Becoming a Great Trumpet Player. You Get to Choose!

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.

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New Trumpet Play-Along: No Concession Blues

No Concession Blues – Trumpet Play-Along

Hello Everyone,

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.



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New Free Improvisation

Bebopical Consequences

This video is number 45 in my free improvisation series. It has a little more of a jazz flavor than some of the other improvisations I’ve done lately. Not sure why that has been happening. But that’s the nature of free improvisation, right? You go where the music takes you.

I’ve been enjoying making these improvisation videos. I’ve been doing free improvisations for over forty years now. Doing them on videos, quasi live, this has been a blast. Really! I’ve been telling people that the free improvisations have been the most rewarding playing I’ve done in the past couple years. And I don’t mean that as an insult to anyone I work with. 🙂 Not at all. It’s just that no other performance context is so honest and real as when you sit down and just spill your guts on the camera… so to speak.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy watching/listening as much as I enjoy making the videos.

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When You Walk In The Forest

When You Walk In The Forest

This is number 31 in my free improv video series. This one is a bit different from the others in that it is more conservative in more easily listenable. It has sort of an Irish lilt to it, but to me, it is actually very classical sounding.

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200 Video Milestone

200 YouTube Videos Posted!

This video, Why Lip Buzz? is our 200th video on our YouTube channel. We have been publishing more videos lately. Most of them are music videos. There are three categories of music videos we are posting; product videos, performance videos (mostly my free improv stuff) and the weekly hymns. But there is a fourth category of videos we’ve been trying to post weekly, and that’s the instructional videos. This Why Lip Buzz? video is from that series.

Evergreen Tales

Aside from just trumpet videos, Pearl and I are also working as a team to produce read-along and story videos. If you want to hear a South African accent reading children stories, Afrikaans poetry and some cautionary tales, please visit our Evergreen Tales channel. We are low on subscribers on that channel, and we would love it if you helped us out by subscribing!

Here is our latest from that channel:

I hope you enjoy these videos. If you have any requests for videos from either one of our channels, please feel free to ask.

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Congratulations Osvaldo T.

Congratulations Osvaldo

We want to congratulate Osvaldo T. for getting a first division on his solo at Solo and Ensemble Contest. Osvaldo is one of our newest students but he is making a lot of progress.

Congratulations Osvaldo. Keep up the good work.

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5 Reasons You Need Trumpet Lessons

Why Should You Take Trumpet Lessons?

In this video, I give you five reasons why you should take lessons if you are serious about becoming a trumpet player.

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