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April 4, 2019

This will be my final set of stream of consciousness notes from studying videos of high note trumpet artists in an effort to increase my range and reduce the amount of physical effort in my own high note trumpet work.

For personal reasons I want to develop my range from...

March 22, 2019

As with my previous two blog posts, I've been reviewing the plethora of great instructional videos on playing the trumpet's upper register. I've reviewed Lynn Nicholson's video and many videos by Zack Hall and Jim Manley. I would be more than remiss - I'd be undeniably...

March 16, 2019

Once again, I'm going to open with a disclaimer. These are my stream of consciousness notes from watching Jim Manley's videos and Zack Hall's videos. Both gentlemen are from St. Louis and I would call this the St. Louis school of high note trumpet playing. 

Th...

March 11, 2019

I have been SOOOO busy developing my new podcast, Duets From the Trenches: Musicians You Should Know, that I have gotten away from writing my blog. I wanted to write one this week. 

Note: Before I continue, I want to make this disclaimer. This is in NO WAY a CRITIQUE of...

February 12, 2019

This little blog post was triggered by a lengthy conversation with a reader of my blogs and follower of my videos after he read a text book, "Why You Hear What You Hear: An Experimental Approach to Sound, Music and Psychoacoustics," by Eric Heller. Dr. Heller and I act...

February 4, 2019

Folks, I am beginning the fund raising process for my first project for the VDPE Big Band. If you read the section on this group, you will see that I am totally self funded. I am a retired high school physics teacher, and while, due to the district I taught in, my pens...

February 2, 2019

Well, on Friday, 2/1/2019, I took some time in the evening after a long practice day to record the second movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. This is a single take.

As with the first movement and the soon to be done third movement, I am recording this music to keep...

January 29, 2019

I am gradually recording music that I love and would love to play live someday with an orchestra, but will not likely every have the opportunity to do so. The idea is to actually "perform" essentially a "live gig" but record  it. This is pretty much a single take on th...

January 22, 2019

It has been quite a while since I've written a blog. I've been busy with redoing my big band library, arranging for musicians to play my first big band rehearsal, preparing to be a band leader for the first time in decades (in a big way, that is), practicing and giggin...

December 22, 2018

Well, folks, I have NOT blogged in quite a while. I have  been VERY busy redoing my big band library and putting together a new performance book for the new Variable D Postulate Big Band. Yes, I will be fronting the band doing a bit of Doc meets Maynard thing, but I'll...

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