How is the trumpet held or played?

The trumpet is held with the left hand. The pinkie and thumb both control different slides that change the pitch of the sound. The right hand is used to finger the three valves in the center of the tubing. Different combinations of holding down these valves cause different notes to be played. For example, holding down the second valve plays a B and an F sharp, while the first valve can play a B flat and F natural. The mouthpiece goes into the front of the trumpet, and the lips are placed on the end. By making a buzzing sound with your lips, air travels through the trumpet, and the pitch is changed with the valves and slides. There are many different brands of mouthpieces, and they very in width, length, depth, and shape.