Hobbies Playing Music Types of Trumpets Share PINTEREST Email Print Yenwen Lu / Getty Images Playing Music Music Education Music Lessons Basics Music History Music Theory Playing Guitar Playing Piano Home Recording By Espie Estrella Espie Estrella is a lyricist, songwriter, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. our editorial process Espie Estrella Updated March 06, 2017 There are different types of trumpets distinguished by the key it is tuned to. Here are the various types of trumpets: Bb Trumpet - The B flat trumpet is the most common trumpet played by musicians and is used in bands and jazz ensembles. It produces a warm tone and is recommended for beginners C Trumpet - Tuned to the key of C and is shorter than the B flat trumpet. It is commonly used in orchestras and has a brighter sound. D Trumpet - It became popular during the 19th century but was later on replaced by the Bb trumpet. Musicians still use the D trumpet to play Baroque music. Eb Trumpet - This is the type of trumpet used by Haydn for his concerto. Nowadays, this type of trumpet isn't commonly used in orchestras or ensembles. E Trumpet - This is in the key of E and is used to play concertos by Hummel. Other than that, this type of trumpet is rarely used. F Trumpet - This trumpet has a higher pitch and was used to play Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto. It was also replaced by the Bb trumpet later on. G Trumpet - In the key of G and is hard to find and rarely used. Piccolo Trumpet - Smaller than a Bb trumpet and is pitched an octave higher than a regular trumpet in the same key.