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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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’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

Here’s a very well put together video by trombonist Trent Hamilton on how one may go about learning how to play the Carnival of Venice on trombone. He takes each variation and important phrases and gives you clues or ideas on how you may go about finding success in performing them. It’s a great video

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A phenomenal rendition of the Carnival of Venice by trombonist Bob McChesney. This video is great in that it shows the music notation during the song. It’s wonderful to see what he is interpreting and playing so imaginatively spectacular. Bob McChesney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and began playing the trombone in the fourth grade

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Grab your Arban’s Book and your trumpet and play along! In this Play-a-long series, trumpeter Charlie Porter plays both the 1st and 2nd parts to each Arban duet. They are from the “68 Duets for Two Cornets” in the Arban’s Conservatory Method for trumpet & cornet. If you don’t own this book, you should! You

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