How To Pick the Best Case for Your Trumpet

Part 1 What are the different kinds of trumpet cases? Most trumpets are purchased with accompanying cases and to the average person, this is adequate. Your instrument is expensive and deserves the best protection possible. But is the case that came with your instrument up to the task? If you search on line or at local music stores, the vast number and features of new cases can be confusing. One manufacturer advertises that theirs is the strongest and another manufacturer states that theirs is the lightest and still others say theirs is the strongest and the lightest. So what can…

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The Need to Play in an Ensemble

For most of us, the need to play in an ensemble is obvious. During our musical development, we all participated in ensembles, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes because of departmental requirements. Whether in a marching band, a jazz ensemble or a brass quintet, we all had experiences in this area. To most of us, the requirements to participate in a marching band had more to do with entertaining the wealthy alumni than it had to do with a beneficial musical experience. I have to admit, I never cared care for my marching band experience. Playing in chamber ensembles, jazz bands and…

Trumpet Falls and Doits Made Easy

Recently, we have been seeing more and more questions about falls and doits. More specifically, how are they played? Playing doits (ascending effect) and falls (descending effect) are very easy and I will demonstrate an easy way to get the most out of your fall and doit. The secret to an effective fall or doit is in the correct position of your valve and here is an easy way to find that position. 1. Establish the starting pitch and the final pitch for your fall or doit. 2. Place the first finger of your left hand directly in the path…

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Trumpet – Brass or Silver Finish?

Should I get a silver or brass finish on my trumpet? This decision is not the same as deciding on a color for your new car. Color and finish are two different issues when deciding on the surface of your new trumpet. Many people decide on the silver because it “looks” cool. Many believe that the brass finish is too similar to the student horn’s finish they are trading up from. The decision between the brass and the silver can be made easier by reviewing the following questions and my responses to those questions. What difference is there between silver…

Revisiting VALVE SLIDE CONVERSION RINGS- THE SOLUTION TO LOW D & C# INTONATION ADJUSTMENTS

I have continued to test and evaluate the merits of this approach to better intonation and have some additional information for my readers. I have been playing every day with the ring inserts and have become convinced that the rings help intonation problems and I’m still fine tuning the lengths of each ring to improve my horn even more. Each day I make notes when recognizing undesirable pitch discrepancies and evaluate the value of making length adjustments to each ring insert. If one note is the slightest flat or sharp, I evaluate the benefits of slight adjustments to that note…

Musician’s Eye Chart

While visiting my doctor today, I noticed the eye chart hanging on his wall and decided to modify it for our use. I hope you  all can read it and for all you jazzers out there, just add a lowered 5th and raised 9th and you will be fine.

“One way” to Clean Your Trumpet

In the preceding post, I featured what I considered to be one of the worst instructional videos I had viewed. This can be very risky but, as one of advanced age, I felt my duty to expose this atrocity. Some times such actions can turn around and bite you on the butt…. and it did. Shortly after posting this video, one of  my current and very kind students suggested that I make a video showing the proper way to clean a trumpet. Thanks Jen€. In an effort to prove my manhood as well as show my limitations, I spent yesterday…

The Worst Instructional Video On The Internet

Continuing in my limited series of disturbing videos I have selected this gem. YouTube has an ever increasing library of self help videos which strive to inform our world on various subjects. Many of these are very helpful and in some cases, they can be very destructive as in the case of this video- Please read this post completely before trying the above instructions. This could possible be the worst instructional video on the internet! If these instructions are followed as described in the video, I can guarantee that you will have ruined your instrument and for that reason, I…

How I Practice- Playing Etudes

I try to allot time each day for playing new material and because of the unlimited amount of etudes available today, we will never need to be without material. The internet is one source of quality etude material and no one can use the excuse that they can’t afford to purchase study material. An example of this great resource is this- visit 200 fabulous etudes€- AND THEY ARE FREE. One of my favorite etude books was written by Vincent Cichowicz and is called Trumpet Flow Studies. “The material is not as important as the habit of reading new material every…

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How I Practice- Finger Flexibility and Coordination Exercises

Clean breaks between notes require fast and coordinated valve action and for that reason you should practice finger or valve exercises daily. I have included a few exercises which will help increase this area of your performance. Playing fast material will hide many fingering faults where slow material will quickly expose weaknesses. For that reason I have included two slow song I Wonder As I Wander€ and the lesser known Humoreske€. A musician may have the best tone in the world and still be rated poorly for sloppy valve work and for that reason it is a good idea to…