Comments about The Comeback Trumpet Player from Peter Flournoy

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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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Peter Flournoy says this about The Comeback Trumpet Player

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerPeter Flournoy says this about The Comeback Trumpet Player

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

August 16, 2016 by · 1 Comment
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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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Comeback Trumpet Player Dave Dennis says this

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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerComeback Trumpet Player Dave Dennis says this

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

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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 Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips #3

May 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Comeback Trumpet Player The Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips #3

I received this note from one of our customers, and I thought others may benefit from my answers too…

I have been making some progress through the lessons but my practice time has been somewhat restricted lately. I am concerned that I will spend one session warming up and then have little to no time for further lesson progression or just practicing music. Is there an expedited warm up regimen I can use. I have seen 20 minutes plans and others.

Second what should I use as a metric or success before I move on through the parts of each lesson? No mistakes/perfect tempo,  1,2,3 mistakes? My concern with some of the Arban’s and even your practice lines is I might never play it perfectly. Or do you just play the lines once through ignoring mistakes and work to correct them the second time around?

Hope these questions make sense.
Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks, L.

And my note back to him…

Hi L.,

Try this for the warmup routine.

Do all of 1-5.  This is basically a warmup.  Get the lips vibrating, get the air moving, sound clearing, embouchure responding to tongue and slur, and some flexibility too.

Then for the other exercises (which are a daily routine to cover more areas of playing), do lines 1,3,5,7 one day, then line 1,2,4,6 the next.  This assures you are covering all of each at least a few times during the week, and shortening the time.

As far as progressing through lessons week by week….

It is really at your own pace, and how picky and tough you want to be on yourself.

I’d rather have you play things slower, with a great sound on every note, and not necessarily the whole exercise meaning you can divide it up into doing a line at a time, etc – and piece it all together over time).

For the tonality studies (section 2), this works fine, because after the first 3 months you will be doing one tonality a day as improvement and review … and your sound, playing, and technique will be improve continuously.

For section 3 (Arbans) – same things, slower with great sound and accuracy is better than fast and bad. This approach yields the best results in the shortest period of time.

A lot of what we do when we practice is build the automatic response systems required to play, and we really must slow things down to do it – kind of like a kid learning to ride a bike – lots of wobbling and falling at first, but once the balance and memory response is developed, away they go.

And just as they learn to keep their balance, and pedal and ride faster, so will you in speeding up the exercises that need to be speeded up … but always, even at quicker speeds your sound must clearly resonate the room.  Each and every note.

You can read more about how to use the book at this link:  Comeback Trumpet Player

The Comeback Trumpet Player book – click.

Best,
Mark Hendricks

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The Comeback Trumpet Player – Tonality Studies Commentary

April 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerThe Comeback Trumpet Player – Tonality Studies Commentary

Here’s some tips on each of the exercises in the Tonality Studies, kind of the what, why, and how to practice each.

The most important rule – it’s better to play slow and correct, than fast and bad. If you practice playing incorrectly, you will only reinforce incorrect playing.

An interesting thought on these tonality studies – all of the commentary below applies to each of the tonalities, but what you will find is in each of the tonalities, each of the exercises will present different challenges due to range, fingerings, intonation, aperture, tongue levels, etc.

#1 – Believe or not, this is an interval study. Yes, the interval you on working on is the chromatic 1/2 step. Strive to have each and every note resonate clearly. Blow through the valves and out into the room. Get your tone to match on each note. Take your time, don’t rush. Think of this as a long tone study and move the air through the whole exercise. When tonguing, connect each note to the next, leave no space between the notes. Full value notes, not staccato. It’s all one long tone, your tongue is just articulating the beginning of each pitch.

#2 – Play with a full sound, not loud, just full. Once again this is all one long tone. Be sure you are not sliding between notes to get to the next note, it’s either one note or the other. Minimize the movement of your face and jaw as much as possible, use the beginning note as the homebase for your embouchure as you move through this exercise.

