Q: How do I empty all the water from my trumpet without using the spit valves?
1. Hold trumpet as normal;
2. Tilt 90 degrees to the left (i.e., counter clockwise) so that the valves are horizontal, with the valve buttons pointing to your left;
3. Angle the bell up a few degrees;
4. Press down 3rd valve and blow (some folks find it best to remove the mouthpiece before blowing);
5. Press down 2nd valve and blow;
6. Press down 1st valve and blow;
7. Rotate 90 degrees counter clockwise so that valve buttons are pointing straight down;
8. Tilt bell downwards and lots of water runs out clearing all parts of the instrument!
This is employs the the same technique used by french horn players. It really does work and can be far faster than removing slides or even operating 2 water keys.
Bonus joke: How do you make your trumpet sound like a french horn? Stick your hand in the bell and miss lots of notes.
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