My clinics in El Salvador

One would think that if doing an all-day clinic for brass, you might run out of things to say. Not so! I actually ran out of time, not material. Kudos to my interpreters, Sulien, Margaret, and Rebeca. As I am back now in the chilly spring U.S., as always I loved my time in El…

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Remote from San Salvador

Currently in San Salvador doing a concert and brass clinics. Beautifully warm weather. I spent a full day yesterday with some of Awesome young brass players. We spent the day covering the seven steps of brass playing, and talked about proper warm-up technique. We also played the St Anthony’s Chorale. Great day with these guys…

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Check out the new edition of GloryHorn Podcast

Episode Two – “Special K” – 21:17 “Special K” interview (4:04) - I talk with my friend, James Mercer, about his use of the “K” syllable in practice and how it was so beneficial. “Adam Hats” (1:03)  Vintage Commercial “How I Became a Cornettist” (4:50)  reading from Herbert Clarkes autobiography. “Packing for a class” (6:44) - About El Salvador:…

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Dazzling Shiny Horns

Polishing my silver trumpets is a task that I enjoy – if I have made the time. I find the best polish for silver, is…car wax. That’s right, it is ubiquitous, cheap, and effective. Just wet a rag, rub it on, dry rag – buff it off. Do several coats to keep the luster longer…

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Lesson Twelve thoughts

As I am nearing the end of the week for Lesson Twelve, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The first two parts really have allowed me to stretch out my tessitura and explore the nether-regions of the extremities of range. I truly believe that more players would have extended range if they would simply taken the…

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Getting Ready to Teach a Clinic

In two and a half weeks, I will be getting to do a brass clinic in the country of El Salvador. There will be playing opportunities, and a large concert, but my big concern is what to take to minimize my packing, but to maximize my trip. I will put this question to the trumpetmaster.com…

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Exploring Double Pedals

It is funny, as I am on Lesson Eleven of the Systematic Approach to Daily Practice. I find myself hotly pursuing quality of pedal tone playing, even more than playing a Double High “C”. Truth be told, I can probably count on a C on top, quicker than I can count on a “C” on…

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Lesson Eleven – Thoughts

I have been tackling Lesson Eleven, I have to say plowing through the Clarke book has been amazingly eye-opening for me. The long-tones in Eleven are going well across the range of the instrument, however I am enjoying the challenge. Chromaticism is starting to be the topic in this part of Claude Gordon. One must…

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Trumpet slang

On trumpetmaster.com, there was a great list offered by Seth F. of obscure trumpet terminology. Enjoy! Air-ball = failure to create lip vibration when striking a note, resulting in air flow with no sound. Aperture = ‘tunnel’ of variable length and diameter formed by embouchure for exhalation and pertinent vibrations. Armstrong = high range technique based primarily on…

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