#3 – When first learning the scales, it’s okay to play one measure and the downbeat of the next. Then play the 2nd measure and the downbeat of the next, and so on. Once you have that, then you can string all of the meaures together as written. Keep the air moving, don’t stop the air at the valves, resonate the room with your tone. End the first half of the exercise with a full tone note, let it really sing. Practice using all articulations, never staccato. Connect each note to the next, keep the air moving, your tongue is only there to start the next note, there should be no separation. As soon as possible, commit all scales to memory, close your eyes and play the scales. Get to the point where you see the key signature, the starting and ending notes, and just play.

#4 – Practicing these slowly is good, focus on getting your fingers to work at the correct time. You may wish to repeat each two bar phrase. Make sure to keep the air moving past the values and resonate the room with each note. Match the tone quality on each note.

#5, 6, 7 – When first learning the scales, it’s okay to play one measure and the downbeat of the next. Then play the 2nd measure and the downbeat of the next, and so on. Once you have that, then you can string all of the meaures together as written. Keep the air moving, don’t stop the air at the valves, resonate the room with your tone. End the first half of the exercise with a full tone note, let it really sing. Practice using all articulations, never staccato. Connect each note to the next, keep the air moving, your tongue is only there to start the next note, there should be no separation. As soon as possible, commit all scales to memory, close your eyes and play the scales. Get to the point where you see the key signature, the starting and ending notes, and just play.

#8 –  When first learning the two octave chromatic scale, you may want to play the lower octave up and back down. Then play the upper octave up and back down. Use all articulations indicated. Then once you have that, put it all together as a two octave chromatic scale. Keep the air moving, stay relaxed as you ascend, there is no need to tighten up, just let the notes come out.

#9 – Play with a full singing style sound. Make this study as musically beautiful as you possibly can. Resonate the room with a full and relaxed sound.

#10 – Each note needs to speak clearly. Don’t make them too short, each note should resonate. Be sure to play this one three times, and get it to sound great the first time through it.

#11 – Once again, think of this as one long tone, it’s one stream of air, but the pitch changes each beat. No separation between notes, no sliding between notes. Listen closely to your intonation, know ahead of time the pitch center of the note you are about to play, then play that note right in it’s most resonant center.  Use all indicated articulations so you learn to come into the notes from every which way.

#12 – When you first learn this one, practice it single tongue to develop the tongue and finger coordination. Then play with the double tongue articulation. It’s okay to slow down the double tongue to make sure your T and K tone quality matches. You must keep the air moving through the T-K that is going on, don’t back off the air flow on the K syllable. Each note should resonate and speak clearly.

#13 – Each note should flow into the next one. You may want to also practice this all slurred so that you get the feeling of it all being one long tone, then go back and add the slur-two tongue-two articulation. Make this sound effortless.

#14/15 – Play full value sixteeth notes, don’t try to play them short, they’re already short. Connect each note to the next, with the tongue only activating to define the beginning of the notes. Use all indicated articulations.

#16/17 – Practice this slowly and memorize it. Get the feel for the free air flow up and down the arpeggio. Make it sound easy and effortless. Stay relaxed as you ascend and descend. Use all indicated articulations.

#18 – When you first learn this one, practice it single tongue to develop the tongue and finger coordination. Then play with the triple tongue articulations. It’s okay to slow down the triple tongue to make sure your T and K tone quality matches. You must keep the air moving through the TTK and TKT that is going on, don’t back off the air flow on the K syllable. Each note should resonate and speak clearly.

#19 – Playing these slowly is just fine. You are after accuracy and tone quality. You can learn these by playing two beats at a time ending on the next downbeat, then start on that note and do the same, two beats and end on the next downbeat. Then go back and put it all together. Use all indicated articulations.

#20 – Just as in the two octave chromatic study, when first learning the two octave whole tone scale, you may want to play the lower octave up and back down. Then play the upper octave up and back down. Use all articulations indicated. Then once you have that, put it all together as a two octave whole tone scale. Keep the air moving, stay relaxed as you ascend, there is no need to tighten up, just let the notes come out. The whole tone scale will force you to hear the center of the next pitch so you can resonate the tone as soon as you play it.

