Interlude II: Clean Up Your Axe

Cleaning anything involves getting involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.
~Laurence J. Peter

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

Interlude II: Clean Up Your Axe.

This Chapter Covers:

  • Why clean the horn?
  • Routine cleaning,
  • how to take apart the trumpet,
  • how to fully clean the horn,
  • how to put it back together.

Terms to Know:

  • axe: Slang for your instrument. Originally meant a guitar but now refers to any instrument.
  • mouthpiece brush: a brush used to clean inside the mouthpiece.
  • slide grease: lubricant for the slides of the trumpet.
  • snake: a device used to swab out the inside of the trumpet.
  • valve casing brush: A brush used to clean inside the valve casings. The diameter of this brush is important.
  • valve oil: oil used on the valves to keep them moving smoothly.
  • lacquer: a clear sealant that keeps our horn shiny by preventing oxidation of the brass.

Resources for This Chapter:

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  • …mouthpiece brush:

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  • … Oiling Valves Through the Slide:

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  • … Greasing the Slides:

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  • … Unsticking a Slide Technique:

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  • …Brushes and a Snake:

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  • …Valve Oil Placement:

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Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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