Miles Davis’ music, his improvisations, his tone, his attacks on notes are all unique to Miles Davis. When you hear one note, you immediately know it is Miles. He’s gifted, some say a genius, some consider him a god, but what we often forget to remember is he worked extremely hard to achieve success on

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Here’s a list of 25 of the Best Trumpet Books you need to become a great musician. Plus, there are free PDF downloads of Clarke studies, Charlier and Goldman – just look for the small links under the images. If there are other method books you think should be listed, let us know in the

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Brian Frederiksen, author of “Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind“, has a lecture series showing incredible video of the great Arnold Jacobs giving masterclasses and discussing everything from breathing, embouchure, tongue position to performing. Arnold Jacobs Almost Live examines Mr. Jacobs’ extraordinary career and teachings. Below are a couple of videos Brian has offered freely for

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This is a brief instructional video for brass players with some suggestions for improving general trumpet flexibility. I love his concept of focusing on the sound you want and quality of execution you want and your body will figure out how to produce these results. He says to trust your ear and breathe vigorously, but

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It always helps to hear a master play a piece and to hear where you want to be in your playing. No-one has tackled these 14 characteristic studies from the Arban more beautifully than Paul Mayes. His tone is brilliantly dark and his interpretations are extremely musical. Paul Mayes plays Arban Study No.9 in this

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I was fortunate enough to have had trumpet lessons with the great Lew Soloff and become friendly with him to where I could text him at any given hour and get a reply within minutes. He was and remains one of my biggest inspirations in music and in life. One of the first things he

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I’m not a morning person and I suspect most of you aren’t either. It’s a challenge just to get into the bathroom to splash water on my face much less launch into the demands of playing a brass instrument. Are you kidding me?! Do not even try to communicate with me until I’ve had at

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Phil Smith plays Mahler 5 excerpt. Listen and watch the score. It’s amazing! And here’s a great thorough interview with trumpeter Phil Smith: Phil Smith Bio Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, has been with the orchestra since October 1978, when he was appointed as Co-Principal Trumpet by Zubin Mehta. His early

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A great 3-part Phil Smith interview by Hip-BoneMusic’s monthly interview series “Bone2Pick” Check out more great resources at: http://hip-bonemusic.com

There are a couple of recordings of J. B. Arban: Characteristic Studies (e.g. David Baldwin or Clyde Hunt). A recent recording is with the British virtuoso Paul Mayes. This recording and a book with piano and solo part is published by Brass Wind Publication. It was recorded in Nigel Gomm’s home built studio “The Outback”

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