Either you’re working to get better, or you’re not working to get better. And everyone that’s working to get better is on the same level, they’re just at different phases of the journey.
~ from the interview
Chad McCullough is one of the many stellar musicians I interviewed for my next book The Practice of Practice. The Kickstarter campaign for the book is LIVE, through April 11, 2014. Get the book at a reduced price and help to bring it into the world. Learn more here.
Check out the interview with Seattle-based jazz and classical trumpeter Chad McCullough. Last year at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, Chad and I met and after a quick chat he agreed to talk with me about practice. Not only is Chad an excellent trumpet player, he’s also got piano chops, and this influences his trumpet playing. Listen to the podcast to learn his thoughts about trumpet playing and practice.
McCullough is about to leave Seattle to tour Belgium and attend a release party for his latest album, Imaginary Sketches (out 2-15-11), from Origin Records in the states, and De Werf in Europe. He’s a busy guy and has some other great stuff out, too, including an excellent album from The Kora Band, and he was generous enough to let me use a tune from their latest album to open the podcast.
The Kora is a West-African stringed instrument that has a great sound. Here’s a video clip of Kora master Toumani Diabaté in action. The clip that opens the interview is Over-caffeinated and Under-fed.
Chad has interesting things to share about practice and how he thinks about music that I found both interesting and useful. Hope you enjoy the interview. Have fun and good luck with your practice.
Important Books, Sheet Music, Gear, etc. from the Interview:
- Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music
- Gekker Articulation Studies
- Warm-ups and Studies, by James Stamp
- Flow Studies, by Vince Cichowicz (difficult to find, but try here, and here)
- Handheld Recording Devices: Edirol, Tascam DR-07 (just got one and will post a review in a bit…),
………..various other handheld recording devices
- Musical Calisthenics for Brass, by Carmine Caruso
- Haydn Concerto for Trumpet (sheet music (Bb version), recordings)
- Miles Davis Heim mouthpiece: links
- M/K Drawing: Trumpet slides
- Kanstul flugelhorn
Important Players/Music mentioned:
- Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz (Interview w/ Dizzy Gillespie can be found here)
- Lee Morgan (mp3/CD)
- Freddie Hubbard (mp3/CD)
- Woody Shaw (mp3/CD)
- Thad Jones (mp3/CD)
- Billy Strayhorn (mp3/CD)
- Fats Navarro (mp3/CD)
- Clifford Brown (mp3/CD)
- Bob McCurdy
- William Vacchiano
- Avishai Cohen (mp3/CD) [I just learned about Avishai’s music in this interview. It’s fantastic! Thanks, Chad…
- Thomas Marriott (mp3/CD)
- Geof Bradfield, saxophone (mp3/CD)
- Dave Douglas (mp3/CD)
- Dizzy Gillespie (mp3/CD) and Max Roach (mp3/CD) in concert (video)
- Clarence Penn, drummer with trumpeter Dave Douglas and many others (CD, mp3, more of his music here)
- U2, The Edge (mp3/CD)
The Usual Resources:
- Education is more important than Capitalism: I’ve given away well over 1 million free music book PDFs worldwide. Get your own free digital copy of
- …..Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- …..Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- …..Basic Jazz Theory, part 1
- The Practice of Practice: a blog on music practice.
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Other free printable practice aids
- Free trumpet video lessons (also here on my YouTube Channel) or in a “Pearl Tree” here
- Trumpet method books
- Buy a hard copy of Sound the Trumpet
- Buy a hard copy of Basic Music Theory
- Buy a hard copy of Basic Jazz Theory, Part 1
Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.
- Interview: Colin Oldberg, Principal Trumpet, HKSO (talkingtrumpet.wordpress.com)
- How to play the kora, Cuban-style (bbc.co.uk)