Tune a Trumpet

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You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial series on how to play the trumpet. In the previous tutorial, we taught you how to gain endurance to play long notes. In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to tune your trumpet. For this tutorial, we will be using a Bach Stradivarius Model 37 Bb trumpet.

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    On all trumpets, the tuning valve or slide is the primary slide located next to the bell
    This slide can be pulled out or pushed in, depending on the pitch.
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    Cornets have the tuning slide at the back of the horn, below the lead pipe
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    Flugelhorns have the primary tuning slide near the mouthpiece
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    If you are in a band or orchestra, you must learn to tune your trumpet so that you play in tune with other brass players in your group as well as with the rest of the orchestra
    You should not be flat or sharp against another person. If you want to play a Bb note on the trumpet, you must find a position for the tuning slide so that you do not play flat or sharp. When you pull out the tuning slide, the note will become flat or go lower in pitch. This happens owing to your having extended the tubes that the air has to flow through, which lowers the pitch.
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    Now, let's see the difference using the note C
    For this exercise, let's push in the tuning slide so it goes in by 0.8 in (2 cm).
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    Then, let's extend the tuning slide and play another C
    For this part of the exercise, let's extend the tuning slide by about 4 in (10 cm).
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    You can hear that the pitch went down between one half step and one whole step
    Usually, a good length for the tuning slide is 0.8-1.2 inches (2-3 centimeters).
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    If you push the tuning slide in all the way, the trumpet will sound sharp
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    If you pull the tuning slide out too much, the trumpet will sound flat
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    Find a good spot between 0.4-1.2 in (1-3 cm)
    Then, continue to adjust your tuning slide to sound in unison with other trumpet players in the orchestra or ensemble. Another way to tune your trumpet is by using your mouth. You can fluctuate the pitch with embouchure or by utilizing breathing. Now, let's play C and bend the note up or down using the lips. It's recommended that beginning trumpet players use the tuning valve in order to have a sound that is not too flat or too sharp.
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How should I adjust my part in order to fix this shift?

I am composing a trumpet part for my music theory class. The trumpet is tuned to B flat but my teacher told me that the trumpet sounds a half step down from how I have written it. This is a Music Theory question about composing music

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