The Best $19.97 You Will Ever Spend!

With all of the advertising on the Internet and television it is hard to believe that such a small amount of money could make such a difference in your trumpet playing. For $19.97 you can send for vacuum cleaners, power drills, combat flash lights and a dozen other miraculous products which will totally change your life. So why is this $19.97 product so different? The answer to that question is defined below. TRUMPET LESSONS ON LINE “Improve Your Trumpet Playing Today” Testimonials “I am an 80 year old come back player after a long layoff. Your videos and information is…

The Definitive Guide to Flugel Horn Mouthpieces- Part 2 “Amazon’s Best Selling Flugelhorn Mouthpieces”

Best Sellers in Flugelhorn Mouthpieces (Listed from most popular to less popular) 1. Bach Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Silver 3C- $56.00 2. Bach Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Silver 10 1/2 C- $56.00 3. Blessing MPC3FL 3FL Flugelhorn Mouthpiece- $26.09 4. Bach Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Silver 1 1/4 C- $56.00 5. Bach 3423D Silver Plated 3D Cup Flugelhorn- $56.00 6. Yamaha Standard Series Flugelhorn Mouthpiece- $36.95 7. Bach 3423 Silver Plated 3 Cup Flugelhorn Mouthpiece, Deep- $56.00 8. Bach Flugelhorn Mouthpiece Silver 1 1/2 C- $56.00 9. Yamaha YAC SHEWFLUGEL Bobby- $48.99 10. Bach 3421 Silver Plated 1 Cup Flugelhorn Mouthpiece, Deep- $56.00 11. Bach 34210HDW…

Way To Go “The All Hands On Deck Show”

The last show I was playing before moving to Texas was “The All Hands On Deck Show”. Of all the shows I have played, this is the one that I enjoyed the most. The cast, musicians and even the stage crew were a blast to work with and I still miss playing with them. If you are planning to visit Branson, Missouri, by all means be sure to go to this show. The music, singing, dancing, comedy are all top rate and you will never see a more patriotic show. This is a top rated New York level entertaiment at…

Trumpet Stand Shoot Out!

As sometimes happens to musicians, I recently left my trumpet stand at my last job and soon relocated in Texas. The thought of driving back eight hours to pick it up was not something I would have enjoyed and decided to replace the one I lost. I have always purchased the K&M 5-Leg In-Bell Trumpet Stands- $23.99 for they have served me well through many years of playing but when I ran a search for other stands on line, one new product caught my eye……“Correction” the price of this product caught my eye. Titan In-Bell Trumpet Stand – $9.95. I…

Starting Over…again part 6

One of the greatest joys I have experienced while writing this blog for the past 7 years is when readers write in with their own views and opinions. This is a very fine example of such a reader. His name is Felice Sobrero and after viewing my post he left a comment on his experience with the same issue I was covering which was being able to practice in a confined or volume conscious area adjacent to neighbors. Felice graciously agreed to share his more extended experiences with me on his solution to our common problem. I think you will…

Starting Over…..again. Part 5

“VB70G. Sound Blankets Producers Choice* did as advertised”. After a simple installation of 5 heavy duty hooks, all I had to do was hang the blanket over the window. After checking the sound level at the curb, in front of our home, we decided that the amount of transferred trumpet sound had been reduced by 90% which I feel is adequate for my taste as well as my neighbors. This sound blanket comes with one side white in color and the other black which worked for me very well. The Texas Summer sun will be warming the front of our…

Starting Over…..again. Part 4

While still continuing to find a workable solution to my noise problem in our new house, it dawned on me to search the internet for remedies. Within seconds I had many suggestions as to how to deaden the sound transfer traveling through my large front windows. These choices ranged from foam to cotton, from fiberglass to cardboard and as I deciphered each claim, I narrowed my choices down to one constant fact; cotton seemed to be the best at deadening my sound. Before I shelled out an exorbitant amount of currency, I first had to be convinced that a cotton…

Which Comes First, Technique or Musicality?

This question is much like the chicken or the egg issue. Which should be taught first? One camp believes that without technique, nothing can be played and the other camp asks the question “what good is technique if it isn’t musical”. Both have their cases and in this post I will try to bring the two sides to a happy mid point. Most of my early teaching was geared to the technical approach but as I increase candles on my birthday cake I must admit, all technique can have its disadvantages. One student who stands out as the most gifted…

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…

“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.