Ever wonder how a trumpet is made? From factory made horns to handcrafted efforts, building a trumpet takes immense skill and technology. Trumpet-like instruments have historically been used as signaling devices in battle or hunting, with examples dating back to at least 1500 BC; they began to be used as musical instruments only in the late

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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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Louis Larouche is a fabulous trumpeter based in Quebec, Canada. He recently posted a video of him playing the Arban #11 characteristic study. It’s a fantastic reference for you to listen to while you learn and study the piece. Check out more works by Louis Larouche on his SoundCloud page. Louis Larouche received a First

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Here’s a great clip of Wycliffe Gordon demonstrating various warm-up techniques, sounds, rhythms, vocalizations and more. It’s not only an incredibly musical warm-up, but it inspires out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to making sounds on your own instrument – whatever it may be. Visit Wycliffe Gordon’s website for a ton of great music, videos, images,

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Do you know about the Brazilian choro? Choro, or chorinho, is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. It’s like

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