Technique

What’s the Deal with Transcribing Jazz?

Outside of practicing your butt off, aspiring jazz musicians are told two things will also help their improvising; listening to great jazz players and transcribing their solos.  I do not disagree with this.  After all, jazz is a language and to understand it we must not only study the grammar...

Ray Mase on Practicing

Ray Mase is one of my absolute, all-time favorite trumpet players.  He plays in the American Brass Quintet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and teaches at Julliard Aspen Music Festival.  He has the most singing, vibrant, lyrical tone I have ever heard on the trumpet and is a huge influence on my...

Recital Programming

Most universities require that their music majors perform a half recital (20-30 min) their junior year and a full recital (45+ min) their senior year.  Here are some thoughts and strategies I have on programming. Programming Strategy Your first recital can be a nervous endeavor.  Like many of us, when...

Scales are Neighborhoods

This is my mantra with my private and university students.  (Actually, one of my many mantras.)  Another favorite is: Scales are Useless!  -until they’re memorized. My problem with typical scale work is that everybody practices them the same way.  (Click the scale images to enlarge them.  Then, your “back” button...

Ornamentation

One of the things I find myself discussing often with students is how to make a trill, or general ornamentation guidelines.  It’s actually pretty involved, aside from the part about making a finger go up and down… First a little historical (hysterical) context: The Quantz View Noted musicologist Johann Joachim...

Practice Routine Pie Chart

As we get older and (hopefully!) develop musically it seems that the demands on our time and playing increase exponentially.  There never seems to be enough time in the day for everything that I want/need to work on.  Coming up with a method of organizing my practice time has helped...

Warm-Up Routine Pt. 4

Part IV Musicality This subject is too often overlooked or brushed-over by students.  It seems that once a player learns all the right notes and rhythms the objective is complete.  In my opinion, this is now the beginning!  In our world of fast food and computers people expect results too quickly;...

Warm-Up Routine Pt. 3

Part III Technique Part three of my routine comprises quite a large area of information but it is all related to developing right hand technique and coordinating the right hand with articulation.  In keeping with the idea of focusing on a minimum number of variables, limit the range of these exercises...

Warm-Up Routine Part 2

The article that follows was something that was published in an International Trumpet Guild Journal a number of years ago. Part II Strength-Flexibility The body consists of muscles that work in primarily two contexts.  Slow-twitch muscles are used for activities that require a great deal of strength, and the Fast-twitch muscles...

Scale Study from an Educators Perspective

Why Do I Need to Practice Scales? The Value of Tonal Literacy This article was written from a music educators point of view.  It was written by Thomas West and appears on his website here.  He has graciously allowed me to reprint it here on AllThingsTrumpet.com for you.  Enjoy! Posted...