Give It The 3rd Finger – here’s what Fred Irby III has to say

fred-irby-iiiGive It The 3rd Finger – here’s what Fred Irby III has to say

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.

 

 

 

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Give It The 3rd Finger – Amazing Progress By Young Trumpet Players

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsGive It The 3rd Finger – Amazing 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

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet – 101 Studies plus 12 Etudes and 12 Matching Duets

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and Duets

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet – 101 Studies plus 12 Etudes and 12 Matching Duets

101 Trumpet Studies For Making Your 3rd Finger Work Right, And Your Tongue And Chops Too, Plus 12 Etudes and 12 Matching Duets That Target Your 3rd Finger (69 pages) – by Mark Hendricks

These studies, etudes and duets are all about developing your 3rd finger.

You know what I’m talking about, it’s the one that really hangs you up when you’re playing scales and arpeggios, and completely messes you up when you’re really trying to impress your friends and amaze your audiences…. 🙂 –

You can download a free sample page from the book, see below.

All of the studies, etudes, and duets in this book target your 3rd finger while playing a variety of interesting patterns, articulations, and ranges. Developing your 3rd finger strength, technique, and coordination will improve all of your abilities to play with more agility, musicality, and confidence.

Get a free sample PDF of the first pages of the sixteenth notes and triplets exercises plus two of the etudes/duets. There are 101 3rd finger studies, and 12 etudes and 12 matching duets in the full printed book (69 pages).

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)

🙂

In joy!

Mark Hendricks
http://www.MPHmusic.com

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Give It The 3rd Finger – Patrick McKenzie

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsHere’s some comments from trumpet pro Patrick McKenzie on his experience using the “Give It The 3rd Finger” studies, etudes, and duets for trumpet book…

Patrick writes:

It has been several weeks since I’ve purchased your book, “Give it The 3rd Finger,” and I must say that I have added it to my daily routines.

Prior to my purchasing the book, my daily routines consisted of long tones, flexibilities, and scale studies. Lately, I’ve noticed that my scales studies were not up to par until I purchased your book.

The first thing I noticed was my 3rd finger was too weak so after reading the instructions, I began to apply the methods at a very slow tempo and within a few weeks, I could tell a big difference.

I frequently play in a Latin band and one of the styles that I play is a fast paced, two-chord progression known as “Merengue”. This particular style utilizes several scale patterns that are usually in an uptempo groove. I could tell that my 3rd finger was getting stronger because the scale-like patterns connected better and there were no breaks between my notes. I also feel that it’s very beneficial when applying multiple tonguing techniques, as suggested at the beginning of the book.

Lastly, applying different articulations has been very beneficial as well. For example, after I’ve worked on several of the exercises, I like to sight-read transcribed solos of some of my favorite Bebop/hard bop players. Specifically Clifford Brown because of his ease of weaving through chord changes, I’ve found that working on the suggested exercises helps with executing the phrases.

Thanks Mark Hendricks for helping me bring my “A game” to every performance!

Musically Yours,
Patrick McKenzie
Freelance Musician

Okay, it’s Mark back again with you…

How’s your 3rd finger?

Just like Patrick, others have found if they specifically target the 3rd finger with these “Give It The 3rd Finger” exercise patterns, all aspects of their trumpet playing improves.

Go ahead, give a try and prove it to yourself. Just add two exercises a day to your routine, use all of the suggested articulations, and you’ll soon see the benefits too.

Here’s where to get your copy now:

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

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

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

Charlier 36 Etudes Contest – Great Idea

Charlier 36 EtudesCharlier 36 Etudes Contest – Great Idea!

The “36 Etudes Transcedentes” is a classic book of 36 difficult etudes by the Belgian trumpet teacher Theo Charlier. Most trumpet students work out of this book in music school, but usually they don’t get past the first dozen of them. The etudes get quite difficult as they go on and almost everyone gives up eventually and goes back to practicing Pictures at an Exhibition and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto instead.

In 2012-2013 five trumpeters from around the world resolved to work through the book with the added incentive of a friendly competition. The Charlier Challenge was born. There were five: Justin Bartels (Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony), Carrie Schafer (Second Trumpet in the Saint Louis Symphony), Mike Martin (Fourth Trumpet with the Boston Symphony), Liam Day (Sub-principal Trumpet with the Malaysian Philharmonic), and Joshua MacCluer (Principal Trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic). The competition truly was a world class affair.

