Fred Irby, III Professor of Music has to say about Give It The 3rd Finger

fred-irby-iiiFred Irby, III Professor of Music has to say about Give It The 3rd Finger

You probably know of Fred Irby, III. He is Professor of Music, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Principal Trumpet – Kennedy Center Musical Theater Orchestra

2009 Lowell Mason Fellow

NAfME: National Association for Music Education

The Oscars with section mates Wayne Bergeron and Chris Grey.

And all the things you will see at this page (click and new page opens).

Here’s what Fred had to say about Give It The 3rd Finger,,,

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsMark’s “Give It The 3rd Finger” is an excellent addition to the trumpet repertoire. It is a required text for students in my studio. I highly recommend it for beginning students and the seasoned professional.

Fred Irby, III
Professor of Music
Howard University
Washington, DC

Hi Fred, thanks so much for your comments about the trumpet study book, Give It The 3rd Finger.

Given that the 3rd finger is the one that really hangs us up, if we can smooth it out, it has a very positive affect on the rest of our technique.

If you want to develop your technique, get a copy of this book and just do one page a day and you will soon experience a terrific improvement like others have.

Here’s where to get you copy now…. Give It The 3rd Finger.

 

 

 

 

Here’s what Jeff Brandt had to say

Mark,

The books you have recently written, are ALL just fantastic! ”

“Give It The 3rd Finger” has certainly turned out to be a hit with people as I watch posts about it.

But, I have to tell you, “The Advancing Trumpet Player” book, has been extremely helpful to me!

The combination of all the things you put in there, from all the years from many different teachers, brought back to memory all those things, and IF, IF I would just do them daily as you state, I really begin to improve quickly, and gain back many of the strengths I once had, and I improve with much less stress. Your book WORKS wonders! It is a true must for trumpet players who want to improve or maintain. It’s great Mark.

Thanks for putting so much time, thought and effort into such a excellent resource for all of us ! You are a blessing, in many, many ways!

Sincerely,

Jeff Brandt
Director of Music Ministries and Solo Trumpeter
New Hope United Methodist Church
Valrico, Florida

Jeff, thanks so much for your kind words, and it makes me feel great that “The Advancing Trumpet Player” book has helped you so much.

For those trumpeters who want to chack out why Jeff was so excited to write, here’s a link to all the trumpet books….

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

And if you play trombone or sax, here’s a link for you too…

http://mphmusic.com

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Here’s what Rob Murray, Professor of Trumpet, has to say about “Give It The 3rd Finger”…

HereRob Murray‘s what Rob Murray, Professor of Trumpet at Columbus State University, has to say about “Give It The 3rd Finger”…

I am the trumpet professor at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia.

I have been receiving info from Mark’s site for a while and seen his materials at conferences, etc. Every year before school starts I look for new materials, particularly duets, to engage with my students. “Give it The 3rd Finger” has been on my list to purchase for some time.

This book is great!

I pGive It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and Duetsarticularly find the duets as a sight reading experience with my students (college students and high school students) to be incredibly effective. The whole book is terrifically practical and so applicable to increasing students’ facility and ease. The etudes and duets are very musical and ‘giving it the third finger’ motivates myself and my students beyond the technical experience of performing these.

I also recognize the clear organization of the materials – identifying the skills needed and then applying them through the etudes and duets. This has been illuminating to myself and my students some very important skills necessary for greater musicianship.

I would, and have recommended this book to others and have told them about the strength of these materials in expanding musical skills.

While I don’t know Mark personally, I am very impressed with the care and quality he has put into these materials.

Rob Murray, DMA
Professor, Trumpet
Schwob School of Music
Columbus State University
Archivist, International Trumpet Guild
Co-Founder, Harmonie del Sur
Performing Artist, P. Mauriat Corporation, Paris, France
Host, 2017 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast
Host, 2016 National Trumpet Competition
Host, 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference

 

Rob, thanks for your comments about the “Give It The 3rd Finger” studies, etudes, and duets book for trumpet.

Trumpet players can get a copy at this page http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

There is a version for trombone players called “Slide Master” – The duets can be played by Bb trumpet and trombone also – link to trombone books http://mphmusic.com/trombone

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Comments from Owen Klug about the Advancing Trombone Player

Advancing Trombone Player-cover-shadowComments from Owen Klug about the Advancing Trombone Player

Hi Mark,

I am so glad to have connected with you and The Advancing Trombone Player, I really have an increased confidence level because of ATP. Thanks again, Owen Klug

Here’s a few comments that I have that may help others…

I had stopped playing for about 45+/- years. I gave everything away except the horn.

After retiring, I needed something to do and my horn was the answer. I played in several bands – from concert, swing, rock…etc. I was also in the ARMY Show Band.

I practiced and reached a level of proficiency that got me into 3 concert bands and 3 big swing/dance bands. then I seemed to plateau-out (did not get any better).

I think I heard about you and your method books through the internet… not sure.

The thing I’m finding the most effective about the Advancing Trombone Player book and system
is the exercises and the amount of exercises in each lesson. And the practice time required.

The thing I’m liking and impressed with the most is how quick I started improving again after leaving that initial plateau I was on.

