Upward Slurs Made Easier

I would like to give the late Mr. John Beer (former trumpet Prof. at the University of Iowa) credit for this helpful hint for improving your percentage of success with upward slurs. During one of my lesson with my good friend at the University of Iowa, John pointed out the fact that I was doing my upward slurs the hard way and proceeded to give me instructions to correct this weakness. As I played, he said that I was playing the top note too loud. To me it seems logical to do until he played it his way. To my…

Free Trumpet Sheet Music Offered At “Trumpet Ensemble Music.com”

For those who need some new music to practice and/or perform, visit our sister site at trumpetensemblemusic.com for a list of many arrangements you can download “free of charge”. Below are listed 38 free arrangements ranging from solos to brass quartets and include several helpful trumpet etudes and exercises. Minute Waltz- Trumpet Quartet Two Airs in D for Solo Trumpet and Piano Orlando- Brass Quartet (tpt.1,2, tbn.1,2) As Torrents In Summer for Brass Quartet (Tpts.1,2/Tbns.1,2) 41 Easy Trumpet Duets Happy Birthday (Branson style) Beaumont Rag Amazing Grace with Variations- Trumpet Solo Funeral March- Brass Quartet (Tpts.1,2/ Tbns. 1,2) Deus enim…

Fine Tuning Your Fingers

When the topic of tuning comes up, it usually pertains to an intonation situation but in this case, I’m talking about the coordination of your valve fingers. Lately I have been noticing that my low D, Eb and Ab in the staff have been so sounding unclean and today I finally found the problem. For some strange reason I had relocated my right hand in a different position than normal. This is usually caused by playing and not listening to the product. Once I found the cause, the solution was very easy. For some of you this might be a…

Have You Missed Me?

After posting every day for six years on my two Internet sites, I finally took a week off to have two stents implanted in my heart area. It seems that a couple months ago, while performing a show, I had a mild heart attack and didn’t know it. The reason I am sharing this with you now is to give you an idea as to how a heart attack might change your lives. In my case the order of events went like this- During a show, I began to get sick and attributed it to possible food poisoning. I had…

Trumpet Case Updates- Hard Cases

My first review of available trumpet cases was done over two years ago and since that time, some new manufactures have come on the scene and some products have been discontinued. Because of these changes, I thought it was time to update my opinions as to which features and which manufactures seem to be offing us the best products. Be sure to check back to my earlier posts for I covered many issues at that time which will not be included in this updated review. This post will only include products which I feel are the best choice for anyone…

2016 Branson Terry Music Award Nominee List

To some this means very little and as you will see, it doesn’t mean much to me either. Entertainers from the Branson shows are nominated for the “best of 2016” list and in most cases, the recipients are well deserving of this nomination and eventual award. Looking down the categories you will find included the following “best”- Fiddle player Lead Player Bass Player Instrumentalist Tribute Artist Vocal Duo Matinee Show Male Vocalist Entertainer Comedian Drummer Keyboard Steel player Production Show Morning Show Show of the Year Female Vocalists That all seems to be in order, until you run across this…