Cornet

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All about

the CORNET


 

Who can play the cornets?  Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?

Ideally you need your second teeth!  The cornet is an excellent starter instrument for young brass players ideally in year 3-4 or above.

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If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?

The cornet is one of the smaller brass instruments, if the mouthpiece is too small, the tenor horn, baritone or trombone may be more suitable.

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What qualities of the cornet are special?

The cornet is predominantly a brass band instrument, though they are often played in wind bands too.  The cornet produces a mellower sound than the trumpet.

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Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills.  What are the particular benefits of playing the cornet?

Benefits include:

  • Good for breathing and posture especially for those who suffer from asthma
  • You can join lots of groups
  • Encourages independent learning as well as working as part of a team

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How are cornets similar/different to other brass instruments?

The cornet looks similar to the trumpet but is visibly shorter and wider, although their total length is exactly the same size.

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Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the cornet?

There are many famous cornet players - the instrument is regularly featured as a solo instrument in brass bands.

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