The challenge was to select an Irish song, practice it on the trumpet (in about 10 days), and then perform that prepared song for St. Patrick’s Day. Those who joined the Challenge were able to get some specific training on rhythm and phrasing, and the final results were quite musical!
Miles Davis is a genius on many levels, and certainly unique in his style of trumpet performance.. That question, ‘What makes Miles Miles?’ is one that I never get tired of pursuing, but let’s limit this post to just one aspect of his characteristic sound. While his style evolved of his career, Miles’s sound is characterized […]
In working with my beginning trumpet students, there are two issues we commonly address regarding practice. The first is “how often/long should one practice?” The other is, “what happens during trumpet practice sessions?” I recently held a live online session to talk about developing an effective trumpet practice strategy. Scroll to the bottom for the replay […]
Here’s a clip from a Hiroshima elementary school Band Festival. These young kids play with the tone, intonation, and even choreography of many high school bands. It certainly appears they’ve had instruction on how to play the trumpet and other brass and percussion instruments. Asian educational systems are commonly very demanding of perfection, as is […]
One of the events that brings out some great trumpet playing in the US is the National Trumpet Competition. It invites the best players, and includes divisions for Jr. High, High School, Undergrad, and Graduate level players, in addition to ensemble and jazz divisions. There’s even a division for “comeback trumpet players” over 28 […]
Becki Ronen, Miss Kansas and contestant in the upcoming Miss America pageant will be relying on her trumpet to help her win the coveted title. As reported by The Hutchison News, Miss Ronen is doing the pageant campaign, traveling, and giving clinics teaching music students how to play the trumpet. “Truly, my passion is music, […]