Category Archives: Trumpet Lessons

The Second “DU Trumpet Hang” (2013)

At the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music 2344 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80208 Saturday, April 27th, from 10 AM-5:00 PM Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Orchestra Room 130 featuring:  Al Hood, Brad Goode, Bob Montgomery, Justin … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Trumpet Mouthpieces: What’s Best For You?

Have you ever looked at a mouthpiece catalog and read those short descriptions of what each mouthpiece was designed for? Much of that reading shows how a manufacturer addresses the symptomatic problems many players have stemming from poor fundamentals (“…for players … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Motivic Cells

Motivic cells are a great way of adding structure and continuity to a composition or improvised solo, and to help avoid some of the cliches that spring from arpeggio or scale based patterns (for more info, click on the links … Continue reading

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Using Pain to Increase Awareness

Who would have thought that hernia surgery would have given me new insights into playing the trumpet more efficiently?  Although I had not experienced pain when playing the horn before the procedure, the post surgery experience was an entirely different … Continue reading

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Great Work Kaley!

This post is a little overdue, since it was a couple of weeks ago middle school student Kaley made a huge leap forward with her trumpet and music making playing skills.  She has always been a hard worker (having been … Continue reading

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The Importance of Having a Mentor in Music

Today the internet has put an incredible amount of information at our fingertips (and also a vast amount of misinformation).  If you want to know more about any subject, or just an answer to a single question, you Google it. … Continue reading

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Congratulations Alex!

It’s always great to hear good news, especially when it comes as a result of one’s own hard work. The good news that Alex recently shared with me was that he had just been named first chair in his middle … Continue reading

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New iPad for Teaching!

I’m very excited to announce the acquisition of a new iPad for my teaching practice!…and many thanks to my family (namely my dad) for this wonderful surprise. Although I have seen great results with the new video recorder and monitor … Continue reading

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Marching Band Survival Skills for Trumpet Players

During this time of the year, most trumpet players in marching bands are spending a majority of their time playing fortissimo, and using a higher than average amount of mouthpiece pressure (especially on the top lip).  This can lead to … Continue reading

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Bb Trumpet Fingering Chart and Overtone Series

Click here for a printable PDF file:  Bb Trumpet Fingerings and Overtone SeriesThis fingering chart for Bb Trumpet has these features: the seven overtone series shown in seven vertical columns, based on the Seven Positions (the number of horn lengths using … Continue reading

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