The difference is your approach, I think.  The amount of exercises and the various types of challenging exercises you provide.  This differs from other lesson types. In addition, your lesson plans require more practice time and are more demanding. This is definitely a Good Thing.

The most obvious result I’ve noticed so far is my capabilities mature much faster and that helps and enhances my confidence level. I don’t feel so challenged when playing in bands.

I’m happy to tell you I’ve already recommended the Advancing Trombone Player to others, telling them how much my confidence level has increased since I started using the ATP.

One other thing, a little insight about Mark — he is very supportive and goes out of his way to help you improve and achieve your goals.

I am so glad to have connected with you and The Advancing Trombone Player, I really have an increased confidence level because of ATP.

Thanks again, Owen Klug

Get your copy of the Advancing Trombone Player – click here.

Hi Owen, Mark here…

Thanks for sharing your comments and enthusiasm in your success using the Advancing Trombone Player method book system. I can tell you are putting in the disciplined practice time and follow the lesson plans, that the quickest way to get the most results in the least amount of time.  And as time goes by, as you progress through all of the lessons, things will continue you improve at an even quicker rate.

Congratulations, and thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

Get your copy of the Advancing Trombone Player – click here.

Comments about The Comeback Trumpet Player from Peter Flournoy

The Comeback Trumpet PlayerComments about The Comeback Trumpet Player from Peter Flournoy

Mark:

I am a comeback trumpet player and perform about 3-4 times per year at my church (either with piano or organ accompaniment or with the full choir). I began practicing again in late June for a church performance about a week ago and found your book to be valuable as I work to regain my chops.

I also especially like the warm up section, but find that I do not have the time to practice for more than about an hour per day. As such, I am taking your advice to practice parts of each lesson and alternate as I go.

I am finding my flexibility, endurance and range improving as I go.

Looking forward to working with your books and lesson plans throughout the end of this year and into next!!! I am really finding your book to be useful and helpful as I work to rebuild my chops!!

Thanks for providing a valuable and useful resource for those of us trying to get back in the game!!

With great appreciation,

Peter Flournoy
Norwalk, CT

Hi Peter, Mark here.

Thanks for your comments about The Comeback Trumpet trumpet book.

Sounds like you’re putting it to good use, and have customized your practice routine using the guidelines I gave you in the practice tips blogpost of alternating exercises every other day so you do get to all of them instead of just skipping around. Bravo!

By following the disciplined system of lesson plans you get a well-rounded approach to practicing all facets of playing in a balanced way, and you always know where to pick up again if you get side-tracked.

Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Mark Hendricks

You can get more info, free samples and order your copy of The Comeback Trumpet Player book at this link The Comeback Trumpet Player

And read practice tips and comments from other at this link Comeback Trumpet Player Tips

 

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Comments from Dave Dennis on The Comeback Trumpet Player book

The Comeback Trumpet PlayerComments from Dave Dennis on The Comeback Trumpet Player book

Hi Mark,

I have found The Comeback Trumpet Player  book an effective way to renew my acquaintance with my cornet. I am practicing up on my 1941 Conn 80a after — shall we say– more than 20 years. I had it restored earlier this year.  The old horn is slowly learning to sing again.

Having started from liver lips I have had considerable progress. The warm up section is especially valuable. I found the “rest as you play” instruction to be encouraging, especially when I was inventing notes that do not have  a place on any scale. The reminder to go slow and play well is helpful in coordinating rusty habits as well as replacing some unhelpful ones. Previously I had not given much thought to warm-down. Exercise 16 in the opening section really ends a practice session with a sense of relaxation. Because my cornet is larger bore the number of lower tones and bottom mid-range is helping me to build a tone I like. When I bust a note toward the top of my present range the “three strikes and you’re out” teaches patience and restrains my compulsions to overdo it. I chose to start with the G tonality studies. I appreciate the major and minor scale studies. My fingers are learning to cooperate again!

Your assigned Arban exercises gives me additional challenge as well as something to do during rest stops. My well-traveled book has now begun to molt and keeping the pages in order require attention. Gosh, it’s not even fifty years old yet! It is truly and old friend.

For those thinking about or starting up again, I highly recommend The Comeback Trumpet Player. It is varied enough to keep you interested and rigorous without being discouraging.

Keep on playing,

Dave Dennis
Knoxville, TN

Hi, Mark here…

Thanks Dave for your comments about The Comeback Trumpet Player systematic method book for trumpet players.

If you’re a Comeback Trumpet Player, this will help get you on track and keep you on track for years to come.

Read all about it at http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

If you’re more advanced already, I suggest you pick up The Advancing Trumpet player (you will see it at that same webpage).

More about The Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips and Comments

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Amazing Progress By Young Trumpet Players

John BakerAmazing Progress By Young Trumpet Players

Mark,

Just wanted to give you some news on the progress of a couple of my students who I have using your books.

