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)

If “Giant Steps” Was Played in NOLA (2nd-Line Style): Scotty Barnhart

Here’s the great Scotty Barnhart doing a sweet arrangement of Coltrane’s Giant Steps, in New Orleans 2nd Line style. it’s on the album, Say It Plain. Barnhart recently did a Feldenkreis session and talks about how it helps his playing. If you don’t know what it is, check out Scotty B.’s Facebook page where there is video of him … More If “Giant Steps” Was Played in NOLA (2nd-Line Style): Scotty Barnhart

How Does Posture Affect Your Sound?

Posture is vital not only to a good sound, but will also help you avoid injury. Jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen gives a superb lesson about posture, why it matters, and how to do it. Ingrid spoke with me about practice for my latest book, The Practice of Practice. You can hear her interview about practice here. Listen an learn from Ingrid in the video below: … More How Does Posture Affect Your Sound?

Beginning Trumpet Lessons: Video Roundup

Whether you’re 11 and just starting, or a bit older and rediscovering your horn, check out the videos below, or check out the newly organized YouTube channels I’ve created on Trumpet for Beginners, Trumpet Lessons, Trumpet Maintenance, Trumpet Mutes, Trumpet Sound Effects, and Scales for Trumpeters. And even if I do say it myself, the very best book … More Beginning Trumpet Lessons: Video Roundup

Learn Tainted Love: Trumpet + Plunger + Guitar

Here’s a short lesson I did for the tune Tainted Love. Written by former Four Preps crooner Ed Cobb, it was first recorded in 1964 by Gloria Jones (link), who did the best version, in my opinion. The tune was made famous by Soft Cell in 1981 (link). Marilyn Manson also did a pretty cool cover of the tune (link). I learned the tune from Gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan (listen). … More Learn Tainted Love: Trumpet + Plunger + Guitar

Practicing Performance: How to Beat Stage Fright

Most professional musicians I’ve spoken with about practice believe that the performance is one of many forms of practice. Some use performance specifically as their only practice. For those who practice alone or are shy, a good performance requires skills that aren’t honed in the practice room. You’ve got to just get out there, do it, and learn from it. This fun TED talk by Joe Kowan is a perfect example of practicing performance, and using creativity to enhance practice. … More Practicing Performance: How to Beat Stage Fright

“Birk’s Works” on SoundSlice

SoundSlice is a fantastically useful tool geared towards guitarists, but it’s useful for anybody who learns by watching video. Adrian’s done many cool things as a programmer (check his site), and has an album out of his most popular fingerstyle tunes here, most of which you can also find on SoundSlice, like the Beatles tune, Yesterday. Check out the link to Yesterday for a good example of how the site works. … More “Birk’s Works” on SoundSlice

12 Rules of Practice, from Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is a musician who 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.

Here are 12 practice suggestions from Master Marsalis. Each one could be the subject of a book on its own. … More 12 Rules of Practice, from Wynton Marsalis