Trumpet is a brass instrument that requires building up the muscles around the lips to create higher pitches. The speed and amount of air determine the pitch and volume, slow air is lower notes, faster air for higher, dumping the truck of air makes a louder sound whereas a whisper of air does not. There is no magic button to brass playing for high notes, one finger pattern can get you a large number of notes like C, G, and E depending on the airspeed.
You have to gain finesse to put pitches with airspeed. There are several types of trumpet beside the most common B-flat trumpet. There is C piccolo, and Pocket trumpets, cornets, and frugal horns which operate in the same way with different colors to the instrument sound. Learning 1 brass instrument helps in transitioning to other brass instruments due to a general understanding of the mouthpiece.
One known fact of trumpet playing is that most bands have 5-20 trumpet players playing three parts on average making getting a chair easier than guitar, where there may be one to two spots.
Pros – Jazz, marches, ease of flow from brass instrument to other, only upkeep needed is oiling valves, a large variety of types, lots of parts in a band, make you nice kisser.
Cons – Takes a while to pick up, need music in the proper key, spit.
Guitar is a string instrument, it requires muscle memory of chords and notes. It is hard to move both hands at once doing different movements – strumming and pressing on the strings, but it is something that can be learned. In guitar, there are so many sister instruments that a basic knowledge of guitar helps you with playing Banjo, bass, and even piano.
Guitar has one of the most varied options of music genres. You can go from a heavy metal riff to a peaceful serene lullaby. Guitar is a staple in many music genres, country Rock and pop music all have some aspect of guitar in it.
Pros – Music availability, sister instruments, easy to take places.
Cons – Require muscle memory, need to have part replaces like strings, not usually cheap.
The working range of a trumpet is under 3 Octave, give or take depending on the player. At 24 fret guitar has a range of 4 Octave, a bit more if the strings are bent but most guitars are 22 frets.
Harmony vs Melody
The trumpet is a melody instrument but there is a technique in which the player plays a note and hums a different note at the same time. The guitar is polyphonic as strings it has. On a standard 6 string, you can build chords with up to 6 notes. This makes it possible to play chords with a great degree of complexity, lots of different inversions and voicings, and up to two extensions. If you can do tapping you can create more voicings.
It is said that you can’t play the trumpet and singing at the same time. This is not a problem with guitar, you can sing your heart out while you play and if you are really good with your voice you can even pretend to sound like a trumpet if you are in a rock band you are more popular if you play the guitar then if you play the trumpet unless you are really sexy and then you can play the triangle and still be popular.
Effects and technique can be added to an electric guitar to maintain an endless note an acoustic guitar can compete with the trumpet. This depends on the player but a trumpet player with a chance to take a good breath can hold a note for 30 seconds, some can do more. There is also circular breathing, another technique that can produce endless notes and acoustic guitar will not give you more than 3 or 4 seconds before it becomes imperceptible.
The trumpet is used in classical and jazz music as part of the brass section. It is part of the timbre of the ensemble, adding to the particular color of the sound.
In some ways, Trumpet is easy to play, in other ways it is the most difficult of instruments. It has only three valves. This means that anyone who notes that a trumpet can play can be performed using one of only seven different finger combinations of the three keys on the horn.
It is helpful for young trumpeters to gain musical skills away from the horn, for the reason that time required to gain physical process can come at the expense of time spent learning the musical side of the performance.