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Learn to Play pBugle

August 17th, 2020 | 1 min read

By Chris Fower

Hello and welcome to “Learn to Play pBugle”! In this blog we will share everything you need to get started making music on the pBugle. 


pBugle is designed to give learners their very best beginning to learning the trumpet. pBugle is essentially a normal Bb trumpet with no valves, made entirely from recyclable ABS! 


The books we've created will guide you through making your first sounds and explain how the pBugle works. There are backing tracks and videos: look out for the links in the QR codes which will take you to a backing track or video. Download the book below and then simply click on the link or you can scan the QR code with your smartphone.


To explain what's available in the free pBugle resource material, Chris Fower takes you through everything here:



Most importantly have great fun playing your pBugle... 

pBugle Books (PDF)

Download Learn to Play pBugle


Download Six Easy Bugle Tunes

Backing Tracks

Supporting Videos

Professional trumpeter, Anthony Thompson, will be your guide on this exciting learning journey:



Chris Fower

As an undergraduate Chris studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music and then became a member of the Advanced Studies, post-graduate performers course at the Royal Academy of Music and Principal Bass Trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He then spent 25 years as a busy freelance performer based in both London and the North of England working with a wide variety of ensembles and artists, including being a member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, The British Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Shirley Bassey’s Orchestra and the Creative Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside this Chris has worked extensively in all areas of music education, latterly as a leading deliverer and trainer in informal, large group practice. This included roles as Leader in Wider Opportunities at Hertfordshire Music Service, Leader of Instrumental Development for Derbyshire City and County Music Partnership and as a face to face trainer on the Trinity Guildhall/Open University “Whole Class Instrumental Learning” national training program.

He became a key member of the team that created pBone, the plastic trombone in 2011/12 and has been involved with pBone Music in various roles since then. Chris is currently the Director of Creativity and Innovation for the company, a role that includes overseeing product development and improvement, quality and education.