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THE STAGE — Yes, you can play three trumpets at once.
OK, maybe not you or I specifically, but someone can. And that someone is Swedish jazz musician and singer Gunhild Carling.
In the video, Carling does exactly what is stated above — she plays three trumpets at once. There isn't a gimmick where one of the trumpets is set up in a machine and she steps on a pump, or something like that. She uses her two hands and arms and her only mouth to blow air into each regular-sized trumpet.
It may not be the most beautiful arrangement for three trumpets ever composed, but she actually plays in a real, recognizable jazz lick.
It's impressive in its own right, but it's a bit more impressive when you learn that the instrument she's known for is the trombone, implying that this trumpet thing is just a party trick she learned.
Wrong. It turns out Carling can play an incredible amount of instruments, including the bagpipes, harp, harmonica, oboe, guitar, and more. But the party-trick thing isn't all that wrong either. Above all, she's an enthusiastic and energetic entertainer, so she has also been known to do other multi-instrument stunts to get the crowd hyped.
To see Carling showcase her talent with several instruments, check out this cover of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" she did with Postmodern Jukebox. You won't feel "Rick Rolled," promise.
You can also see much more of Carling on her YouTube channel.