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During my first life as a trumpet player, practice to me meant long tones, lip slurs and exercises from my trusty Arban book. That and just playing, lots of playing. Then one day I stopped, put my horn away and didn't pick it up again for more than 35 years. By the time I started my comeback the internet had arrived and so I did the obvious I googled and quickly discovered lip buzzing, mouthpiece buzzing, pedal tones, the "characteristic studies" of Herbert L Clarke and a host of other helpful and fascinating things. Without the internet I probably wouldn't have made it through the first six months of my comeback.

The links listed on this page contain an incredible mass of trumpet information, some of it useful, some of it interesting, a lot of it conflicting. What works for me may not work for you but that's pretty much true of everything in life.

how to be a better player

Jeanne Pocius
A section of O.J.'s site devoted to Boston-based player and teacher Jeanne Pocius. I learned about "elephant farts" here and lots of other good stuff. I do her recommended warmup every day.

trumpet topics
A site about playing and practicing, from Bryan Goff, Professor of Trumpet at Florida State University. Tips and exercises.

O.J.'s trumpet page
Great site: articles, reviews, interviews, exercises, links to practice suggestions from Arban, Clarke, Claude Gordon, Pops McLaughlin and Jeanne Pocius.

ask Clyde
Clyde Hunt's site for those of you in search of a seven octave range. Answers to all your questions about practicing and playing the trumpet.

trumpet think
Rune Aleksandersen's excellent site has lots of good info on practicing and even instructional videos.


trumpet stuff

Features pictures, links and audio and video clips of some of the best trumpet players (audio and video clips are now back up and working).

trumpet gearhead
Jim Donaldson's answers to a few frequently (or at least occasionally) asked questions, including how to make a practice mute out of a Renuzit air freshener.

brass resources
Huge page of trumpet links.

jazz trumpet solos
Partial transcriptions of jazz trumpet solos with audio. You also can print 8-, 10- and 14-staff manuscript paper from the site.

jazz trumpet transcriptions
Bios and pdf transcriptions of lots of jazz players, many with matching midi files.

free scores
Lots of trumpet pdf downloads: Arban, Bordogni, Schubert, Ortiz, Handel, Haydn, Telemann, etc. Also good source of etudes and studies.

trumpet geeks international
A walk on the light side.

rich szabo site
A great directory of sites about famous trumpet players.


Another page of trumpet links.

the vanilla book

An online fakebook of jazz standards with simple chord changes.



Dave Monette's trumpets are obscenely expensive and you have to wait a year or more for delivery but lots of great players say they're the best in the world.

New York trumpet company
Sellers of custom trumpets, including Stage 1, Eclipse, Phaeton, Taylor, Possegger, Spiri, Amrein, BSC, Stomvi, Fides and Weril. I bought my Phaeton from them. They also sell used horns.

the Brass Bow music company
Wayne Tanabe's Chicago repair shop is the place to have your horn fixed, cleaned and, if you're into it, cryogenically frozen to improve resonance. They also sell their own line of highly acclaimed custom trumpets under the name Chicago Brass Works (CBW).

Dillon music
New Jersey music store with large new and used trumpet selection and all the accessories you'll ever need. Good place to find and compare specs of the latest horns by Bach, Benge, Besson, Conn, Getzen, Holton, Kanstul, King, Lawler, Schilke and Yamaha.