off the lower notes whilst some can make the instrument sharpen in pitch!  Some French horn mutes in particular can alter the pitch completely.

All brass instruments can be muted (even tubas and sousaphones!) and the main types are (pictured below, left to right): Continue reading “Mutes for Brass Instruments” »