What Accessories Should I Keep in My Trumpet Case?

WHAT ACCESSORIES SHOULD I
KEEP IN MY TRUMPET CASE?

What's all this other stuff?
If you are learning to play the trumpet, whether you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or advanced trumpet player, you should always keep your trumpet case well-stocked with accessories:

TRUMPET VALVE OIL

It's important that you keep at least a mostly full bottle of valve oil. Valve oil is a lubricant for valves (the buttons) of various brass instruments. It is typically made up of mineral oil, but increasingly synthetic oils are becoming available. Valve oil will save your bacon when your buttons respond slowly or get stuck.

Some trumpet players have even devised ways to make your own valve oil.
Buy Valve Oil

SLIDE GREASE

Much like valve oil, trumpet players need to regularly grease their slides with lanolin cream or slide grease. Make it a regular habit to grease your slides every time you finish practicing or complete a lesson. If you wait until your valves begin to slow down or stiffen, you may end up causing permanent damage to your trumpet.
Buy Slide Grease

TRUMPET SNAKE

You've probably realized that a fair amount of spit and saliva builds up in your trumpet and mouthpiece. Imagine what that spit looks like after it's been sitting in a dark, moist trumpet valve, tube, or slide for days or weeks on end. It's not pretty.

Thus, it's important to 'snake' out your trumpet on a semi-regular basis. Not only will this help you make your trumpet sanitary, unclogging build up will make your trumpet perform infinitely better, and who wouldn't want that?

For a thorough walk through on how to intensively clean the insides of your trumpet, check out our Beginning Trumpet Course.
Buy a Trumpet Snake

PENCIL

Don't be that one trumpet player who shows up without a pencil. Keep a pencil in your case so when you need to make notes on your music, you will have one ready and available.
Buy a Pencil Holder

MOUTHPIECE AND VALVE CLEANING BRUSHES

Much like a trumpet snake, it's important to have small mouthpiece and valve cleaning brush handy. Spit gets everywhere. Everywhere. A clean trumpet is a happy trumpet!
Buy a Brush Kit

TUNER

Playing in tune is vital for any musician, but learning how to play in tune, much less hearing when you're in tune, is challenging.

Professional trumpet players will often be able to hear when something is off-pitch, and almost all professional trumpet players will tune their instrument before every performance. For a beginner, we would recommend that you check your intonation during every practice session or lesson so that you can start to learn how to identify when your trumpet is out of tune and when it isn’t.
Buy a Tuner

METRONOME

If private lesson teachers had a nickel for every time a student said that they either 'didn't need' or 'hated' using a metronome . . .

Playing in 'time' is just as important to your development as a musician as playing high notes, with a good tone, etc. Good musicians have a great sense of time. How did they develop that great sense of time? By using a metronome. Make the metronome your best friend.
Buy a Metronome / Tuner Combo
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Whether you are figuring out how to learn the trumpet as a beginner or you are a seasoned pro who has mastered the trumpet, we hope this is helpful information for you.

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