The cornet is more compact than the trumpet meaning it is often chosen by smaller pupils. The instruments are played in a similar way by 'buzzing' through a mouthpiece. There is no requirement to swap from cornet to trumpet when pupils grow, as cornets are played in many types of band in their own right including concert bands, military bands and probably most famously brass bands as featured in the film 'Brassed Off'.
Although not as celebrated as trumpet players, there are a number of famous cornet players in the brass world including James Shepherd, who was principal cornet for the celebrated Black Dyke band.
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Cornets are thought to have originated by adding valves to a Post Horn in around 1816. Cornets sound more mellow than trumpets and consequently were often asked to play melodic passages, whilst trumpets were given the fanfare style parts. The earliest cornets were made of wood but modern versions are now usually made of brass.
If we were to unravel the tubing we would find it is around 2 metres (6 1/2 feet) long, the same as a trumpet.
The notes are changed by pressing down different combinations of the valves. This adds and subracts different lengths of extra tubing, effectively make the pipe longer or shorter.
The Norman's Rental option costs £15 per month and if you make 24 payments you can keep the instrument. You can cancel your agreement after making a minimum of 3 payments.
The Norman's Purchase option costs £225 and if you return the instrument within 6 months you get 75% back.
Remember, when getting your instrument from Normans you get your first 10 lessons at half price.
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Cornet maintenance is fairly minimal. Periodically you will need to oil the valves to keep them moving freely. From time to time wash the instrument inside and out with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
To avoid clogging up the instrument try not to eat or drink anything sugary before playing.
Remember to return it to its case each time after you've finished playing.
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