Finding the Correct Mouthpiece Placement

When first starting out as trumpet players we have to locate the correct position for our mouthpiece. This sounds simple enough but after teaching for more years than I care to remember, this decision is more important than most people realize. The exact location can be determined by luck, comfort,…

Bella Tromba

This is the second in a series of “My Favorite Trumpet Groups”. The following material has be taken from their web site and explains a little about their history and accomplishments. To understand the complete story on this ensemble, go to Bella Tromba for more information. Formed in 2004 at…

Notice!

We will not be able to post for a couple days for this morning around 3:30 am. the house next to ours was leveled by fire and we will need a few days to get our home repaired from the experience. After two years of regular posting, this will be…

How A Trumpet Is Made

We all push the valves down and blow the air but seldom do we think about how this incredible instrument took shape. I found this video to be very well done and even for a seasoned veteran, this should be interesting.

How to Play in Tune

Before we get to the “How Do I’s”, I need to address a few questions which are seldom asked but are equally important: Why is it important to play in tune? Playing “out of tune hurts”. It doesn’t hurt the player but it certainly hurts the listener. If you watch…