Why does playing music come so easily to some, while others struggle to make positive changes to their playing?
Is it really that some just “have it,” while others (most) don’t?
The point of this article is to suggest that we are all capable of playing music on a masterful, inspired level, and that those people who seem to make effortless progress throughout their musical lives simply know how to stay out of their own way. Continue reading →
Here’s a quick video (roughly 7 min) with a few thoughts on how we can alleviate excessive mouthpiece pressure while playing the trumpet. We all occasionally find ourselves using a detrimental (but at the time perhaps necessary) amount of mouthpiece pressure. This can be caused by improper development, habitual subconscious techniques, tired chops, or just playing too damn high and loud. This video is meant to help you alleviate some of that additional mouthpiece pressure by way of adjusting your practice habits so that you can learn to play in a more comfortable manner, more often. Dig it! Continue reading →
Here is an excellent interview with the great Chris Martin, by the great Jens Lindemann. I know this site is mostly jazz/lead trumpet related, but this is too good not to share. For those of you who may not know, Chris was (is?) the principal trumpet player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and recently accepted the position of principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic. He’s an awesome player with lot’s of great sh*t to say. Enjoy!
For those of you who know me, you probably know me as a lead trumpet player.
However, learning to improvise in a jazz style is something that’s becoming increasingly more important to me as a musician. Here’s a video me practicing along with Carmen Mcrea’s rendition of Rogers and Hart’s, “Falling in Love with Love.” Nothing too fancy, just a fair take on where I’m currently at with my jazz playing. Continue reading →
Last night after everyone had gone to bed, I was laying on the couch listening to jazz. After checking out the normal stuff I dig these days, I got a little bored and asked myself, “what do I really want to listen to?”
Two tunes instantly popped into my head, and the second of which I was able to find online using my phone, so I went with that.
It was Rob McConnell’s recording of “The Waltz I Blew for You,” from the 1980 album “Present Perfect.” Now, if you don’t know about this record, check it out. It’s awesome. This particular chart is fantastic with great solos by Eugene Amaro on flute, Sam Noto on trumpet, and of course, our man Arnie Chykoski is playing his *ss off on lead trumpet. I had this side on LP in college, and listened to it until it melted. Continue reading →
I’m excited to announce that “Trumpet Foundations,” a free video course for beginning trumpet players is up and running!
The idea behind “Trumpet Foundations” is to set beginning students on a positive path to grow as trumpet players. I know many of you have been playing for awhile, but if you’d like a refresher on the basics, or if you have any students/educator friends that you think would like to check it out, please pass it along. I hope the lessons will be very useful to lot’s and lot’s of beginning trumpet players for a long time to come.
The course requires a membership (it’s free), so after clicking the link, you will need to create a username and password to login.