Expanding Your Upper Register

We are often asked to give some insight into material which would improve trumpet players higher register and this might answer some of these questions. One reason we seem to put a limit to our high notes is because the studies we practice do not include material in that register. Even the Arban Method is very dated in this area. So the question should be “where can I find decent material which includes higher notes than trumpet books offer”?Here is one such book and it will open a whole new world of material to advance your higher range playing. “Gekeler…

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Happy Pappy Popper Pills- “The Musicians Answer For Success”

Finally we have advanced to a stage in our musical lives where practicing is no longer required to become a successful musician. Throughout most of my life I have voiced the opinion that I would love to be able to take a pill which would eliminate the boredom of practicing. And finally it has happened! Let me introduce you to the new wonder pill of the musical world- “Happy Pappy Popper Pills” No longer will you be required to spend endless hours slaving over orchestral excerpts, jazz transcriptions and one more variation of the Carnival Of Venice. One amazing pill…

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“Free Trumpet Sheet Music” Update

I wanted to keep everyone up to date with our free trumpet sheet music section. At the present time we have 40 free arrangements which you can download at this time. So far we have had 10,777 downloads from this free section. Wouldn’t you like to make it and even 10,778? Check it out at.. http://www.trumpetensemblemusic.com/ and enter “free sheet music” in the search box.

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Are You Pushing Or Pulling Your Valves Down?

This may seem to be a strange question to be asking but the answer may determine the proper function and life span of your valves. I have recently been added to the list of unemployed musicians in the Branson, Missouri area. Our show season runs from March through December and due to the fact that we now have some time off, I thought it time to check the condition of my equipment. Due to the fact that I have been experiencing some problems with my first valve, I decided to look it over for any unusual wear or damage. Unfortunately…

Ten Rules For Keeping Your Job When Layoffs Are All Around You

We are still in very tough economic times and to be notified that your employment is no longer needed is something we all think about, even those of us who are retired. So how can you be certain that your job is secure? You can’t, but there are a few actions which you can take which will improve your chances of continuing your employment and I have listed a few- 1. Make sure everyone likes you- It’s harder to fire someone who you like. Many times the selection of personnel to keep or fire is based on the knowledge and…

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It Could Only Happen In Branson!

And here is still another happening in Branson. This morning one of the stage managers at our theater got this shot of a bass player going to his job with his bass stuck out the window of the car. What you might not have known is that the bass player is actually the bass player in “our show”. On the way to the theater this morning, his car broke down and one of the sax players took off to give him a ride into town. The show was postponed about five minutes so our players could make it to the…

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While We Are Still Talking About Jazz-YOGI BERRA EXPLAINS JAZZ

Interviewer: “What do you expect is in store for the future of jazz guitar?” Yogi: “I’m thinkin’ there’ll be a group of guys who’ve never met talkin’ about it all the time..” Interviewer: Can you explain jazz? Yogi: “I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, it’s right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you…

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Who Is My Favorite Trumpet Player?

This is a question many musicians ask when they have nothing else to talk about. I was recently asked this question and after careful thought, I came up with a name most of you may not even recognize. Favorite trumpet player’s names such as Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, Miles Davis, Al Hirt, Adolph Herseth, Wynton Marsalis, “Doc” Severinsen, Armando Ghitalla, Robert Nagle, and equally gifted players first came to mind. But for me at this time in my life, the person who I would rate as my favorite trumpet player would be Doyle Miller. Most of you are now wondering…

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