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Want the free color eBook edition of Practice Like This? Sign up for 6 Bullet Saturday. 6-Bullet Saturday is a newsletter that gives you six things I thought worth sharing every week. Mostly it’s about practice, and I always include specific tips or exercises or drills that I use to help me and my students get … More Want a Free Book? Subscribe to the Six-Bullet Saturday Newsletter

Solo or No Solo?

I recently started playing Balkan music with a group of fun musicians. Lots of odd meters: 7/4 mostly, but a cool 10/8 one is in the set list for the gig in a week. Not ready yet, so I’m hitting the shed in all spare moments, which are few. I know nothing about Balkan music … More Solo or No Solo?

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods: Showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography 

The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography. Superb article. Check it out after the vid. Not much to find showing KD playing live, but here’s one: Source: Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods: The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography … More Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods: Showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography 

Hannibal Lokumbe (composer, trumpeter, activist, author, poet…):  “Ro”

Every now and then I’m stunned to learn of a trumpeter who’s been doing his or her thing for decades.  My first thought is, “How the heck did I not hear about this player!?” And then I go find everything I can about them. Growing up in Alaska, pre-1990, finding this kind of info would … More Hannibal Lokumbe (composer, trumpeter, activist, author, poet…):  “Ro”

Building a Strong Trumpet Section by Josh Rzepka 

Superb article, with good overviews of the role of each part. See the full article for all the good stuff. First Trumpet First trumpet in an orchestra or concert band is usually considered the head of the brass section, and this is generally how most composers and arrangers write. The first trumpet player’s primary responsibility is consistency. Students … More Building a Strong Trumpet Section by Josh Rzepka 

Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp (Poper)

I’ve been using Stamp for decades! Stoked to get this commentary and see where I’ve been wrong all these years, hah! ___________________________________________ Roy Poper Roy Poper’s Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp  A companion to the BIM publication, Poper’s book adds further explanation, background and applications to gain insight into Stamp’s popular exercises … More Commentaries on the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp (Poper)