Taps Bugler: Jari Villanueva

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Getting Started on the Bugle

How do I start? Where do I get a bugle?

The best thing to do is to get a trumpet and take some lessons from a professional trumpeter. If you have played trumpet in the past you should have some of the basics down already and it shouldn’t take too long in getting your embouchure back into playing condition. If you are a beginner, find a good horn and a good mouthpiece to start on and remember that it takes a little while to get a decent tone so be patient. A good teacher will guide you along. There are good trumpet methods available that your teacher will recommend.

How do I find a teacher?

Contact the music departments of local university and colleges. There are always some students who are willing to teach, especially those who are going into the music education field. You can ask the band director at the local high school for any references. Also check with the local musicians union or association.

If you are interested in just playing the bugle, I recommend the following:

Teach Yourself To Play the Bugle by George Rabbai

Published by Brigade Bugler, PO Box 165, Pitman, NJ 08071

This has been republished as Fun With The Bugle Available from Mel Bay Publications, #4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO 63069-0066

Other books that have bugle calls:

The Buglers Handbook by Nelson Node Available from Mel Bay Publications, #4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO 63069-0066.

67 Bugle Calls as practiced in the Army and Navy of the United States
Published by Carl Fischer

Infantry Calls of the American Civil War by George Rabbai
Published by Brigade Bugler, PO Box 165, Pitman, NJ 08071
Available from Mel Bay Publications, #4 Industrial Drive, Pacific, MO 63069-0066

The Civil War Bugler Vols. I & II by Jerry Pollard
Civil War Bugle Calls of the Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery
PO Box 2593, Rome, GA 30164
(706) 232-7232

20 Bugle Calls by Jari Villanueva
Modern bugle calls with description and brief history of each call
History of Taps and performance guidelines is included
Available from JV Music, www.jvmusic.net

Some basic ideas recommended for study with a teacher:

Correct embouchure placement
Techniques and exercises for buzzing the mouthpiece
Breathing
Tone production
Tonguing
High register

Mouthpieces:

There is no question about it. Get a good mouthpiece! Personally I’d rather see a good modern mouthpiece on a bugle than a cheap one that came with the bugle. Nothing feels more comfortable than your own and it will help produce a good sound. I recommend a modern Bach or Schilke mouthpiece.

Some tips from George Rabbai on practicing the bugle

Good Luck!!

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