Recent Blog Posts
- New teaching location – Milwaukee’s East Side
- John Marchiando masterclass
- David Bilger plays Tomasi and more!
- Dave Slonaker Big Band
- R.I.P. Lew Soloff
- Kenny Rampton Warm Up and Practice Techniques
- Recommended Music!
- Mambo Legends Orchestra!
- Trumpet fundamentals clinic on 10/5/13 at Melk Music!
- Arturo Sandoval – Trumpet and life lessons on Tip Tuesday!
Blog Topic: Practicing
An excellent masterclass by John Marchiando…….topics include breathing, tone quality, warm ups, etc. Well worth the hour of viewing time!
Excellent information for any trumpet player from Kenny Rampton of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Area band directors…….I’m presenting an informal masterclass on trumpet fundamentals at Melk Music Inc. this Saturday, Oct. 5th at 1:00pm. While I’m gearing it towards middle-school level students, high-school students will get something out of it too! It’s FREE and … Continue reading →
Thank you Arturo Sandoval and Jens Lindemann for sharing what trumpet playing is all about!
The Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center has recently released a 5-part YouTube video series titled “The Art of Section Playing”. This is the best video series I’ve ever seen on the subject, and some of the best instruction available by … Continue reading →
As many of my students know, I use analogies almost constantly in lessons. Most teachers find having multiple ways to explain a concept is helpful in connecting with a student. Analogies are one of those ways, so I’ve decided to … Continue reading →
I’ve just learned of a great article that I would like all of my students to read. It discusses many myths concerning “absolutes” when learning or teaching a brass instrument. The title says it best, “Never Say Never Again”. The … Continue reading →
I often stress the importance of playing accurately to my students. Rhythm, timing, pitch, articulation, style, purity of sound, evenness of tone in all registers, etc. all make the difference between a good player and a great player. I found … Continue reading →
Wayne is one of my favorite trumpet players and is just a great guy. I credit Wayne for advising me about an important adjustment of my trumpet playing. He’s a wealth of knowledge and a world class player in every … Continue reading →
A clean trumpet may be the easiest way to give yourself a performance “edge”, and it extends the life of your horn too. It’s just like changing the oil (and other fluids), rotating the tires, routine thorough inspections, and the … Continue reading →