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How to mimic trumpet sound in English?

I expect something like:

Too-too-too-too-toooooom!

Too-too-too-toom!

Too-too-too-toooooo-toooooo-toom!

Is it correct?

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    I don't know if there's a standard onomatopoeia word for trumpets.... sometimes toot is used for horns. – J.R. Oct 11 '16 at 9:14
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    Depending not the pitch of your trumpet, "brrr brrr brrr" can also be used, but may be confused with being cold ("brrrr") if not sounded correctly... – Peter Oct 11 '16 at 9:50
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In The Pirates of Penzance W.S. Gilbert certainly thought there was an onomatopoeic description of a trumpet:

Sergeant.
There is nothing brings it round
Like the trumpet’s martial sound,
Like the trumpet’s martial sound

Sergeant & Police.
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara! tarantara!
Tarantara, ra, ra,
Tarantara! Ra, ra, ra, ra,
Ra, ra, ra, ra,
Ra, ra, ra, ra,
Ra, ra, ra, ra,
Ra, ra, ra, ra,
Tarantara, ra, ra,

Your mileage may vary, and this is only one man's usage (though an important one). I think it's safe to say that in this case you're entitled to use whatever sounds right to you.

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I play trumpet. The way we tend to tongue our notes is with "dah" if that helps.

however, the "dah" doesn't really come out. If you listen to a great brass player, it sounds brilliant, but the beginning isn't very pronounced. a hard consonant can't correctly represent it. Also, the noise tends to be very clean.

Try "Rhaaaa"

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    Isn't the name "trumpet" somewhat onomatopoeic, "truh... truh... trumpet"? – laugh Sep 17 '17 at 18:21

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