#21 – Learn these augmented arpeggios one measure at a time, play a measure and end on the next downbeat. Start on the second measure and end on the next downbeat, and so on. Get the sound of these augmented chords in your head so you know where you are going with the pitch of each note so it resonates the room when you play each one. Once you have this, string the whole study together as one. Use all indicated articulations. Keep that air moving, it’s all one long tone. And resonate the room with every note.

#22 – Take your time, play it slowly. Rest between each section. Go for a full and beautiful singing sound, each note is clear and resonates the room. Match the tone quality of one note to the next, each note connects without break to the next. Use all indicated articulations.

If you don’t have a copy of The Comeback Trumpet Player book, get full details here:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

 

 

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The Comeback Trumpet Player – Warmup Routine Commentary

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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerThe Comeback Trumpet Player – Warmup Routine Commentary

Here’s some tips on each of the exercises in the Warmup Routine, kind of the what, why, and how to practice each.

When you first start using the book, in the first session (the Warmup Routine), just play exercises 1-4 and 16 the first week.  Then the second week add one more exercise (ie 1-5 and 16), then the third week add one more exercise (ie 1-6 and 16) and continue in this pattern until you are playing exercises 1-16 of the Warmup Routine daily.  If at any time the additional added exercise is not to your liking (still difficult) at the end of the practice week, then stay with that routine for another week or so until you it becomes easier for you.

#1 – The breath attack on the first note G of each set is to let your lips know that when you release the air stream you really want your lips to vibrate and instantly create your sound. Be sure to have your air pressure in place before starting the sound, the sound should start instantly. Exhale, inhale, release, resonate the room with your sound.

Match the tone color of the fingered notes to the open G sound. As you move your way down and up the scale, match the tone quality of each note to the others. Because you are using different valve combinations the tone quality will change, it’s up to you to make minor adjustments to get the tone quality to match note for note. Make sure to not slide the pitch from one to another, the pitch of each note should happen instantly. Keep the air moving through the valve changes. Always fill the room with your sound. Resonate the room.

Take the horn off your lips after each fermata. Rest as long as you just played. Note that each line of this exercise gets longer in length, learn to regulate your air flow, in and out.  After you’re done, rest at least two minutes, more is good.

#2 – Now we add the tongue attack (T) on the notes.  Get those first two eighth notes to resonate the room, they should not be staccato, just a full eighth note. By resonate the room, I don’t mean loud, rather get the feeling that you are filling the room with your sound to all the corners of the room and you can hear it coming back to you. This is not echo. It is you exciting the air in the room with your playing. Always, no matter what you are playing, resonate the room.

In measure two, three and four, connect the notes, do not slide between the notes. The note pitches are one or another, little notches of tone. Keep the air moving, think of everything as one long tone. Rest as marked.

#3 – Match the tone quality of each note, the fingered lower neighbor tone, the slur up, the fingered lower neighbor tone, the slur up, the fingered upper neighbor tone, the slur down, the fingered upper neighbor tone, and the slur down and hold. Keep the air moving, it’s all one long tone, just the pitches you play are different. Resonate the room.

#4 – Going from note 1 to note 2, it’s either the Db or the Bb, there is no Gb in the middle (same on the other valve combinations on the first two notes).  Then keep the air moving and slur down and up without sliding from note to note. Listen to yourself closely, each note has it’s pitch and tone quality, match them and smooth out any glitches.  All one long tone, resonate the room.

#5 – Go for a full singing sound as you play this one. Keep the open, relaxed feeling of the low notes as you ascend to the higher notes. Keep your concentration up after the top note and descend gracefully all the way down and hold. No sliding between notes.

#6 – Get the tempo of the sixteenth notes in your mind before you begin. Play the first two notes with a resonate sound even though they are eighth notes. Play the slurred sixteenth notes evenly and smoothly, no sliding allowed.  When you land on the half note it should be stable and steady with a resonate sound holding it full value and then slur down without sliding to the next note and then slur down without sliding to the next note and hold, then rest.

