Find the best bugle lessons, classes, and instructors on HeyKiki and how to play the Bugle instrument. Famous at summer camps and military events, the bugle is the most basic brass instrument. With no valves or devices to change pitch, one plays the bugle simply using his or her own vocals to change sounds. And there's only five notes to memorize. "Taps" has been played since the early 1990s so, if you're looking for a quick and easy instrument to learn, bugle is your coup de grace.