The format of the Charlier Challenge was as follows: every week they learned the next etude in the book and recorded their best single take effort with no editing allowed. They submitted every Wednesday. The clips were put up anonymously online and 36 first class guest judges each judged a week and picked their favorite, submitting comments if they so desired. Each week one point was awarded and the winner would be the one with the most points at the end of the 36 weeks. The celebrity guest judge list was a long list of great trumpeters and other well known artists.

You can read more and listen to the winning recordings at this link:

http://joshuamaccluer.com/the-charlier-challenge

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsAnd if you have a studio full of trumpet students, we can do something similar to this with my “Give It The 3rd Finger” book, read more about how this is done at this link:

http://mphmusic.com/blog/trumpet/give-it-the-3rd-finger-contest-winner/

What a great idea!!

Mark Hendricks

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Give It The 3rd Finger Contest Winner

Give It The 3rd Finger Contest Winner

Congratulations to Michelle Penley!

She’s the winner of the “Give It The 3rd Finger” contest that was held among the trumpet students of Mark Ponzo, Professor of Trumpet at Northern Illinois University.

Mark got a copy of my “Give It The 3rd Finger – 101 Studies, Etudes and Duets for Trumpet” book and liked it so much that he ordered 18 copies so all of his trumpet students could have their own personal copy, plus he added it to his required study books for trumpet.

When I talked with him on the phone I suggested he have a little contest – he picks one of the etudes and then has everybody work on it, every one performs it and the winner gets a prize… I provide a ball cap with the “Give It The 3rd Finger” name and logo. He thought it was a great idea!

Here’s a pic with Michelle and Mark wearing their caps (I surprised Mark with one for him too!):

Michelle Penley and Mark Ponzo

Here’s a closeup pic of their caps:

Give It The 3rd Finger Cap

So I am making the same offer to all college level trumpet profs… and anyone else that teaches trumpet to a “studio full of students”. If you’d like to do this, email or call me and we’ll get it all worked out for your group too.

Here’s the 3rd finger etude that Mark picked for his students to work on for the contest (click each picture for a larger view – then click your back arrow to come back to this page):

Give It The 3rd Finger - Mixolydian Mixup 1

 

Give It The 3rd Finger - Mixolydian Mixup 2

Here’s a related post of how this came about:
http://mphmusic.com/blog/music/mark-ponzo/

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and DuetsYou can get some sample pages of the 3rd finger studies plus a couple of the 3rd finger etudes/duets at this web address, if you got samples of this a while back, get the new sample version, I included a couple of different etudes/duets:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm

Once again, congratulations Michelle!

Mark Hendricks

A big “Thank You” to Mark Ponzo, Professor of Trumpet at Northern Illinois University

Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet - 101 Studies, plus Etudes and Duets
A big “Thank You” to Mark Ponzo, Professor of Trumpet at Northern Illinois University.

Mark liked my “Give It The 3rd Finger – 101 Studies, Etudes and Duets for Trumpet” book so much that he ordered 18 copies so all of his trumpet students could have their own personal copy. And he told me he added it to his required study books for trumpet.

When I talked with him on the phone I suggested he have a little contest – he picks one of the etudes and then has everybody work on it, every one performs it and the winner gets a prize… I provide a ball cap with the “Give It The 3rd Finger” name and logo. He thought it was a great idea!

So I am making the same offer to all college level trumpet profs around the country… and anyone else that teaches trumpet to a “studio full of students”. If you’d like to do this, email or call me and we’ll get it all worked out for your group too.

You can get some sample pages of the 3rd finger studies plus a couple of the 3rd finger etudes/duets at this web address, if you got samples of this a while back, get the new sample version, I included a couple of different etudes/duets:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm

Mark Ponzo’s personal website is: http://markponzo.com – give him a visit, he’s got some great info and study books there too.

See related story here, the contest winner results:
http://mphmusic.com/blog/trumpet/give-it-the-3rd-finger-contest-winner/

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

A duet from Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet

A duet from Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet

All of the studies, etudes and their matching duets target the 3rd finger to get it working right.

To download this in a free PDF visit: http://mphmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm

A duet from Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet

A duet from Give It The 3rd Finger for Trumpet