Fix Old Playing Habits & Play Better than Ever Before (from the Ultimate Comeback Kit)

How to Improve Old Playing Habits

As some of you are probably aware, being a comeback trumpet player gives you the unique opportunity to learn from your previous mistakes, correct course and rewire your old playing habits.

You may have also noticed that even after 10, 20, or even 30 years off the horn those old playing habits, and your feel of playing the trumpet are still there. That’s because any mental wiring you learn throughout your life never really goes away. Sure, it gets rusty and covered up without use, but those old neurological pathways are still there lurking in the darkness, waiting to take you down.

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My Embouchure Change (*EXPLICIT*)


As some of you know, BTB ‘s humble beginnings were as a forum to get some ideas about playing out on paper, during, and after, a self-prescribed embouchure change.

I recently received questions about said embouchure change, and decided to write a deeply personal and moving account of the general process, why I chose specific directions in my playing, and what I currently commit to. Continue reading

*NEW* “FreeTB” Aperture Control Course Available!

Hey everybody – Just launched a new “FreeTB” course on learning to better control the aperture. This is a topic that’s gathered a lot of interest and has really helped to level-up my playing game. I think you’ll find a lot in the series if that’s what you’re into.

Here’s a screenshot of one of the videos.


The nine-part series dives head-first into the following aspects of aperture control: Continue reading

Understanding and Incorporating the Jazz Language (In VA) – BTBLOG Ep 7

Still waiting for that “light bulb” moment when it comes to understanding and incorporating the jazz language into your own playing? Here’s a super-easy, super-fun method for doing just that (straight from the teachings of one of the greatest improvisers ever). Enjoy!

Michael Davis Interviews Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s Lead Trumpeter, Nick Marchione

Here’s a fabulous interview by Michael Davis feat. the great NYC lead trumpet player Nick Marchione. Nick’s work with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been largely influential to me, and this interview covers a lot of great information including his work with and how he became the lead trumpet player for the Vanguard band, how to develop a great musical concept, his top five influences as a lead trumpet player (the list might surprise you), what he looks for in a section player, a hilarious anecdote about his experiences as a young working player, and his views on the differences between New York and Los Angeles (I completely agree with his observations on time).

Check it out, it’s very hip….bone……