Shofar Sho Good!

A shofar (pron. /ʃoʊˈfɑːr/, from Hebrew: is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram’s horn, used for Jewish religious purposes. Like the modern bugle, the shofar lacks pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player’s embouchure. The shofar is blown in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur, and is also blown every weekday morning in the month of Elul running up to Rosh Hashanah. Shofars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the choice of animal and level of finish. You may ask, what is information about a Jewish instrument doing on a trumpet player’s blog? Especially due to the fact that the host of this…

Different Forms Of Teaching

So, why don’t we jump right in and begin our quest for that perfect job that you are looking for in music. Different forms of teaching College/University- Teaching at the University or College level can be very satisfying for you are usually working with focused and dedicated students. Working with this type of person is much less frustrating than teaching at lower levels of students. A definite advantage of this level is that you are working with more developed musicians which is a challenge all of its own. Your teaching schedule is more like most regular work schedules. Although you…

Are You Thinking About A Career In Music?

Having a full time job in music is very appealing to many young people. They view their local band director as a leader in the community who apparently enjoys his/her position and is content getting up early every morning and going to work. Or, the young person sees an entertainer on TV who is doing what they enjoy and making vast sums of money doing it. Or it might be a person interested in teaching at the university level. All of these positions may be of interest to a young person but as in all professions, there are many things…

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You Should Never Breath Through Your Nose…unless.

How many times we have heard this mantra about inhaling before playing a note on a brass instrument? Until recently, I have been one of those practitioners. Lately I have begun to waver in my staunch attitude towards this practice. Now before you get all hot and bothered and start ranting about, “You can’t get enough air in if you breath through your nose” or “your sound is darker and more improved if you breathe through your mouth” or “breathing through your nose is too slow”, let me explain a couple of instances that taking a breath through your nose…

Jacob Collier- Absolute Genius!

Seldom in our lives do we meet a person who seems to have abilities far above the norm and as you view these two videos, I think you will agree that this young man is at a level far greater than the average musician. I have perfect pitch but when viewing his instant pitch recognition and vocal duplication I am greatly humbled. Jacob is an individual so talented that one cannot even understand, lest appreciate all that he has and is accomplishing musically. Jacob Collier is definitely “one of a kind”! Fascinating Rhythm – Jacob Collier Music Theory Interview: Jacob…

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With A Little Help From My Friends Competition Winner!

The time limit for our contest has past and with great pleasure I introduce you to the first place winner; Mr. Aaron Frish from Winnsboro, South Carolina. His suggestion on how to memorize music was the winning entry and for his submission, he has selected ten arrangements, of his choice, free of charge worth $113.50! Not bad for a few minutes effort……. Please read his entry (reprinted by permission) and we all thank him for entering our contest. “I have been playing the trumpet for seven years now, and I love it. I saw your contest, and I wanted to…

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We Made The Top 10 Blogs for 2016!

10 Blogs That Every Trumpet Player Should Read This is a reprint of the original post by Jeremy Smith on September 14, 2016 and is posted with his consent. “When I first started this blog 2 years ago, one post that I wrote was 10 Blogs That Every Trombone Player Should Read. It had great success then and is still considered one of my top read posts. Today, I am continuing that series by highlighting 10 blogs by trumpet players that I believe to be of great help to the industry. Below you will find a list of 10 professional…

How Good Does A Trumpet Have To Be?

If you ask most trumpet players this question the answer is usually “I need one better than the one I’m playing on now!” But is this a true evaluation of our current instrument? To fully understand what I am about to say, I will approach this question from two different perspectives; How good does the instrument have to be to satisfy its player? and…… How good does the instrument have to be to make a difference to the listener? How good does the instrument have to be to satisfy its player? Every musician wants to be able to perform with…