"Must Read" books???

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jcstites, May 30, 2006.

  1. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 1, 2005
    Tallahassee, FL
    I have read a few books about music and performing and wonder what else is out there.

    I have -

    Inner Game of Music
    Mastery of Music
    Joy of Music
    Song and Wind
    Performance Success
    Fight Your Fear and Win

    What else should be on a "must read" for musicians list?
  2. loweredsixth

    loweredsixth Pianissimo User

    Mar 11, 2005
    Fresno, California, USA
    Wynton Marsalis' "To A Young Jazz Musician."

    It contains some very deep, philosophical discussions about music, art, and our generation's role in producing good music. Of course it talks about jazz, but I think the arguments are applicable to any area of music.
  3. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

    Aug 11, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

    Art and Fear Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

    The Performer Prepares by Robert Caldwell

    The Art of Practicing : A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser

    The Musical Temperament by Anthony E. Kemp Psychology and Personality of Musicians

    At the Actor's Studio (Tape-recorded sessions transcribed) - Lee Strasberg
  4. KMT

    KMT Pianissimo User

    Nov 23, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Note Grouping - James Morgan Thurmond
  5. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    Monettes On Ice (Playing Hot Music In A Sub-Zero Setting) by M Laureano

    Well it should be...

  6. cornetguy

    cornetguy Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 12, 2005
    Saint Paul, MN
    maybe more trumpet oriented then music oriented in general

    The Art of Trumpet Playing Keith Johnson
    The Art of Brass Playing Phillip Farkas
    Brass Playing is No Harder Then Deep Breathing Claude Gordon
    Notes from the Green Room Meyer

    I second

    A Soprano on Her Head
    The Inner Game of Music
    The Mastery of Music
    Note Grouping
  7. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

    Sep 26, 2004
    Halifax, NS CANADA
    I am about to order the book "The Science of Breath". I was reading up on Bobby Shew the other day and discovered that he had a discussion with Maynard about this book and how it helped both of them.

    The book is by Rudolph Ballentine, Alan Hymes, Rama

  8. RG111

    RG111 Piano User

    Nov 12, 2003
    For me, the most important trumpet related book I own is Luis Lubriels book on the teachings of Arnold Jacobs.
  9. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Forte User

    Oct 11, 2004
    Farnham (a place too smal
    Trumpet related

    The Trumpet - Ed Tarr
    Gave me a great insight into the history of the trumpet, meant that I started listening to different things when hearing pieces and I found that I apporoached pieces differently.

    The Trumpet - Howard Snell
    Masses of insights into how this instrument should be played/taught.

    The Trumpet & Kettledrummer's Art - Johann Ernst Altenberg
    Incredible book - amazing how little has changed in how things are taught. It certainly made me think about what I do when I am in front of a student.

    A Cornet-Playing Pilgrim's Progress - Herbert L. Clarke
    The story behind the man, in his own words - absolutely fascinating

    Magnificent Mendez - Dr Jane W. Hickman & Dr Del Lyren
    Again - a great story behind the man

    The Memoirs of Timofei Dokschizer
    And another one.

    PPP - Preparation Practice Perform - Dr Roger Webster
    A great book that goes beyond the normal "what does one perform" and focuses on the psychology of performance
  10. Johntpt

    Johntpt Pianissimo User

    Feb 11, 2004
    Toluca, Mexico
    I'll second the recommendation of Snell's "The Trumpet". Unfortunately this book is not widely known on this side of the pond, but if I could keep only one trumpet related book this would definitely be it. Snell is such is clear-headed thinker in terms of every aspect of trumpet performance and pedagogy, and presents every topic in a new and fresh light. His insights into preparation and dealing with nerves completely changed the way I prepare for performances.


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