New Trumpet Book – One Range
I made the mistake of mentioning on facebook, many months ago, that I was in the process of writing a new book. I said that I had hoped to have it done by the end of the summer. Here we are going into December and the book is only now ready to finalize and publish. I tried approaching the writing process differently from what I normally do and the first few drafts were a disaster.
Now the problem is that this is the busiest time of the year. If we get it released before January, it will be wonderful, but I’m expecting it to be released closer to January 15th next year.
A Trumpet Chops Strategy Guide
The book is precisely what it says in the title. It is a guide to help you expand your upper-register in a way that keeps all of your notes connected. The result is a One Range feel where there isn’t really an upper-register or lower-register. The process and the mechanics are consistent throughout all of your notes.
I wrote the One Range book to be a strategy guide to my routine books. It lays out precisely the best way to use my books.
This has become important because we have so many routine books now. There are the original routines from the Daily Routines book, the Chops Express book, and now the Trumpet Chops series of seven books. Book three from the Trumpet Chops series will also be released soon. Keep your eye open for Trumpet Chops Player which I hope to also release in the next six weeks…God willing!
To gain the greatest benefits from those books, they must be practiced a certain way and within a particular context. One Range spells it all out in a very detailed, step by step manner.
A Different Schedule This December
I am always busy, so I will not say that December is busier than usual. But my performance schedule is almost back to normal again. We had a rough few years, just Houston in general, for gigging musicians. Everyone I’ve spoken to has had a rough time making ends meet. But this December seems to have almost as many performances as what I would consider “normal”.
The good news for the book projects is that I have breaks between teaching and gigs when there is nothing else to do. During those times, I will be away from home and won’t be able to practice, write arrangements or compose. So I will have time to work on websites and and book projects.
That’s what I’m doing now. I am writing to you from the Houston Public Library, down the street from H.S.P.V.A. I am helping the jazz band at H.S.P.V.A. tonight and didn’t want to drive home between the rehearsal and the performance.
Ha! I used to do this at Starbucks, but I’ve kicked that habit.
So yeah, I’ll be visiting public libraries all across the city in the next few weeks. So I’m sure I’ll be posting more on this blog during that time.
Writing Charts for People
I am also writing arrangements for various groups right now. The project I’m enjoying most is for a trumpet player in the Faroe Isands. This is the second year he hired me to write the horn parts for their special Christmas concert. I love their choice of music and I particularly enjoy working with Olavur, my client for that project. He has been so easy to work with and he enjoys my writing.
Praising God for His Provision
I am grateful for the performance work. I am grateful for clients who like my writing enough to pay my rates. I am grateful for my students who have been some of the best people I’ve ever worked with.
I am also extremely grateful for my wife, Pearl, who is my “help-meet”. We have a traditional marriage and spend all of our time together, usually – except in December. 🙂 She does so much to help me be the best at what I do that it would be impossible to share all of that with you.
I guess I’m sort of rambling because I’m sitting here and didn’t really have a plan for what I was going to write for you today. I’m just sharing my thoughts. We won’t have a real break for a few weeks and today is the day that I am trying to get my mind set for the work that lays ahead.
So there you are, two new books on the way, more than my fair share of performances, great chart writing opportunities, dedicated students, dedicated wife….I’m a blessed man.