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...

November 16, 2018

Back in August, Brett Dean's Shout Section Big Band went into the studio for two grueling long hour recording sessions to produce what I believe to be the best recording project produced by the SSBB to date.  I highly recommend going to the link below and buying either...

November 9, 2018

Recently I have engaged in considerable discussion both online and on gigs about the impact of the mouthpiece and lead pipe when it comes to playing the extreme upper register. You can go back and re-read my blogs if you are interested in a more detailed discussion of...

October 28, 2018

Sometimes, in order to sort out a very complex system, we have to use some simpler physical models and extrapolate from them to get a picture of how the more complex system could work.

In playing a trumpet, the vibrating lips are the things driving the trumpet. A trumpe...

October 23, 2018

This is a mini blog. I'll be putting these up periodically. These are called my "closing files" and these are pieces that I will never have the chance to perform in public. I've included them in practice over the years, but my career didn't go in a direction such that...

October 22, 2018

I have another blog about pedals. Check the archives. This one is just a short post about the fingerings I use because I have changed them over the years.

OK, we all know the fingers down to low F#. From the F just below that (a non resonant note in any way) I tend to u...

October 15, 2018

I have done several blogs about how a trumpet works and I have quite a few videos about it as well. As a result of communications via these blogs and discussions I have had with other trumpeters on gigs, I decided to post this short blog about standing waves and variab...

October 3, 2018

This blog will be largely video. I'll draft a few notes to elaborate on what I say in the video. Also, near the end of the blog I have a reference linked regarding the work of Australian researchers on the matter of oral cavity and trumpet playing. 

I got the idea behin...

September 25, 2018

THIS post might be a little controversial, but I assure you, it is based in physics and collected data, data collected by the late great Arnold Jacobs, no less. However, there should really be no controversy, as, in the end, this is all about semantics and linguists us...

September 17, 2018

What follows are some notes I wrote for Jordan Hoffman during a recent FB PM exchange. I did some edits for the blog and I put them in italics, to be clear.

Jordan, I’ll do a blog about this later, so I’ll use Word to write you some notes on your question.

OK, in an extr...

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