Category: Tips

  • Wynton Marsalis Daily Practice

    Wynton Marsalis Daily Practice

    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)…

  • 11 Inspiring Trumpet Videos

    11 Inspiring Trumpet Videos

    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…

  • Sean Jones Cherokee Lick

    Sean Jones Cherokee Lick

    Sean Jones is a beast of a trumpeter, a brilliant improviser and a loving spirit. He has a spectacular command of the trumpet that is awe-inspiring. He is truly one of the GREATS. A recent video has been shared on Facebook of Sean playing the jazz composition “Cherokee” by himself. The entire clip is phenomenal!…

  • Wynton Marsalis on Long Tones

    Wynton Marsalis on Long Tones

    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…

  • Rafael Mendez – Arban single tongue exercises

    Rafael Mendez – Arban single tongue exercises

    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…

  • Breathing, Endurance, Range and more

    Breathing, Endurance, Range and more

    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…

  • Louis Larouche plays Arban #6

    Louis Larouche plays Arban #6

    Louis Larouche is a fabulous trumpeter based in Quebec, Canada. He recently posted a video of him playing the Arban #6 characteristic study from the

  • Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice

    Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice

    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…

  • Halloween Jazz Tunes

    Halloween Jazz Tunes

    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…

  • How Jazz Makes Us Better Drivers

    How Jazz Makes Us Better Drivers

    Jazz is a music of spirited, in-the-moment and consciously aware individuals making rapid fire decisions dedicated to creating a beautifully crafted and executed group performance. Jazz teaches and demands the ability to communicate sometimes opposing views in the spirit of discovering a soulful resolution. Jazz asks of the performers to effectively work together and to…