Trumpet Lessons From Kenny Rampton, Trumpeter with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

The great Kenny Rampton goes through his warm-up, and outlines the structure of his practice. What I love most about these videos is that in a short amount of time they convey how deep Kenny has gone in his practice. Your path to deep study will be different, but will be equally valuable.

Check out Mr. Rampton ripping through a solo on the classic Dizzy Gillespie tune Manteca with the JLCO (if the vid doesn’t start at his solo, go to 8:45):

The structure Mr. Rampton talks about in the first video outlines almost exactly what is covered in both The Practice of Practice and Get Better Faster (the “Cliff notes” version of The Practice of Practice).  Here’s a diagram similar to the practice structure Kenny is talking about, taken from Get Better Faster (click to embiggen):

structure

and here are Mr. Rampton’s four excellent lessons on trumpet practice:

Play One Note For An Hour….

Victor Paz said to Kenny Rampton before he agreed to give Rampton a lesson: “play one note for an hour then call me.” Genius. All true learning requires a gatekeeper. You’ve got to earn knowledge. Glad Kenny gave us the details on that one.

Flexibility Exercises: Royal Garden Blues Solo Break; Articulation 

The Essential Topic: Range (also mouthpiece info and the importance of taking a break!) 

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