Another Great Loss To The Trumpet World

We have lost a friend some younger trumpet players may not know or even recognize his name, Robert E. Nagel. To the older players, his work with the New York Brass quintet was the start of brass chamber music as we know it today. The trumpet work of Robert Nagel and Allan J. Dean was an inspiration to all of us at that time and we will forever be indebted to their perseverance and musicianship. I’m sure many of us have our favorite story about this gentile, soft spoken man but mine will forever be etched in my memory. Many…

It’s No Wonder We Have Junk Horns on The Market!

I think all serous trumpet players will find this interesting. I did several searches for a list showing the most popular and talked about trumpets on the Internet today and found this one…… The following was taken from one such “Most Popular” on the Internet lists… Hold on to your Bach, Schilke, Benge, Conn, Yamaha. 10 Best Trumpets 60,413 reviews scanned BestReviews.guide (BRG) is a data¬driven assistance tool for your online shopping research. There’s so much information available out there: social platforms, blogs, forums, comments, articles, and many more. At any given moment, there are thousands of new reviews published.…

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Copy Cat Trumpets

One of our readers brought up an interesting issue which I thought would be helpful to other readers and that was the quality (or lack of) of many imported trumpets on the market. As the unaware shopper begins to search for the perfect instrument for their kids or themselves, the first place many go to find such an instrument would be on ebay……so let’s take a look. Type in ebay.com and in the search box, enter trumpet. The first thing you see is “Mendidi Bb Beginning Trumpet in Gold, Silver, Black, Red, +CaseKit+ Case”. My goodness they might think, “I…

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Random Thoughts on Improvisation- Sequential verses Diatonic

Improvisation Noun- “the art or act of improvising, or of composing, uttering, executing, or arranging anything without previous preparation: Musical improvisation involves imagination and creativity”. “Now there is an Oxymoron” Noun- “a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.” One of my most respected friends from my early days at UNI was Dr. Dave Kennedy. To most who knew him, Dave was the epitome of an aging professor with one exception. He had a brilliant mind and an equally elevated sense of humor. When I…

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Welcome to the world of Hackers!

We are all aware of the nefarious actions of a few who find pleasure in interfering with others security and communications. These spineless, low level bottom feeders are responsible for disrupting communications as well as stealing from the innocent. These worthless, insects are called hackers and identity thieves. When sites are shut down as has been the case lately on the internet and supposedly secure sites have been violated as in the case of our government, we all shake our heads and wonder what kind of leach could do such things but when it actually happens to you, it elicits…

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Looking back On the Last Five Years- Our Top 3 Most Popular Topics.

To celebrate our 5th anniversary of our site, we have decided to post the top three most popular topics. Today we are featuring our third most popular post- 15 Reasons Why the Trumpet is The Most Difficult Instrument to play Some may question the validity of this statement but those that do most often are wrong. I will list my reasons and give a light hearted account of why this is the case. 1. Trumpets most often play the melody so everyone knows if we play the wrong notes. Unlike the Bassoon, which plays notes that only Canada geese can…

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32 Transposition Etudes- Free

Third Day of Free Etudes! How long will this continue? Our first offering was obviously from France- 36 Etudes Trascendantes by Theo Charlier . Our second offering was from Russia- 13 Russian Etudes by Vladislav Blazhevich. Today’s offering is from various countries- Transposition Etudes

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