My student Travis who has two of your books will be a Senior in high school. He has decided that he wants to study Business Music and trumpet . Looks like he will be going to Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia with Chuck Seipp as his trumpet professor. He found out the cost is $30,000 per year (whew). He also found out that he is elegible for their President’s scholarship at $20,000 per year. They require a 3.7 un-weighted grade point. He has a 3.9. They also require 1200 SAT, he has a 1350. The music department also has money, so both combined will cover his cost for all 4 years. Travis, with hard work from your books, is playing a consistent high F, and a G 40% of the time. His scales are just stunning. And his all-state material is coming along really well.

Another student Jack, a 9th grader going to be a 10th grader when school begins, is playing  a consistent G and A. He is hitting a Double Bb about 15% of the time. And powerful. With time he will get it and above. Your material has also helped him. He finished the year at Plant Hi being 1st chair in concert band, 1st in trumpet quintet, and lead trumpet in Jazz Band. He got a Superior rating performing a grade 6 solo at district and state solo and ensemble. His most current success was to get the lead trumpet spot in USF’s summer Jazz band camp.  Your scale book (All The Notes and More) and 3rd finger book (Give It The 3rd Finger) has him playing miles above other students his age, and thus his reading, jazz and concert is superior. He decided last week that he wants to give auditioning for the All-Star Grammy Band a try.

With the aid of your books I have 2 very motivated young men on my hands. Thanks for what you have done.

And another update, the Trumpet Festival we do in Tampa is set for for October 10th. Our featured guest artists are Chuck Seipp and the sensational young player Geoff Gallente. I know both Chuck and Geoff use your books too. Chuck and Geoff are booked to do the workshops and perform on the concert that night.

John Baker
Tampa, Florida

Hi John,

Thanks for the update.

It’s great to hear the progress your students are making using the books I’ve written.

If people will actually have the discipline, by themselves as self-study or with a good teacher like yourself, they will get results.

For those who have the books, just follow those lesson plans and follow the instructions closely in the written materials in the books and the guides I’ve posted on the blog for each book.

To see all the trumpet books, see http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

To see all the trombone books, see http://mphmusic.com/trombone

To see all the sax books, see http://mphmusic.com/saxophone

And check the Categories column on this page to see more info on each book.

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

 

The Advancing Trumpet Player – here’s what David Cooper says

The Advancing Trumpet PlayerThe Advancing Trumpet Player – here’s what David Cooper says

Hi Mark,

I love your book “The Advancing Trumpet Player”.

It is quite a routine and works everything associated with trumpet playing.

The tonality studies really help to learn your scales and flexibility!!

I miss some days because of my work schedule but seem to pick up where I left off.

I do wish that there was more time for Trumpet!!!

This book is a major asset – Thanks Mark!!

David Cooper
Cataula, GA

Hey David, thanks so much for sharing your comments with everyone.

One of the biggest problems we all have in practicing is coming up with an action plan, a track to run on.

ATP is designed to be that kind of action plan.

You simply follow the lesson plans that are included, and if we get knocked off track for a little while, it’s easy to pickup where you left off and get back on the plan.

And there’s plenty of variety to keep your practice sessions interesting and challenging too.

If you have a copy already, dig in and stick with it… you will get great results.

If you don’t have your copy yet, get yours today.  It comes with my personal 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Get it here:  http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Jeff Thomas talks about Mark’s trombone books

Jeff Thomas talks about Mark’s trombone books

Jeff Thomas

I make my living playing my horns in various setting and in multiple genres including orchestra, operatic, ballet, Broadway shows, commercial, jazz, recording studio and chamber music. The type of playing I do requires me to be in the best, most flexible and adaptive condition possible at all times.

I have known Mark Hendricks for almost 30 years, first as a player and also as a recording engineer/producer and now as an author. He has always had a meticulous approach to his playing and musicianship and this is well reflected in his writing in these books.

All The Notes and More for Trombone
Full Range Studies for Trombone
Slide Master for Trombone
Forty-Nine Arbban Duets For Trombone

My other use for these books is with a student who is really trying to get their chops up to a professional level. I use them with students who are really trying to make it to a good school

and take it to the next level. I find the book of duets so useful for exposing them to the techniques and facility needed to play in a pro context. These serve very me well in that and they are also fun for me at the same time.

These are must have books for anybody looking to keep their chops up and to share with students with the same goals.

Jeff Thomas
– professional trombonist
Orlando Philharmonic
– principle trombone
Sarasota Orchestra
– former principle trombone

Thanks Jeff for sharing your thoughts with others, it really does help to hear from a professional like you with your years of experience playing in so many different styles, and your teaching experience with students too.

If you’d like to take a look at the books and other goodies for trombone, and even get some free samples visit this page:

http://mphmusic.com/trombone
If you’re a trumpet player or sax/reed player, visit these pages:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

http://mphmusic.com/saxophone

To read comment from other people abour our products and services visit:

http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

Merrill Perret likes the 49 Long-Lost Arban Duets

FORTY-NINE LONG LOST ARBAN DUETS FOR TRUMPET (...that Arban never wrote!)Merrill Perret likes the 49 Long-Lost Arban Duets

I’m an amateur musician. I retired five years ago, after 35 years in aviation, and finally have control over my own schedule again.  I’m primarily a trumpet player, but decided to take up the trombone a year and a half ago, both as a mental challenge and to fill in a hole in our local concert band.

