Trumpet lesson stuff...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by NickD, Feb 15, 2004.

  1. NickD

    NickD Forte User

    I have received a couple of emails recently that prompted this post. For those of you who already know about this, please forgive my redundancy.

    I have about seven files on my ampcast site intended as a sort of cyber lesson. In the middle of the list of 102+ sound files are several so-called "trumpet lectures" on the chops thing I do. The GSC blues is also part of that, but will not be moved down there until I finish adding the rhythm section to the GSC blues. I will also be adding new exercises that I do as the time permits me to sit down and record them.

    I will post periodically as I finish recording a new exercise, fwiiw.

    I MIGHT get one done today, but I can't guarantee it.

    See the url below the signature.

    Stay tuned.


  2. dbacon

    dbacon Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    Thanks Nick! Your stuff is always interesting, advances several new concepts!!
  3. W Scott

    W Scott Piano User

    Dec 8, 2003
    Carson City, NV.
    Wow! :D

    I couldn't find the lesson, but folks, you really owe it to yourself to check out Nicks' site!

    Check out 'More Neutrons Please'...........that one just blows me away. You need to be cutting albums and leaving the high school physics to someone else!

  4. rdt1959

    rdt1959 Pianissimo User

    Oct 31, 2003
    I started check that site out last night.


    My personal favorite so far was Dr. Funkenstein's Trumpets.
    (My apologies if I have that title wrong. I am at work, and don't have the site open right now.)

    Will be checking out the rest of the site in the evenings to come.

  5. lonelyangel

    lonelyangel Pianissimo User

    Nov 8, 2003
    false scales

    Hi Nick, great to have you posting here. I really like the lessons on your site - very interesting stuff.

    I particularly enjoyed the false scales lesson. That is something which i have been doing myself for a while now although not in exactly the same way. I tried your ideas out this afternoon and i liked it - gives me food for thought.

    When I am playing the false scales I do it much more slowly and I aim to get as full a trumpet sound as I can on the non resonant notes - so that you come as close to the sound as a regularly fingered scale as possible.

    This is an exersize I worked out for myself by experimenting and I find playing in this way to be an excellent work out for stamina and strength and air support. I think I was introduced to these concepts by a player who specialised in natural trumpet where the ability to play full bodied false notes is an essential part of the discipline required for performance. Also you will find in Allen Vizzutti's method that he recommends playing false notes as part of the curriculum for mastering the control over your aperture and lip muscles necessary to play in the upper register.

    By the way I totally agree with what you say about trumpet playing being primarily a skill based activity rather than a strength based discipline. However I am pretty sure that you and I are both taking that view from the position of players who do have the luxury of pretty strong chops.
    I always emphasise the need for precision and lightness of touch - brain rather than braun as Larry so excellently put it but I think there is a case for devoting some time in building and maintaining a certain degree of strength or muscle tone in the facial muscles. I like to think of a gymnastic physique rather than the muscle bound body of a weight lifter as an analogy.

    I haven't yet had time to delve in to your catalogue of original compositions and repertoire performances - but I look forward to doing so later tonight.

    All the best. Noel.
  6. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 30, 2003
    Manchester / London
    Thanks for the link Nick! I had a listen to the Arban study no.2 yesterday, because I was playing it an audition today, and I hadn't heard anyone else play it - so that was very useful, thanks.
  7. NickD

    NickD Forte User

    Whoaaaa! Sorry all!

    I should have at least acknowledged your posts, but I'm afraid I haven't checked back to my original till just now. Sorry about that. I don't mean to be distant, but I sorta have to lurk during the school year.

    Thanks for all of your kind words. Given the evident level of knowledge and talent I can sense on this forum, I am EXTREMELy grateful! :-)



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