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)

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

How to Play Like You’re Saying Something

The way many of us learn how to play an instrument in school is completely backwards. The way we often teach kids to play an instrument in school is like learning to speak by first tackling the vocabulary, the spelling, the grammar, and the mechanics of speech. That’s not how we learn to speak, is it? Would it be better instead to allow kids a few years to just explore the sounds and possibilities of the instruments, like babies do when they learn to speak? Here’s a beautiful video example of 4 musicians saying something meaningful: … More How to Play Like You’re Saying Something

Phil Smith: Trumpet Whisperer

Congratulations to Phil Smith, long-time principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, retiring after 36 years of awesome trumpet playing. Lots of videos both funny and beautiful below. There was a sendoff concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. It looks as though the NY Phil (pun intended) will be uploading recordings of the concert here. As I write, the files aren’t uploaded yet, but fingers crossed! In the meantime, check out the vids below:
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