A pillar among trumpet method books, The Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet has long set the standard for trumpet pedagogy books. If you are serious about playing the trumpet, this book must be in your collection. Within its pages, trumpet players can find detailed exercises and instruction geared to make the aspiring trumpeter into

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12 inspiring trumpet videos to make you practice or quit! Of course, there’s Wynton Marsalis, but you might be surprised by our choice videos including Alison Balsom, Keyon Harrold, Maurice André to Roy Hargrove and more! Our next set of videos we’ll post includes trumpeters Arturo Sandoval, Ibrahim Maalouf, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan, Allen Vizutti

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Anytime I observed Wynton Marsalis backstage after a show giving tips to aspiring trumpeters, consistently his message was “practice long tones.” As we all know, long tones are dreadfully boring. What misery it was to hear him proclaim, time and time again, the gospel of the long tone. But, in truth, the rare times I

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Rafael Méndez recorded for Carl Fischer ALL of the famous Arban single tongue exercises found on pages 28 – 36 in Complete Conservatory Method for Cornet by Arban. Here are those exercises in PDF format and a video with the audio of Rafael Mendez playing them. This is a fantastic resource to hear a legend

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Fascinating look at what happens inside the mouth, throat and chest cavity from an MRI while playing brass. The most interesting parts of this video reveal exactly what happens when you crescendo and decrescendo, as well as, playing from low to high. It’s awesome to see how the body achieves larger and smaller openings to

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Trumpeter James Morrison has a wonderful YouTube video series where he addresses the essential fundamentals of playing the trumpet (or any brass instrument for that matter). His way of explaining breathing, endurance, range and more is simple, clear and highly-effective. A few key concepts to keep in mind: A relaxed deep inhale produces a focused

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Recommended Daily Practice by Wynton Marsalis BDG Magazine(?), May, 1987 The quality of the practice is more important than the length of time it takes. Three hours will allow you to cover all aspects of playing, but 45-60 minutes is enough for one sitting. Practice has several basic objectives: Sound Slurring Tonguing (single, double, triple)

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As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I remember my father, Ellis, a pianist, and his friends talking about “sheddin’.” When they got together, theyʼd say, “Man, you need to go shed,” or “I’ve been sheddin’ hard.” When I was around 11, I realized that sheddin’ meant getting to the woodshed – practicing. By

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If you have a jazz performance tonight, here’s a list of some Halloween Jazz tunes! Even if the sound of the tune isn’t scary or in a minor key, at least the titles are appropriate. There’s also 4 FREE Halloween jazz arrangements of very popular Halloween tunes you can download and use on your gig

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