#7 – It’s all one long tone, you are just changing pitches along the way. Match the tone quality pitch to pitch, especially the top note of the sets, keep the air moving all the way up and back down. No sliding, each note counts, each note resonates the room.

#8 – Get the tempo of the sixteenth notes in your mind before you begin. Play the first two notes with a resonate sound even though they are eighth notes. Play the slurred sixteenth notes evenly and smoothly, no sliding allowed.  When you land on the half note it should be stable and steady with a resonate sound holding it full value and then slur down without sliding to the next note and then slur down without sliding to the next note and hold, then rest.

#9/10 – Once again, it’s all one long tone. Keep the air moving in a steady flow from first note through the last note. There should only be the notes heard that are written, no little extra notes when you slur up between notes 3 and 4. It’s okay to practice this slowly to get the feeling of the air flow, and the continuous resonating of the room with your sound. Give a little special attention to the next to last note of the phrase, it’s a little “curve ball” thrown at you to get you to change your valves quickly and have the note speak clearly, still with the same tone quality as the other notes.

#11 – Get the tempo of the sixteenth notes in your mind before you begin. Play the first two notes with a resonate sound even though they are eighth notes. Play the slurred sixteenth notes evenly and smoothly, no sliding allowed.  When you land on the half note it should be stable and steady with a resonate sound holding it full value and then slur down without sliding to the next note and then slur down without sliding to the next note and hold, then rest.

#12 – Go for a full singing sound as you play this one. Keep the open, relaxed feeling of the low notes as you ascend to the higher notes. Keep your concentration up after the top note and descend gracefully all the way down and hold. No sliding between notes.

#13 – Wow, look at all of those Db notes. That 1-2-3 valve combination is the longest your trumpet gets, and it takes a little more concentration to get your horn to speak compared to other notes, and it’s up to you to make this happen. This study helps you learn how to match the tone quality going from longest to all the other valve combinations too, plus make it happen over a few different overtone partials. Be sure to do all of the articulations, this assures you are approaching this issue from every which way to get your chops working efficiently.  And remember, it’s all one long tone.  Oh, and… resonate the room.

#14/15 – Full length sixteenth notes, don’t try to play staccato, they are already short notes.  Resonate each one, every note counts, no fluffs accepted. Match the tone quality each note to the others, listen closely to the intonation of each note so you are playing the middle of the pitch when you attack the note. Keep reminding yourself that it’s all one long tone, the air keeps moving all the way from the first note through the last note. Get used to using that 3rd valve slide to get that Db in tune, it needs to be out for the Db and D, and for the 2-3 combinations (Eb and Ab) it’s in.  You can leave it out on anything other than 2-3, no airflow is going out the 3rd valve tubing if you don’t have the 3rd valve pushed down.

#16 – Go for a relaxed and resonate sound. Fill the room with your sound, not loud, just resonate.

If you don’t have a copy of The Comeback Trumpet Player yet, get details here:

http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

 

 

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Dave Ramsey – The Comeback Trumpet Player

April 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerDave Ramsey – 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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Dave Ramsey writes about The Comeback Trumpet Player

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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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Chuck Seipp talks about Mark’s books

February 16, 2016 by · 3 Comments
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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

February 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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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Transposition for Trumpet Players

January 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Concone Studies for TrumpetTransposition for Trumpet Players

Transposition for trumpet players is expected.

So if you haven’t already learned how to do this, get going.

If you have learned, it’s something that does get a little rusty unless you do it a little every day or so.

Here’s how to learn and master the skill of transposition for trumpet players…

Get this book:

Concone Studies: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/concone

Then work through it one by one…. first play as written, no transposition – just to get the tunes in your head – and assuming you are starting all of this on your Bb trumpet .

Then begin the transposing the studies for C trumpet…. A trumpet …  D trumpet… Eb…. F…. etc. (see transposition guide below).