I don’t know Mark personally, but became aware of him through Facebook and the internet. As a newcomer to the bass clef, I was pleased to find a book of duets that caters to a wide range of abilities while providing the technical basics we all know from Arbans.

Forty-Nine Arbban Duets For TromboneWhat appealed to me the most, though, was the ability to play these duets with any combination of two bass clef or treble Bb instruments. This versatility and convenience is a great feature.

Thanks, Mark.

Merrill Perret
Huntsville, Ontario

And thank you Merrill.

The original studies written by J.B. Arban that are the basis for these forty-nine duets are among the most assigned, practiced, played, and reviewed by all trumpet and trombone players – beginner, intermediate, advanced, and pro alike. But there were never duets based on them… until now! Practicing and playing them with your friends, students, and colleagues will yield tremendous benefits for all involved. You can download some free sample duets from the book, see the link below.

These new duets are based on the studies starting with the Syncopation Studies 1-38 then the Tonguing As Applied To The Trumpet studies 135-145 that are right after all the double tongue studies. The book contains both parts. There is a separate duet book of the same duets for trombone or other bass clef instruments… so if your trombone pals have their edition it’s easy to play the classic studies as duets with them too (or treble clef euphoniums too).

Get all the details on these “49 long-lost duets” at these links:

Trumpet – http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

Trombone – http://mphmusic.com/trombone

Get your copy today!

Mark Hendricks

 

 

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Wayne Johnson comments about The Advancing Trumpet Player book

The Advancing Trumpet PlayerWayne Johnson comments about The Advancing Trumpet Player book

I received my ATP on Saturday and it is just what I needed!

I’m a “comeback player” with about 5 years back on the horn after 19 years off. I was doing pretty good until I had to have major dental work and I had to basically start over from scratch. I needed a structured plan that covers all aspects of playing and ATP does just that!

Thank you for writing this book, it is just what the doctor ordered!!

As an added extra to the ATP is that my family prefers it over the routine I was doing before!  My wife says it sounds more musical, like I’m prepping for a concert.

Thanks again Mark!

Wayne Johnson
Bakersfield, CA

Hi Wayne,

And thank you so much for sending in your comments about The Advancing Trumpet Player book.

Now that your experiencing it for yourself, you know the studies and routines in it will be ones that you’ll benefit from for many years to come to continually improve your all-around playing and keep you in shape too – you’ll be ready for anything they throw at you, no matter what kinds of playing situations you find yourself in. Glad to hear your wife likes the new you too!

And if you’ve been thinking about getting your own copy of The Advancing Trumpet Player, go ahead and order yours today. Just begin with lesson one (I’ve provided 52 lessons) and you’ll start seeing improvement in your playing, and get more enjoyment from it too, just like others do.

Here’s where to get your copy:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

Tom Hall says this about The Advancing Trumpet Player book

The Advancing Trumpet PlayerTom Hall says this about The Advancing Trumpet Player book

I have been using The Advancing Trumpet Player for about 5 months. My sound, range, and endurance have all improved dramatically!

Mark’s books really do work!

Tom Hall
Retired Band Director and
Life-long trumpet player
Iowa Falls, IA

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your comments you posted on Facebook recently.

Best to you … Mark

If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Advancing Trumpet Player yet, go ahead and order it today. Be assured if you simply follow the lesson plans in the book, you will improve all aspects of your playing just like Tom did.

If you already have a copy, dig in and do the program. Some simple disciplined practice that progresses step by step is exactly what you need, and The Advancing Trumpet Player does that for you.

Order yours today, or at least get our free Trumpet Players Sample Pack … but don’t put this off, take some action now, you deserve it…

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Dave Ramsey writes about The Comeback Trumpet Player

The Comeback Trumpet Player

Dave Ramsey writes about The Comeback Trumpet Player

I’m Dave Ramsey in Philadelphia, PA.

I have a degree in Jazz trumpet from Temple University from 10 years ago.

I’ve been working a lot on composition for the past couple years so I’ve mostly just been doing long tones a few times a week. After starting to get ready for the performance I kept finding it difficult to practice longer than 10 minutes without taking a long break.

I picked up Comeback Trumpet Player and had a wonderful lesson with Mark. By following the structure of the book that specifically highlights a variety of exercises that strengthen all of my playing my lips feel better than they’ve ever felt and I can practice nearly all day. I’ve been using the book now for 4 weeks and continue to progress both through it and have energy to practice the jazz licks and songs I want.

Mark everything is going fantastically. My lips feel better than ever.

Thank you so much Mark!

Dave Ramsey
Philadelphia, PA

Hey Dave – that’s GREAT news!

It’s amazing how something as simple as resting during your practice sessions as I prescribe can make such a huge difference in your ability to practice more and get more accomplished in a shorter time frame… and still have your chops feel good at the end of the day and at the beginning of the next day too!

Check out all the trumpet books, each specifically targets an area of playing – however they all have efficient and effective practice concepts written into them to get you the most results in the least amount of time.

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Charlie Sweet comments on All The Notes and More

ALL THE NOTES AND MORE for TrumpetCharlie Sweet comments on All The Notes and More

Mark,

I have The Advancing Trumpet Player, Give It The 3rd Finger, and All The Notes and More.

