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

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


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