This will work on transposition plus music phrasing, tone, air, etc.

It’s also good to get a church hymnal book (4 part harmony on two staves), and learn to transpose the top two parts (treble clef), and for a little more challenge learn to do it from the bass clef parts too 🙂 … if you ever play in church, knowing how to do this will really come in handy.

A more advanced book or two…

Bordogni: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/bordogni

Caffarelli: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/caffarelli

Start with the Concone Studies and church hymnal book.  🙂

Transposition Guide (you may already know this):

If you have a Bb Trumpet in your hands…

If the part is in Bb trumpet, then play it as written

If the part is in C trumpet, then play up 1 whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in A trumpet, then play down 1 half step (minor 2nd)

If the part is in D trumpet, then play up a major 3rd

If the part is in Eb trumpet, then play up a perfect 4th

If the part is in E trumpet, then play up a tritone

If the part is in F trumpet, then play up a perfect 5th

If the part is in G trumpet, then play up a major sixth

If the part is in Ab trumpet, then play down 1 whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in B trumpet, then play up 1 half step (minor 2nd)

If you have a C trumpet in your hands….

If the part is in Bb trumpet, then play it down a whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in C trumpet, then play it as written

If the part is in A trumpet, then play down a minor 3rd

If the part is in D trumpet, then play up a whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in Eb trumpet, then play up a minor 3rd

If the part is in E trumpet, then play up a major 3rd

If the part is in F trumpet, then play up a perfect 4th

If the part is in G trumpet, then play up a perfect 5th

If the part is in Ab trumpet, then play down major 3rd

If the part is in B trumpet, then play down 1 half step (minor 2nd)

One way to approach transposition is to know what note number of the scale you are looking at on the page. Such as in the key of C, the note F is the fourth note (4). So if you were playing a Bb trumpet and you see the page showing the key signature of C and it is a C trumpet part, you would play a G, which is the fourth note of a D scale. D is one whole step above the written key signature of C.

That’s why it’s really, really good to practice and know from memory all of your scales, arpeggios, etc. — the books on this page link will prove to be very valuable to you over the years (hint: get going now 🙂 ) –  See The Advancing Trumpet Player, The Comeback Trumpet Player, All The Notes and More!… at: http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark

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

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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

Skype Lessons with Mark Hendricks

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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SkypeSkype Lessons with Mark Hendricks

The great thing about the internet is how it makes it possible for me to serve people all over the world.

If you have an interest in studying music with me, whether it be trumpet lessons, composing/arranging, jazz improvisation for any instrument, or general music theory… you can contact me and we will do a free 30 minute session just to see if I can help you (this can be done on Skype or the telephone).

If you find that the time we spend together has been valuable, then we can set up a scheduled time we meet by way of Skype each week.

Click this link for more details: http://mphmusic.com/skype

And you can read more about my background and experience here: http://mphmusic.com/about.htm

 

 

 

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Hey Trumpet Players – here’s a great freebie for you!

December 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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FreeHey Trumpet Players – here’s a great freebie for you!

(updated as of 12/21/15 – download again for the newest version)

It’s the Trumpet Players Sample Pack.

These are sample studies and exercises from our books for trumpet you can add to your practice routines. And if you like them, we’re guessing you’ll want to purchase the complete print books too.

Here’s how to get the Trumpet Players Sample Pack, click this link and see the top of the page:

http://www.mphmusic.com/trumpet

Oh, one other thing…Be sure to check out out blog for lots of videos, event
updates and more at:http://www.mphmusic.com/blog
And also LIKE our Facebook page at:http://www.facebook.com/mphmusicdotcom

You can share this message with your friends,
I know they will appreciate you thinking of them.

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

The Comeback Trumpet Player – Quick Start Guide

December 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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The Comeback Trumpet PlayerThe Comeback Trumpet Player – Quick Start Guide

First of all…

Congratulations on your comeback!

You’re embarking on a great journey complete with challenges and rewards…  frustrations and fun too!