I believe the All The Notes and More book is by far the best book for me.

It has all the pertinent, practical scales. and the exercises in all tonalities. I especially like the blues scales as I am playing in two jazz bands. It is also helping me get my range back.  I am a returning trumpet player (five years ago) and trying to get started in the right direction, this book is definitely working for me.

I highly recommend this book.

Charlie Sweet
Grand Junction, CO

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for sharing your comments with everybody, and thanks for purchasing the three books, and I’m delighted you are finding them all valuable to you.

Each book I publish typically targets a specific area of playing, however they are all written to create an efficient and effective way to practice so you get more accomplished in less time.  I think that’s what most people find when they really follow the practice plans in each book, and stick with the systematized approach.

If you’re reading this and haven’t gotten your copies of my study books for trumpet, trombone, or sax – check out these pages…

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

http://mphmusic.com/trombone

http://mphmusic.com/saxophone

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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David Cooper on the Full Range Studies for Trumpet book

Full Range Studies for TrumpetDavid Cooper on the Full Range Studies for Trumpet book

I have never met Mark Hendricks but when I saw his Full Range Studies for trumpet book, I had to give it a try.

Like most trumpet players, I have quite a collection of trumpet books, methods, sheet music etc. – I look forward to the every other day of doing the routines and it is quick and precise to the development of better trumpet playing!!!

I have been through the book on schedule and my wife even made a comment the other day that I was sounding really good!!

(I’ll take it!!)

I would recommend this book to all brass players!!

Thanks Mark!!!!

David Cooper
Cataula, GA

P.S. – When Momma’s happy, then you know it’s good…(Awesome)!!!!

Hi David,

So glad to hear your wife is noticing, that’s great… 🙂

One of the nice things about the book is you’re not playing the same thing every day, it makes it more fun to sit down and practice this stuff every other day, and it doesn’t drive your family nuts having to listen to you LOL.

Get your own copy today and get going…

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

Best,

Mark Hendricks

 

 

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Pete Andrick – Full Range Studies for Trumpet

Full Range Studies for TrumpetPete Andrick – Full Range Studies for Trumpet

Hi Mark,

I’m a freelance trumpeter, in the metropolitan Detroit (MI) area. Most of what I do is in music theater, with some big band, and brass ensemble stuff worked in. I’m a former USAF bandsman, with collegiate study at the bachelor and master’s level, in music performance.

I found the MPHmusic site and an ad on the site pointed to the Full Range Studies book. The price of the book was rather reasonable. I decided on buying it after reading the commentary about the book.

An important aspect of the exercises presented in this book is that the progressions are logically laid out. I found that the progressions became easier to do while going through the exercises.

This book gave me a new way of enhancing what I have, regarding the upper register, and I think there’s a little more ‘pop’ or ‘sparkle’ to the sound. I would recommend this book based on that, alone. Follow the instructions included and you will not burn yourself out. Don’t force anything – keep the ‘natural’ aspect of playing intact.

Definitely a book worth checking. Best wishes!

Pete Andrick
Westland, MI, USA

Hey Pete – Mark here,

Thanks for sending in your comments about the Full Range Studies book for Trumpet.

And you are so right, players just need to read and follow the instructions and do the book and they will see progress.

Congratulations on that extra ‘pop and sparkle’ to your sound, that’s what people hear and know you by – it makes sense to really listen closely as we practice to always be making the best sound possible, no matter how long or short, low or high, loud or soft. Always be making music!

If you’d like to pick up a copy of Full Range Studies for Trumpet, hop on over to this page:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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Greg Alley comments on the All The Notes and More book

Greg AlleyGreg Alley comments on the All The Notes and More book

Hi Mark,

I’m practicing right now – well, taking a much needed break!

Out of all the books, so far, I’ve been working the most from “All the Notes and More.”  It is challenging but fits directly into one of the principles I teach and aspire towards – a solid two octave range around the circle of 5ths.

As such, I play lots and lots of two octave scales and arpeggios and lips slurs every day. My lip slur book for many years has been Earl Irons. But your book increased the “vocabulary” at least tenfold!

Thank you!

Greg Alley
Hudsonville, Michigan

Trumpet instructor at Calvin College and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Prior to teaching, Greg was a member of the West Point Band, in New York, for twenty-three years.  His music degrees are from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Michigan State University.  Greg plays in the Holland Symphony Orchestra, has been a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Hudson Valley Bachfest Orchestra, and the Montclair Chamber Ensemble. And has also been a long-time member of the King’s Brass.

Greg’s website is at http://tootertutor.com

Greg has all of our books for trumpet. To see everything available and to get some free samples of each visit:

Trumpet – http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

Trombone – http://mphmusic.com/trombone

Sax/Reeds – http://mphmusic.com/saxophone

See more comments from others at – http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments

Mark Hendricks

Merrill Perret talks about the 49 Arban Duets book

Merrill Perret talks about the 49 Arban Duets FORTY-NINE LONG LOST ARBAN DUETS FOR TRUMPET (...that Arban never wrote!)book

I’m an amateur musician. I retired five years ago, after 35 years in aviation, and finally have control over my own schedule again.  I’m primarily a trumpet player, but decided to take up the trombone a year and a half ago, both as a mental challenge and to fill in a hole in our local concert band.

