After the success of our unique, brass starter instrument: pBuzz, many upper brass teachers loved the idea of a simplified foundation instrument but felt that pBuzz is, in essence, a lower brass instrument. Despite the fact that I carefully tried to make pBuzz the easiest way to begin your brass playing journey I could also see the logic in the argument that an instrument with a higher pitch and a smaller mouthpiece might be better for trumpet and cornet players starting out.
In pBuzz we had already isolated one harmonic or partial and focused on changing pitch by lengthening and shortening the instrument so with our new trumpet orientated instrument it felt right to offer an alternative approach by plugging into centuries of bugling tradition and focusing on changing harmonics. pBugle is the result!
"A brilliant crossover between toy and musical instrument pBugle has been designed especially for mini musicians. Light weight and robust enough for a child to learn about brass playing through playful exploration, pBugle is a real trumpet that can develop authentic beginner brass skills without the complication of learning to play valves."
pBugle is in Bb, an authentic trumpet playing key meaning that notes learnt are instantly transferable to trumpet or cornet. Also it steers learners away from moving step wise around the lowest part of the trumpet, encouraging early access to higher note playing skills that will become essential later in the players journey
Before production we carefully tested pBugle in schools settings alongside respected and experienced trumpet teachers. Both the teachers and I were delighted to see the great progress and freedom of music making that pBugle allowed. Concentrating on buzzing, breathing and blowing without the distraction of valves meant that children were quickly making great sounds and all involved were pleasantly surprised by the ease of crossing harmonics. This also meant that the participants cold get really involved with the music, improvising and developing their musical memories right from the start of the sessions.
pBugle is, of course, light and incredibly robust compared to any metal instrument and represents outstanding value for money, especially when you consider a good quality plastic 7c mouthpiece is included.
Like all our products it is also carbon neutral and is 100% recyclable.
We have also created some materials to help young players get going and to help teachers use pBugle in the classroom...