Introducing the Piccolo Trumpet

Anthony Thompson (no connection with North Tyneside Brass in Schools) demonstrates the piccolo trumpet which is half the size (in length of tubing) of the standard trumpet or cornet, and is pitched an octave higher.

The modern piccolo trumpet enables players to play the difficult trumpet parts of Baroque music, such as Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto, and it has been used in modern popular music, famously to play the high trumpet solo in the Beatles “Penny Lane” (see video below).

As here, the piccolo trumpet usually has four valves instead of three, and the fourth valve lowers the pitch by five semi-tones (a “perfect fourth”), allowing lower notes to be played and providing alternate fingerings and better intonation for some notes.


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