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…

Which Flugel Horn Is The Best?

While trying to complete my coverage of the flugel horn, I decided to see what typical trumpet/flugel horn players say about the many instruments available on the market today. I have included only the material found on one site in a span of two weeks- “The Yamaha Flugels are great…

How To Play A Flugel Horn

Most trumpet players approach the flugel in the same way they approach their trumpet- put it to your face and blow! Although this works, it might not be the best way to get the most out of your instrument. As I covered in my last post, the two instruments are…

Remembering Don Jacoby

Jake is gone but not forgotten by many of us in the trumpet world who were fortunate enough to have known him. If you are interested in his background and accomplishments, I highly recommend Clint “Pops” Mc Laughlin’s site . If you are interested in what Jake was really like,…

Who Is Your Favorite Child? Part 2

Just as it would be impossible to name my favorite child, it would also be impossible for me to name my favorite arrangement. To narrow the field down a little from the two hundred and fifty five arrangements that I have listed on my site, I thought I would list…

Who Is Your Favorite Child? Part 1

After nearly eighteen months of adding arrangements to my trumpetensemblemusic.com site, I thought it would be appropriate to answer an often asked question- Which is your favorite arrangement? Just as it would be impossible to name my favorite child, it would also be impossible for me to name my favorite…

How to Get Established in a New Area

After relocating to a new area, whether it be for employment, school, or just to move, we are faced with a similar problem- How do I get established in this new area? For a musician to get established is different from other activities. If you want to play baseball, you…

When I Grow Up I Want To Play Like Bobby Shew

That is a strange statement coming from a nearly seventy year old trumpet player, but that is how I would have liked to have played. Bobby has had a tremendous impact on the trumpet world, not only because of his beautiful sound, range and very gifted improvisational skills, but his…

Make Your Own Mouthpiece Buzzing Adapter

As you can see from the photo, my first Mouthpiece Buzzing Adapter was assembled many years ago, long before the more popular ones came on the market. I ran across mine this morning by accident and thought it would be an interesting project for you do-it-your-selfers out there. As close…