The Physical Trumpet Pyramid
The Physical Trumpet Pyramid is a method I developed in the mid 1980’s. It is the concept behind my Daily Routines and Chops Express books and the foundation for the physical side of my trumpet teaching. Interestingly, the original edition of The Physical Trumpet Pyramid was a flop (compared to what I had intended) and a key factor in motivating me to write more. Daily Routines was written only a year later and all the other books followed.
In 2008 we decided the pyramid book was an important part of our catalogue and we wrote the third edition. It is important to believe in what you sell and we believe in this third edition. It rings true, more so than the previous editions ever did.
The concept is a simple one. In the book, I refrain from explaining what to do with your lips, etc. Instead, I focus on how you should practice. In that way, the Physical Trumpet Pyramid book tells you how and why to practice a certain way, then the Daily Routines and Chops Express books give you the actual material to practice.
Some friends refer to the Physical Trumpet Pyramid as the teacher’s guide. Yes, I do recommend that all the teachers who teach out of the Daily Routines book should buy and learn the material in this book, but other people have benefited from the pyramid book as well. This is especially true for people who are self taught.
The Physical Trumpet Pyramid is available at our Tiger Music site and also at Lulu.com.