Trumpet Discussion Discuss The "Project" is done: Arnold Jacobs to go, please in the General forums; I've ordered the book (from overseas, thanks to PayPal) and hopefully it is on it's way "over the pond".
I've ordered the book (from overseas, thanks to PayPal) and hopefully it is on it's way "over the pond".
When Brian's book, "Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind", arrived, I ordered it and liked it very much. So I asked Brian for an interview (via emial of course since I'm in Norway). He said ok - and you can still read the interview from my trumpet page:
Then some years later when Kristian Steenstrup wrote a book, I contacted him and he told me to get the english version. I did. Then after reading it, I asked Kristian for an interview. Ok' he said:
Now, even before I have read this new book, I've asked Louis for an interview
and he has said OK.
I'll tell you when I have it up on my webpage. Btw, it will be placed in my Interview section at:
I am really looking forward to receiving my copy next week. In lieu of this, I pulled out my copy of "The Legacy of a Master" and thought I would read it again. I was lucky enough to attend one of Mr. Jacobs' last master classes at the IWBC in 1993. While there I had he and Susan Slaughter both sign the book. I honestly had forgotten about getting this signed by them. When I opened the cover, it all came back to me and brought a huge smile to my face. Cool, huh?
I remember that master class lasting about three hours or more and it was filled to the gills with eager ears and eyes. I was so lucky. I soaked up every word like a sponge.
I'm really looking forward to really getting into this book this summer. I've skimmed through it and what I've read is really excellent, although I think it's going to take me a while to really sit down and apply it to my own playing. But that's what summer is for, right?
I got my copy yesterday, and it was so much more than I was expecting!!!
I know that I will be re-reading it for years.
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Re: The "Project" is done: Arnold Jacobs to go, pl
[quote="Manny Laureano"]I've been offering teasers about a few "projects" I've been involved in and am finally ready to 'fess up.
Last year an old student and colleague of mine, Luis Loubriel, came for a visit and was eager to show me the result of ten years wrth of research to complete his doctoral requirements. I was breathless when he showed me what it was.
You all know by now that I have always had great regards for the life work of Arnold Jacobs as an artist and as the greatest pedagogue of wind playing ever. His walk matched his talk up until the day he slipped away into history. Well, Luis, having lived in Chicago as a student and then moving back there later to work shared my same enthusiasm. So, he set to the task of putting together a thesis that would be a compendium of imformation that is thus far unparalleled, in my experience.
Imagine a book that contains the following:
a complete discussion regarding the state of the art of brass teaching and the vast mythologies that accompanied it up until about 1945
a complete discussion regarding the research AJ did to find the bio-mechanics of repiratory function during wind-playing
a complete discussion regarding how to reduce that vast research to simple commands that let one play artistically
a technical discussion which shows how students learn and expand their learning through the various processes of consistent practice
page after page of transripted material from AJ's clinics and masterclasses
transcriptions of lessons with a variety of trumpet students and paths to help sove problems they brought to Jacobs
interviews with John Cvejanovich, Vince Cichowicz, Ron Hasselman, Will Scarlett, and myself regarding our experiences with Jacobs as a performer and teacher, why we went to Jacobs in the first place and how he changed our playing
I was absolutely knocked out by the sheer amount of information Luis had put together. After digesting it all I said to him "There's NO WAY that this should remain on some shelf unread by the trumpet-playing public. The information here is too valuable." On the spot I offered to edit the dissertation to make it more accessible to most players and guide it towards a different format so that it would be a more inviting "read".
If you go to http://luisloubriel.com/index.html and scroll down halfway you'll see the cover of the book as it will be sold shortly. It's called "Lasting Change for Trumpeters" by Luis Loubriel.
This sounds fabulous. I have always thought that Jacobs was the final authority of everything wind instrument-wise. My teachers always cited him as the best. Wind and Song is my bible. I know Luis well, we used to work together until he disappeared to get his DMA at Champaign. I look forward to this eagerly.
"Behind every well founded belief there lies a belief that is not founded at all." Ludwig Wittgenstein "On Certainty".
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Originally Posted by Manny Laureano
Have a great time here,
You mean like this? Thanks for the tip. By the way, how do you know Luis Loubriel? From his time in Minnesota?
"The ironic thing is that we are trying to make art on what is essentially a twisted piece of plumbing." Unknown trumpet player
I've just finished an interview with Louis Loubriel about this great book.
One of the questions I asked, was how the project started:
The whole interview is here:
The project started around 1984. My “youth orchestra” in Chicago practiced in the same building where Jacobs taught. You could hear every word he said from outside the door and every Saturday I would try to get as much information as I could. I was amazed on how efficient and effective Jacobs was in his lessons. I could also tell, from Jacobs’s students I knew in Chicago, that his teaching produced lasting changes.
I kept asking Cichowicz questions about so many of the concepts I had heard from Jacobs that, perhaps to get a break from me, he (Cichowicz) started loaning me textbooks from his private library. Many of those books had been suggested to him by Jacobs. The collection included Percy Buck’s Psychology for Musicians (Oxford) and Maxwell’s Psycho-Cybernetics.
For the next fifteen years I read about 800 more books on psychology trying to find more answers to my questions and in the late 1990’s I took a year sabbatical in Amsterdam (Holland) to put it all together. For the next four years I transcribed 150 hours of Jacobs’ lectures, 93 hours of taped private lessons given by Jacobs, and 15 hours of taped interviews with expert trumpet teachers. The result is “Lasting Change for Trumpeters”.
Nice interview, Ole! I received Luis Loubriel's book a short time ago, and your interview motivates me to spend more time reading it.
This is a worthy addition to your great trumpet site. Thanks for telling us about it.
I am very much enjoying (and hopefully learning from) this publication. So far I am about 1/3 through it on the initial reading. Excellent material and obviously a "labor of love" for the author.
One question...I have come across several typos and misprints. Who does the proofing of this type of thing? The initial writer? Someone for the publisher? Not complaining...just curious.
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