I don’t know Mark personally, but became aware of him through Facebook and the internet. As a newcomer to the bass clef, I was pleased to find a book of duets that caters to a wide range of abilities while providing the technical basics we all know from Arbans.

Forty-Nine Arbban Duets For TromboneWhat appealed to me the most, though, was the ability to play these duets with any combination of two bass clef or treble Bb instruments. This versatility and convenience is a great feature.

Thanks, Mark.

Merrill Perret
Huntsville, Ontario

Thanks Merrill for your comments and insights to using the 49 Arban Duets for Trumpet or Trombone (…that Arban Never Wrote!). See the links below on why and how these duets came about!

Here’s a link to get full details (and samples) on both versions of the book, trumpet players can play them as duets, trombone players can play them as duets, and they can be played as trumpet and trombone duets too, like Merrill does with his students.

Trumpet version (Bb treble clef) – http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

Trombone version (concert pitch bass clef) – http://mphmusic.com/trombone

See more comments from others at – http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments

Mark Hendricks

Chuck Seipp talks about Mark’s books

Chuck Seipp talks about Mark’s books

Chuck SeippI am teaching at the college level but also teach students from age 10 to 70 and have for quite some time. When I met Mark Hendricks at the Trumpet Fest in Tampa October of 2015, I was immediately impressed by his passion to publish his well thought-out approach of all his trumpet books. At that event, I witnessed the enthusiasm of both teachers and students who have been using his materials. Mark’s love of the trumpet and compassion for students of the trumpet resulted in wonderfully creative books that needs to be in every trumpet players library and used daily.

Besides his books, Mark Hendricks has the most impressive website with information and resources valuable to all trumpet players.

If you are an amateur or student you will see results in little time with Mark Hendricks books.

If you are a professional you will understand immediately the benefits of incorporating his books into your daily routine.

If you are a teacher, better still, now you have a wonderful teaching aid to help your students.

Chuck Seipp
Associate Professor of Trumpet
Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester VA
The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” (Retired)
www.cjseippmusic.com

A few comments about the books…

The Comeback Trumpet Player: A wonderful book with a collection of great exercises, well thought-out that cover all aspects of playing with a 52-lesson plan. A plan can be confusing to any player and Mark has a solid systematic approach that can guide the comeback trumpet player to success the quickest way possible. This book includes excellent tips, fundamental warm ups and exercises by Mark Hendricks as well as exercises of James Stamp, Don Owen and Arbans. Not just for the comeback player, this book is proven to develop all aspects of the trumpet – tone, tonguing, technique, flexibility, endurance and range.

Forty-Nine Long Lost Arban Duets (…that Arban never wrote): A fun book of duets created for many of the classic Arbans exercises I use weekly with students which helps focus on matching articulation, style, rhythm precision, ensemble, intonation and awareness of how to lead ensemble play.

Give It The 3rd Finger: A creative book by Mark Hendricks, which focuses on developing the coordination of the trumpeter’s weakest finger. We all know the frustration of our fingers not cooperating and this book really helps finger dexterity in a practical, fun and interesting approach through Mark’s exercises, etudes and duets.

The Advancing Trumpet Player: Mark Hendricks version of “The Comeback Trumpet Player” on steroids! A creative, more advanced method for the motivated student with a systematic 52-lesson plan to focus the student with goals to improve every aspect of trumpet playing.

All the Notes and More: All the scales and arpeggios in every key in one book challenging the tongue, flexibility, endurance and range!

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Thanks Chuck for sharing your thoughts with our customers and readers.

If you get a chance to hear Chuck play or take a lesson or study with him for a while, you’ll find him to be one of the nicest guys and a great trumpet player on top of that!!

By the way, you’ve probably heard of one of his younger students who has been studying trumpet with Chuck since 2006….  Geoff Gallante – that’s a link to some Youtube videos featuring Geoff, quite the talent!

To get more info on our books click the following links:

Trumpet

Trombone

Saxophone – Reeds

And you can read comments from other people too at http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments/

 

 

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Peter Krom talks about Mark’s books

Hi Mark,

I have been playing the horn for a very long time.

I like your book ” The Comeback Trumpet Player” a lot.

Why?

Because this is a book that enables you to practice in a very structured manner. It is a sort of “bible” or manual which leads you through the challenging task of getting your chops better and better (technique) as well as broadening one’s musical skills.

In summary, I love the book and I use it everyday. So it is certainly not only useful for a “comeback player”.

One tip. It would be an extra when you also could incorporate a number of exercises specifically aimed at a jazz musician (going through the scales based on a number of scores of selected songs).

Regards,

Peter Krom
The Netherlands

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Thanks Peter, and thanks for that last little tip. I will work up a blog post on how players can apply the studies in the Comeback Trumpet Player book, the Advancing Trumpet Player book, and the All The Notes and More book toward their jazz playing, great idea!

