Trumpet How-To: 4th Edition Is #1 New Release on Amazon (+free video lessons)

I’m super excited to announce a new edition of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn. The book is frequently a #1 best-seller in its category, and 2 days after publication it’s the #1 New Release in Trumpets and Cornets on Amazon.com. The book has been completely overhauled, updated with new content, way better graphics and a cleaner design. But … More Trumpet How-To: 4th Edition Is #1 New Release on Amazon (+free video lessons)

Maynard’s Pistol-grip

Maynard needs little introduction. Tireless educator, and high-note wizard. He uses what’s called the “pistol-grip” (for obvious reasons) to hold his trumpet. Check him and his band out in this 1969 viddo of Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train. … More Maynard’s Pistol-grip

12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some serious jazz with Art Blakey. Check out Wynton’s discography for more evidence of his skill and artistry. That’s what tens of thousands of hours of practice sounds like. Check out his 12 … More 12 Rules of Practice: Wynton Marsalis

Duke Ellington, The Wise Musician, and Cootie Williams

I love this man’s music. And last February, after hearing a smoking middle school septet (yes, I wrote that correctly) do a superb version of Duke’s Black and Tan Fantasy, I think it’s safe to say Duke’s music will be a long-lasting legacy.

Here’s a vid, a short bio on the man. The gem comes around 2:40. “Every musician in the world has some limitation. There is no musician in the world who has no limitation…. But, the wise players are those who play what they can master.” Below that is a vid of Duke’s tune, Concerto for Cootie, written for trumpeter Cootie Williams. … More Duke Ellington, The Wise Musician, and Cootie Williams

Interview: Ingrid Jensen on Practice

Really get it together as it’s supposed to go, but also explore with it; take it down the road, take it for a walk around the block, climb to the top of a building and come back down with it, and then come back and play it exactly as it’s supposed to be as well.

There is no end point. The more you learn, the more that you find out there is to learn.

~Ingrid Jensen, Jazz trumpeter. Excerpt from the interview with her on music practice. … More Interview: Ingrid Jensen on Practice