My lovely 9 year old daughter has recently started learning the trumpet. Two lessons so far, through the local music service and held at school. I went to the first lesson to meet the teacher and to have a general nosey.
Anyway, today I was reading this http://www.abrsm.org/en/newsArticles/item.html?nid=838 which I picked up from my twitter feed. I was interested to see that under the paragraph "is this a G?" that it can take longer for brass players to progress initially than, say, someone learning the flute.
I have absolutely no idea about brass playing - I've piano, strings and woodwind experience but not brass. Is this really the case that it can up to six months to learn consistent notes up to a fifth in tone? I'd not be surprised if so, as over the last two weeks it has sounded like someone has left an elephant in the room and it is very distressed!
At the moment, every sound coming from the trumpet sounds on the same pitch, even when using the valves. I haven't managed to speak to the teacher since the first lesson but my daughter assures me she's playing Hot Cross Buns. Not entirely convinced myself but she is very enthusiastic about it.
Can someone give a few hints to help me help her practise effectively, without stepping on the toes of her teacher!