The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps

The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps is a service organization for high school and college trumpet players to use their musical gifts to serve others. Their main project is volunteering to play Taps at veterans’ funerals to help with the shortage of military buglers. Due to this shortage, most veterans are laid to rest with a tape recording of Taps instead of a live performance. They believe that those who serve our country and fight for our freedom deserve more than just a recording. The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps was founded by Katie Prior as her Girl Scout Gold…

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Music Business Definitions‏

No explanations needed…. AGENT: a character who resents performers getting 90% of his salary. ARRANGER: a guy who writes to support a drinking habit. BALLET: an art form for people with eating disorders. BANDSTAND: the area furthest away from an electrical outlet. BIG BAND: nowadays, an aggregation consisting of two musicians. BROADWAY PIT JOB: a prison sentence disguised as a gig. CABARET: a venue where singers do songs from shows that closed out of town. CATERER: a man whose hatred for musicians is unrivaled. CHANTEUSE: a singer with an accent and no time. CLASSICAL COMPOSER: a man ahead of his…

Transcriptions and Record copies Made Easier

We have had a few questions about an easier way to transcribe solos and copy arrangements off recordings and I will share a few tips which will make this laborious and time consuming process a little easier. Start with our old friend Audacity or any other recording program which is able to reduce digitally the tempo of your recording without changing the pitch. Step #1. Record the solo or arrangement and save. Step #2. In the Edit draw down, select the “all” feature. Step #3. From the Effects button, click on “Change Tempo” Step #4. In the Change Tempo window,…

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The struggling Cornet

The suppression experienced by our lowly cornet has been present for many, many years as indicated by this famous letter from Herbert L. Clark, sent to Elden L.Benge dated January 13, 1921. Additional cornet enthusiasts have drug their feet in supporting the modern trumpet as stated by cornet enthusiast professor A.O. Peterson who is quoted in this booklet the Cornet, “The trumpet will never become more popular than the cornet because of its strident tone and piercing characteristics”.

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Practice- What?

As I mentioned in our previous post, several areas need to be addressed during your daily practice sessions. Download- 60 Minute Practice Routine Warm-up Your warm-up will begin your lip development and I strongly recommend that the first portion should be done on the mouthpiece alone. I have included a short warm-up which includes buzzing on only your mouthpiece (5 minutes). Be sure to produce a full, rich sound on every note. Fill your lungs completely and begin each note with just the air. Do not tongue any of these notes. Arpeggio Exercises Begin these exercises slowly and as you…

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Practice- When?

What difference does it make when you practice? That is a very good question for little has been written on this subject. I will share some of my feelings on this in hopes that you can gain some insight into the affects of practicing at various times throughout the day. What is the best time of the day to start practicing? The best time of the day to start practicing is early in the morning. Your schedule will dictate if this is possible but if scheduling is not an issue and you could plan out your whole day around practicing,…

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