HOW TO BTB

Hi everyone, as I learn more and more about how to brainwash and effectively direct strangers on the internet through a rabbit-hole of BTB design, this will be a no-brainer.

But in the meantime, a great way to find relevant content is to type a keyword into the search bar on the right side of the screen. Something like, “embouchure change,” or, “aperture,” or, “high notes,” will probably work fine.

Be sure to check out BTB’s YouTube Channel and the BTBLOG tab.

Here’s an old index (not updated and probably delete-able) with recommendations based on your potential needs as a trumpet player. If there is something you would like to see in the future, please e-mail me at JamesMBlackwell@gmail.com, and I will provide.

Enjoy!

Beginning Trumpet Player? Check out:

  1. Trumpet Foundations: Free Video Lessons for Beginners (everything you need to know to get started)
  2. How to Make a Sound on the Trumpet – 02.01.2014
  3. The “Ins and Outs” of Breathing for Trumpet Playing – 08.19.2015
  4. Lip Slurs and Lip Flexibility UPDATED 08.08.2015 Original 02.16.2013
  5. Practice Tempos – 12.02.2012
  6. Log It! – 01.18.2013
  7. Blackwell’s Trombone Adventure – 04.01.2016 and beyond

Want Help dealing with the mental side of playing, check out:

  1. Playing Confidently on Gigs – 9.15.2015
  2. Log It! – 01.18.2013

If you re interested in playing lead trumpet, check out:

  1. Arnie Chycoski Lead Trumpet Analysis, “The Waltz I Blew for You.”

If you want some perspective on how to train your lead chops and become a more efficient trumpet player, check out:

  1. How to Reduce Excess Mouthpiece Pressure – 06.09.2016
  2. Concepts for the Advancing Trumpeter
  3. Build Embouchure Endurance and Play Trumpet Longer – 08.15.2015
  4. Core Support – 11.19.2012
  5. Thinking in Sound – 11.22.2012
  6. Practice Tempos – 12.02.2012
  7. To Grind or Not To Grind – 12.03.2012
  8. Get Out Front! – 12.06.2012
  9. Slowly but Surely, Shirley? – 01.10.2012
  10. Log It! – 01.18.2013
  11. Resistance is not Futile! – 01.25.2013
  12. Embouchure Training: Part 1 – 02.01.2013
  13. Embouchure Training: Part 2 – 02.12.2013
  14. Pacing (Fatigue Management) – 02.18.2013
  15. Air Flow/Breath Control – 02.19.2013
  16. Sweet Spot – 02.21.2013
  17. Base Building – 07.12.2013

If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty of the trumpet embouchure, check out:

  1. Open vs Closed ApertureUPDATED 08.03.2015 Original -01.24.2012
  2. Wet vs Dry Embouchure – 12.02.2012
  3. Jaw Fatigue – 02.27.2013
  4. Trumpet Foundations (full discussion on embouchure and aperture)
  5. How to Reduce Excess Mouthpiece Pressure – 06.09.2016

If you would like to learn to improvise, check out:

  1. Mistakes I’ve Made and What Really Worked in 2015 – 01.08.2016
  2. These Are Your Chops on Music – 03.14.2013
  3. April 2015: Zen and the Art of Blasting – 05.27.2015
  4. Thinking in Sound – 11.22.2012

If you are looking for some “chop” exercises, check out: 

  1. Blackwell’s Basics #2: Pitch Bends (Video) – 04.28.2014
  2. Blackwell’s Trumpet Basics #3: Learn to play high as &^*# ! (Video) – 04.29.2014
  3. Blackwell’s Trumpet Basics #4 – Learn to play high as *^$/ ! Part 2 (Video) – 08.04.2014
  4. Pitch Bends! – 12.11.2012
  5. Wet vs Dry Embouchure – 12.02.2012
  6. Staccato Tonguing and Why You Need to Practice It – 11.12.2012
  7. Expanding Scales – 12.20.2012
  8. Build Strength with Lip Trills – 02.20.2013
  9. Jaw Fatigue – 02.27.2013

If you are interested in what I practice, check out:

  1. Getting my Jazz on with Rodgers and Hart’s “Falling in Love with Love” – 05.06.2016
  2. Mistakes I’ve Made and What Really Worked in 2015 – 01.08.2016
  3. 2014 Review: What I Learned from Focusing on One Skill for All (OK Most) of 2014 – 01.03.2015
  4. January 2015 Review and Beyond! – 02.03.2015
  5. February Progress Report – 02.15.2015
  6. February, Books, and Bright Spots – 03.03.2015
  7. March 2015 Bright Spots, Video and Full Free eBook Chapter! (Video) – 04.02.2015
  8. April 2015: Zen and the Art of Blasting – 05.27.2015
  9. June 2015 Update 07.03.2015
  10. July 2015: New Fan, Kindle, Harmonic Series Routine, and the ii-V7-I Progression 08.06.201

If you just want a laugh, check out:

  1. Ten Tips for Becoming a Mediocre Trumpet Player – 06.28.2015
  2. Blackwell’s Trombone Adventure – 04.01.2016 and beyond