“FAST”- Sustained Success w/Simple Slurs

Sometimes I am asked, “Where do you get your ideas to write about”? Today’s post comes from the fact that both my wife and I have been suffering for the past couple weeks with cases of Bronchitis and with this condition, the above mentioned participants find relief by sleeping in a chair in the upright position. You are forced to spend more time thinking than sleeping and this post is the product of last night’s rest (or lack of). Please pay close attention to what I will be offering for in my opinion, I feel very strongly about this post…

Today We Face One Of The Most Difficult Threats In Our History

Some say it is the beginning of “The End Times”. Some say we are in constant threat of attack by an enemy we have no experience facing. Many wonder if Christianity is in the path of this dark movement and as we view innocent people being executed before our very eyes each day, all we as citizens can do is wonder if our government is up for this monumental challenge. Some say our leaders in government are naive and ill prepared for this task placed before them and some may wonder if the last chapter in our Bible is close…

How I Practice- Finger Flexibility and Coordination Exercises

Clean breaks between notes require fast and coordinated valve action and for that reason you should practice finger or valve exercises daily. I have included a few exercises which will help increase this area of your performance. Playing fast material will hide many fingering faults where slow material will quickly expose weaknesses. For that reason I have included two slow song I Wonder As I Wander€ and the lesser known Humoreske€. A musician may have the best tone in the world and still be rated poorly for sloppy valve work and for that reason it is a good idea to…

Welcome to the Bell Curve System of Practicing

Just what is the “Bell Curve System”? A Bell Curve is a representation of graduated increase and decrease of anything. It could represent income changes, temperature differences or the stock market. It is a gradual representation of change and this “gradual” change can be beneficial to your practice habits. I will illustrate this concept by using a practice habit most trumpet players use every day. The proper use of the Clarke Technical Study book. Open your book to the first series and we will begin. Start on the first exercise and continue to the last example. Visualize the bell curve…

A great musician and a wonderful person to know.. we’ll miss you Steve

Steven L Black (May 4, 1958 – December 16, 2013) Not often do we get to know such a wonderful person as Steve Black. In a business which is well known for petty jealousies and back stabbing, it is refreshing to come across one who is kind, patient and a true gentleman. Steve was such a person and to have lost him so soon in his life is difficult to understand. Our prayers and thoughts are with his widow and family members in this difficult time. The world would be a better place if we all were like Steve. We…

“Trumpets In Concert” – Have A Very Mellow Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and to put you all in a very mellow mood, I wanted to share with you a very musical trumpet ensemble called “Trumpets In Concert” Gernot Kahofer, Manuel Lichtenwöhrer, Leonhard Leeb – Trumpets Bernhard Macheiner – Keyboards, Organ Thomas Mair – Percussion Read more about this musical ensemble on their Web site at….. Trumpets In Concert This arrangement of “Blue Christmas” is available at our sister site trumpetensemblemusic.com

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