Thanks again,
Mark

To get more info on our books click the following links:

Trumpet

Trombone

Saxophone – Reeds

And you can read comments from other people too at http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments/

 

 

 

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John Baker talks about Mark’s trumpet books

John BakerJohn Baker talks about Mark’s trumpet books

I have known Mark for about 38 years. I have played in groups along side him. I have played in groups under his direction. I have shared ideas regarding teaching and performing with him. Because I know Mark’s dedication to music and the trumpet, I knew that whatever subject regarding the playing and teaching of the trumpet would be excellent.

Now on to the specifics about each book.

The Comeback Trumpet Player: I presently have 6 “comeback students”. This book is working well because all of have played out of the Arban’s when they were in high school. Thus the 52 lesson plans on pp. 79-130 work well. The tonality study part of the book is good in that many of these player were never introduced to diminished 7ths, whole tone scales, augmented chords, and others – especially in all keys. And the book includes excellent fundamental warm ups.

Give It The 3rd Finger: This book is excellent for developing the coordination of the weakest finger on our hand. Proof of this for me was playing the Gordon Goodwin chart “Act Your Age”. I was playing the 2nd part (the 1st part is easier technically). I had been working out of the 3rd finger Book for 3 weeks and this new chart was given to us and I was able to play it accurately on the first read through. I would not have been able to do it if I had not been working out of the Give it the 3rd Finger Book.

All the Notes and More: This book provides scales that many books do not. (ie:  Diminished scales, Blues scales, Major and minor pentatonic). Also many different articulations. Also uses the scales in working the upper part of the range. (After all, scales and arpeggios are the basics of all music.)

Forty-Nine Long Lost Arban Duets (…that Arban never wrote): These duet are great in getting students to perform and understand the beginning of ensemble playing and how the top line is performed by itself. Good for accuracy development, rhythm development, intonation development.

The Advancing Trumpet Player: The full range studies on pages 57-61 are excellent in developing slotting and air flow. Lip slur pages 64-75 are great for working on flexibility. Pages 76-78 you actually play a musical phrase instead of long tones to work on range. These also develop control. Playing slow, quarter note at 54 beats for 7 measures, then a fermata. You’ll see.

I recommend all of Mark’s books.

I have students in all of Mark’s books.

They all work well.

And remember, you can have all the books in the world, but if you don’t practice them, it makes no difference.

John Baker
Tampa, Florida

Former member United States Military Academy (West Point). Former staff trumpet player Walt Disney World. Former trumpet teacher University of Tampa. For decades and presently freelance trumpet player (too many shows to name). 22 years teaching at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. And private trumpet studio with students ranging from 10 years old to 75 years old.

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Hi, Mark writing here now…

Thanks John for your kind words and recommendations of all of the books. John has had a long and successful career as a professional trumpet player, and teaching students at all ages and stages of their trumpet playing for years and years. I’m very privileged to have called him friend for so many decades.

By the way, as long as I’ve known John he’s always enjoyed a nice “ride”… here’s his current mode of transportation (a very nice Jag)…

John Baker and his Jaguar

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on all the trumpet books, visit this link http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

And you can read comments from other people too at http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments/

To all of our world-wide customers and readers, thank you

Mark HendricksTo all of our world-wide customers and readers, thank you!

Thank you to all of our customers and readers world-wide in the following countries, we appreciate you – be sure to visit our website for lots of interesting articles, videos, products, and services at http://MPHmusic.com

Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands

We appreciate you so much!

Mark Hendricks
http://MPHmusic.com

Tom Hall comments about Skype lessons and ATP

The Advancing Trumpet PlayerTom Hall comments about Skype lessons and ATP

It’s always really nice getting comments from people like Tom Hall, here’s what he wrote…

I am 68 years old.  I have played trumpet since I was 11 years old.  I graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, with a Bachelor Of Music Education degree in 1971.  Trumpet was my major instrument.  I taught instrumental music in the public schools for 35 years, mostly at the middle school level.  I have played in pit orchestras for over 30 Broadway musicals, mostly at the high school and college level.  I have played in numerous bands in our immediate area (north central Iowa) as well.

I first saw some things about Mark on Facebook, and started following his MPH Music page.  After reading about some of Mark’s teaching techniques, especially in working with players that want to get back into shape, and seeing something about Skype lessons a couple of months ago, I decided to contact Mark and try a few lessons.

The best part for me has been working one on one with Mark.  He concentrates on the basics, which is what I need to do.  I have always been involved with performance based playing, so I have gotten away from working on the little things – which are not little at all, but very fundamental.

Mark’s book, the Advancing Trumpet Player, is a very simple approach to improving your playing.  I have no doubt that if I follow it I will become a much better player.  I can already see improvement in 2-1/2 weeks!

My last lessons were with my college trumpet instructor over 40 years ago.  Again, most of his instruction was performance based.  Mark encourages playing passages slowly and he’s got me listening much more carefully to what I play, and he really emphasizes that resting is just as important as playing.

I have recommended Mark to a couple of friends already.  I explained how Mark approaches playing, and showed them the ATP book.  Mark is very professional in his teaching, but friendly.  He knows his subject well, and is able to explain how to deal with problem issues.  In the past 2-1/2 weeks since I started lessons, I have been very impressed with Mark and the ATP method book.  The book is laid out in a way that makes it easy to follow, and keeps my interest from day to day.

