Using Technology to Improve Your Trumpet Playing

We are all familiar with the advancements made in technology, but do we take full advantage of the many devices we have? In this first offering, I will list some that I have been able to utilize which have made a difference in my playing ability and with the following post I will describe the methods used to take full advantage of these devices.

Video Recording

Many might question the importance of video recording your playing, but you must realize that every performance you do is both a visual as well as an audible performance. In my next post, I will give some suggestions as to how you can improve your performance from both points of view.


How easy it is to forget what this simple time keeper was intended for but how many of us still work with it on a regular basis? Keeping a steady tempo or even knowing what the tempo should be is usually not important to most of us, but having the ability to keep a steady beat is important and in a following post I will cover some simple, yet effective ways to use this device more effectively in your practice routine.


Everything I said about the importance and use of the metronome can be restated regarding the use of the tuner. Even though most of us have and sometimes use this instrument, I will cover a few effective tricks which will make this instrument more valuable to your trumpet improvement.

Audio recorder

So simple yet so effective when one tries to improve their playing skills. The improvement made in recording quality has made this device more accurate in sound recording and playback and for that reason; we need to do more practicing with it. I will be listing more effective ways to get the most out of your recorder.

Visualizing Your Sound

The tone quality of your performance is many times a problem and in a following post I will suggest some tricks which can make a significant improvement in your sound through the use of biofeedback exercises.

Increasing Power with the Dials

Just how loud is loud? You’ll be able to see how decibel measurements can increase your ability to play stronger and for longer periods of time.

Playing Duets By Yourself

Ensemble playing has many benefits as we all know. But what do you do when there is no one to play with? I’ll give you some simple solutions to this problem in a later post also.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.

3 thoughts on “Using Technology to Improve Your Trumpet Playing

  1. Jorge

    Audacity is a freeware recording /editing app that can let you see the dynamics of your playing graphically ,and any of the free tuner apps can help keep pitch where it needs to be.

    • Bruce Chidester

      I use Audacity every day and you are correct in all of its features. That is a great free program. Do you use it and if you do, what settings do you use for the reverb feature.

  2. Jorge

    I use reverb on vocals when the wife and daughter sing . I try to keep the trumpet “flat and dry” i.e. unprocessed . As far as the settings go , it’s mostly cut and try with about 100-200 mS and levels to taste 🙂 HTH

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