stuff / links
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
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
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.
Clyde Hunt's site for those of you in search of a seven octave
range. Answers to all your questions about practicing and playing
Rune Aleksandersen's excellent site has lots of good info on practicing
and even instructional videos.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A great directory of sites about famous trumpet players.
page of trumpet links.
the vanilla book
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
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
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).
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.