My goal in taking Skype lessons with Mark was to regain the excitement for playing trumpet.  In recent years, I have been playing in a few groups, but I have not been able to get excited about practicing on my own.  Mark has really helped me get back that enthusiasm for playing.

I think Mark has developed a good, solid system!  I would highly recommend it to anyone who is not satisfied with their current level of playing.

Tom Hall
Iowa Falls, IA

It’s Mark here again…

Thanks Tom for your kind words. It really helps and encourages others to get back in the game, or to brush up on their game of playing their trumpet too (and other music making too).

If you’d like more info on my trumpet and trombone books, check them out here:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

http://mphmusic.com/trombone

And if you’d like more info on Skype lessons with me (yes, it really does work well), take a peek here:

http://mphmusic.com/skype

And you can read comments from other people too at http://mphmusic.com/blog/category/comments/

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

 

 

Rich Willey “Gives It The 3rd Finger” Treatment

Rich Willey “Gives It The 3rd Finger” Treatment

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsYou’ve probably heard of Rich Willey, recently he purchased my “Give It The 3rd Finger” book for trumpet with all of the 3rd finger studies, etudes, and duets.

The day after he received it via UPS, he wrote these comments to me…

Mark! I did the first 14 drills tonight at eighth note = 72, and then I practiced the changes from “Have You Met Miss Jones” (that’s the recording I’m sharing with you) and I was amazed at the amount of progress I made just in that one practice session. Usually I miss all the G#s (Abs) and low Ds and low Ebs, and in fact, if you listen to this (I played a chorus/rested a chorus), I even went into my dreaded lower register to see if my fingers would work on those low notes, and very many of them came popping right out! You’re a genius!!! Thanks, man. I could’ve used better 3rd valve technique this past weekend on gigs, but I’ll forgive you just this once. 😉 Thanks for turning out such an incredible regimen designed for people like me with nearly useless third fingers on trumpet! Seriously, man, thank you!!!

— Rich Willey

And a day later, he wrote again…

Please bear in mind that this is how I *practice* … I play a chorus and rest a chorus, and try to do that (and record the whole thing in ProTools) on a couple of tunes daily. I almost always go back and play the other horn in the “holes” left skipping choruses on the first take. These are by no means intended to be released to the public, but I guess just this once I’ll make an exception 🙂

I really want to coerce my fingers into cooperating with me, so I figured I would start very slowly and hopefully (per your instructions) get them clean and eventually speed up the process. This is the first regimen designed for whipping the 3rd finger into shape that I’ve seen that doesn’t bore the crap out of me. Also, turns out I did the first 15 last night, and then did 16-30 tonight before going on to 44 after that, just to get an overdose of this new treatment. I can see that it will take a lot of hard work on my part, but having a plan laid out is the best thing that has ever come along for my stubborn third finger.

So, thank you, Mark! I now have hope of being able to not scuffle as much in “those keys” that have those fingerings that I have been afraid of for years!

You da man!

Rich Willey

Mark here again… (thanks Rich)…

Down a couple of paragraphs is a link to a few choruses of “Have You Met Miss Jones” that Rich sent to me. Like he said, he recorded the trumpet choruses in one practice session, then the bass trumpet choruses the next day (by the way, a great way to practice, play a chorus, rest a chorus… “rest as much as you play”). His recording was about 23 minutes long, so I’ve just copied a few of the choruses to give you an example of how he practices jazz improvisation. By the way, Rich writes some great books for trumpet and other instruments, and also writes great arrangements too… check out his website at http://www.Boptism.com

Click this next link below and then go down the page to the “Give It The 3rd Finger” section and you will see the audio play button, click it and listen in on Rich’s practice session…

Go to the audio here… http://www.MPHmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm

While you’re there, pick up a copy for yourself, or a friend, or all of your students.

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

10th Grader says this is his quick warm-up

Give It The 3rd Finger10th Grader says this is his quick warm-up

I just got a note from trumpet pro and long-time trumpet teacher John Baker (Tampa area) that one of his students who has been working his way through all of the “Give It The 3rd Finger” studies book uses three specific exercises as a quick warm-up when he doesn’t have time for a more thorough one.

It’s exercises 1, 3, and 30 — memorize them and play all the articulations indicated says John’s 10th grade student.

So I gave it a try and thought about all the quick benefits to doing this that he discovered: finger technique, air flow and speed, tone, flexibility, articulation, slurring, single tongue, K tongue, double and two forms of triple tonguing, and giving your brain a little workout for keeping you sharp and thinking well.

If you have the book or the free sample pack you can try out his discovery for yourself.

If you don’t have the book or free sample pack you can get yours here:

http://www.MPHmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm

And be sure to visit our blog that is at our website, it’s direct address is:

http://www.MPHmusic.com/blog

I guess I could have titled this…

“Young Dog Teaches Old Dog New Tricks”
(…even if the Old Dog wrote the book)

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In joy!

Mark Hendricks
http://www.MPHmusic.com

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