Technology in Trumpet Playing- New Section Added to List

This past week I realized that I have posted many articles dealing Technology in Trumpet Playing. Due to this enlarging area of interest, I decided to offer a new section in our index and combine these related postings into a new section called Technology in Trumpet Playing in order to make this material more readily available to our readers. Below I have included these postings and hope this will make it easier for those interested in the technology side of trumpet playing easier to access. See What Your Tonguing Looks Like What is Really Happening in Your Body When You…

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See What Your Tonguing Looks Like

Often we are told to listen to our sounds and evaluate our progress. As I demonstrated on an earlier post we were able to see what our tone looks like through recording software. The same is true when trying to improve other areas of our playing, and in this case we will look at single tonguing and multiple tonguing through the eyes of the recording program Audacity. As in our other visual studies, we will be using the free software program Audacity. which can be downloaded at this site. To understand what is happening when you tongue a note, we…

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Flow Studies by Vincent Cichowicz

Seldom do we have the opportunity to have student’s insight shared in the teaching method of a world class trumpet teacher. When this interview was brought to my attention, I wanted to share it with you. For those of you who did not have the privilege of visiting with Mr. Cichowicz, I have included a small amount of background about this wonderful teacher. Although I had the occasion to spend some time with this him, I did not study with him. Many of my friends did and the comments given in this interview reflect the same respect that all of…

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Remembering Sandy Hook Elementary School

From time to time we have experienced joyous occasions where I felt the need to write something to commemorate the occasion such as the Royal Wedding. Other times I have felt the need to write for less festive occasions such as the National Anthem of Haiti. With mixed emotions this evening I wanted to offer this arrangement in remembrance of the victims and families at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Some may wonder why I chose these numbers to combine and all I can say is I was led to do so. Jesus Loves the Little Children…

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The OcToBrass Range Builder

They Say “If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it”. So…..I’ve tried it, now I’ll knock it. A friend of mine asked me to try his new OcToBrass Range Builder and let him know what I thought of it. I will first list the claims its inventor advertises and give you my view of this revolutionary instrument which will do all things and solve all problems. Well, where do I start? “OcToBrass Range Builder TM is a new compact buzzing and practice instrument”. This toy has been around for a couple years and to describe it as a toy would…

A Different Approach to Breathing

We have spent a great deal of time reviewing the Claude Gordan Systematic Approach to Daily practice and from your responses; many have found benefit, including myself. Now I would like to feature another approach to playing in the upper register, and as you will see, it suggests a completely different way about getting the higher notes. For those of you who will find this approach contrary to what The Gordan Method suggested, don’t be confused for each has its own approach to reaching the same goal. Where the Gordan Method instructs you to breathe deep and expand as much…

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Is Patriotism Growing In Our Country?

More and more trumpet players are starting to share their instrumental voice in honor of our country. Why this trend is increasing, who can say, but it is my wish that even more players begin to add their musical voices to the cause. For more information on this phenomenon, check out these other posts on this subject. The Most Important 24 Notes Wanted Buglers Also, if you have additional information to share, please send me your thoughts on this great revival.

8yr old Geoff Gallante plays tribute to Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass

When we think we have reached the top, along comes someone like this that reminds us we are not all that good. Looks as if we have some new blood in the trumpet world and are we happy about that. Enjoy the future of trumpet playing. 8yr old Geoff Gallante–all 50 pounds of him– plays tribute to Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass with the acclaimed Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band, Chris Wilhjelm conducting. The band is one of the finest of it’s kind in the nation.

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