I know this seems last minute and many of you won’t get this in time. That’s my fault. I am in the process of figuring out how all this works. I didn’t know I could post a video BEFORE it’s even made. Wow. The wonders of modern technology.
This is our first attempt to do a live Question and Answer session on YouTube. I don’t know where this is going to take us, but it’s time.
Here’s one of my most recent duets. This not to be confused with the Unadorned Trumpet Hymn series. The objective of that series is to present the hymns in their purest form with no ornamentation. This duet is probably going to be part of a series as well, but it hasn’t been formalized yet.
I woke up this morning with a notice that we had sold a copy of this composition. This is a very good sign. The bigger more advanced pieces are far more difficult to sell because the market for them is so very small. There are very few large trumpet ensembles in existence. This composition is for twelve trumpets, a very rare ensemble.
The composition is also relatively high in terms of difficulty level. It is always easier to sell music for smaller ensembles. It’s not a coincidence that my best selling compositions and arrangements have been duets!
So yeah, it’s nice to wake up in the morning and see that someone bought this composition. I rarely know if the music people are buying ever gets performed or recorded, but getting the music sold is always the very first step in making that happen!
Hey everyone, I just got word that I’m going to be on this gig. I’m really looking forward to it. I greatly enjoy the “oldies” gigs. They remind me of my father, who loved this music. I grew up listening to these bands because of him.
I think I’ve played this series before, at the Stafford Center. Last time I did one of these, I was one of the horn players for the Grass Roots. Fun gig. I’m sure this one will be fun, too.
Here’s another trumpet tutorial video. We had a request from one of our subscribers and this is the final result. I may have written a blog about this in the past. It wasn’t long ago that I preferred writing blogs over making videos. That changed after the first 200 videos.
Anyway, sorry about the duplicated content if this is already on the blog.
Here’s my latest trumpet lesson, tutorial video. This one is about how to become a great trumpet player. Of course, the same philosophy applies to any musician, but it’s a trumpet channel, so I primarily address trumpet players in the video.
The basic concept is that you choose how good your performances are going to be when you choose to move on. If you are following a proven practice technique or procedure, when you decide that the part you are working on is good enough to move on to the next part, then that is when you decide how good your performance is going to be.
So, I guess I haven’t written about this here yet, but I recently released a play-along series on YouTube where you get to play first trumpet parts to some of my original compositions (and arrangements). Today I published the play-along for my trumpet quartet titled No Concession Blues.
The series is called You Play First Chair and it has taken off better than I had expected. I am hoping people will enjoy this as a way to sight read and just spend time having fun on their trumpets.
Please let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions.