American Pride Part 2

Many commented on my first American Pride post and I thank you all for your support. There was one reader who missed my true intent for he interpreted my comments as being anti-America in nature. I can assure you that I have as much pride in our country as the next person and that was the reason that I wrote my article. I am proud of the USA and wish it to regain its place in the world market. My use of the video in the first post was to draw attention to the efforts in music of other nations…

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Multi-tracking- Part 1 Using Click Tracks

We have had many responses to our post describing the use of the Audacity software and for that reason; I thought it would be time to discuss some of the advantages as well as the disadvantages of multi-tracking. Multi-tracking is a technique where several recordings (tracks) are combined in order to augment instrumentation and add to the thickness of a recording. Some use the technique of over dubbing to fatten a sound and some use it to utilize a copied track for adding effects. I will first describe the use of multi-tracking in order to play duets, trios, quartet, etc.…

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Interesting Video

With all of the fine trumpet players in the world today, it is a challenge to decide which ones to feature. Making my decision this time was much easier for I have a vested interest in this gentleman. His name is John Hess and he was kind enough to send me this video which he recorded/performed and produced using one of my arrangements. Sometimes it’s nice to pat yourself on the back as long as you can control your ego. I was very impressed with

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Using Technology to Improve Your Trumpet Playing- Playing duets by yourself

Ensemble playing has many benefits including attention to pitch, better concept of time and a more musical environment. The problem arises when, at 10:00 PM at night, you decide to call a friend to come over and play duets with you and your only response is a loud click at the other end of the line. Recording yourself playing one or two parts of duets or trios can be very helpful for it forces you to keep time and play in tune. I have used this practice routine for many years and have found it to be very beneficial. Below…

Using Technology to Improve Your Trumpet Playing- Measuring your volume

Trumpet players are famous for loud playing and a few are capable of playing soft. But what is loud and what is soft when trying to improve your control of your instrument. If you have ever had the good fortune or misfortune of playing trumpet in a rock band, you may have experienced the high end of the decibel meter. If you have ever played trumpet in a small chamber ensemble, you will have participated in the other end of the scale. The loud volumes usually can be found in the Music Building at the University of North Texas and…

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