Here’s a few tips on getting starting using the CTP book:

1. Read the written materials in the front of the book during your rest time within your practice sessions, let the information there really sink in (read it many, many times).

2. When you first start using the CTP book, in the first session (the Warmup Routine), just play exercises 1-4 and 16 the first week.  Then the second week add one more exercise (ie 1-5 and 16), then the third week add one more exercise (ie 1-6 and 16) and continue in this pattern until you are playing exercises 1-16 of the Warmup Routine daily.  If at any time the additional added exercise is not to your liking (still difficult) at the end of the practice week, then stay with that routine for another week or so until you it becomes easier for you.

3. Always rest as much as you play DURING your practice sessions, not just between your practice sessions. You should still feel fresh at the end of the practice sessions, if not then rest more during the session. You don’t get better by playing incorrectly on beat up chops. Always strive to practice correctly. When you perform or rehearse with others, just play (your correct practice habits will be with you).

4. It’s really okay to play the tonality studies S-L-O-W-L-Y. Go for air flow (think of each exercise as one continuous long tone of air), resonant sound on every note (fill the room with your sound, no matter the length of the note), clean attack and articulations, etc. What you are wanting to do with slow practice is to give your body a chance to learn to coordinate all of the “moving parts” of trumpet playing so that it becomes second nature (subconscious reflexes) and carries forward into the study when you incrementally speed it up to quicker tempo.

5. Practice all of the articulations notated (ie S, T, K, TK, TTK, TKT, Breath). This will get your embouchure learning to play each note in every which way and whatever direction.

6. When playing from the tonalities section, or the Arban’s studies section, or any other thing you practice… it’s okay to practice one measure at a time, or even two beats at a time, or whatever. You can always string things back together and play longer stretches of music as you get better. It’s more important to play correctly for short periods, than incorrectly for long periods of time.

7. In the fourth session of the lessons, play as musically as you can. Those short little songs in the Arban book are full of twists and turns that really can give your chops a good workout and get you playing with finesse, and if you do them as I prescribe, your chops will feel fresh at the end of that session. Follow the instructions in the fourth session on how to alternate in the full range studies a few days a week also.

8. Always strive to play with the best tone possible. That’s what people hear, so why not be aware of it all the time when you practice. If you really sound great, chances are you are playing correctly. Always be thinking to resonate the room, not just the horn. This is not loudness volume, this is resonance. You will hear the room “feed back” the sound to your ears when you get it right. This is not echo. It is more of a thickness of your sound in the air that resonates while you play.

9. Always strive to make your practicing sound musical – make music, that’s the ultimate end game, so do it all along the way too.

10. Consider taking some lessons, either locally with a good instructor, or with me via Skype (yes, it really does work well, and I am very, very good at coaching you along your comeback trail).

11. Contact some local ensembles and get going on playing with others (see this page for ideas).

12. Have fun and enjoy the ride!

You’ll find some other CTP tips here.

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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

 

 

10 Health Benefits to Playing a Brass Instrument

November 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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10 Health Benefits to Playing a Brass Instrument

Here’s an interesting article, and gives some real good reasons to keep playing that brass instrument (and most any instrument too)…

From the article…

Trumpets, horns, tubas, euphoniums galore! Blowing your lungs into a brass instruments creates a melody of sounds that are both aesthetically pleasing to listen to on their own and simultaneously instrumental to music bands as a whole. But that’s not the only great thing about brass instruments!

Here is Health Fitness Revolution’s top 10 health benefits of playing a brass instrument (continue read at this link) …

http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/10-health-benefits-playing-brass-instrument/

And here’s some things to keep you busy playing for years to come…

For trumpet players

For trombone players

Keep playing!

Mark

 

Ruben Simeo – this young man REALLY plays the trumpet

November 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Ruben SimeoRuben Simeo – this young man REALLY plays the trumpet

Here’s two of his videos, just amazing playing…

(you can see more of him at his youtube channel)

And check out all of the trumpet study books that can help you too – All The Notes and More… The Advancing Trumpet Player… The Comeback Trumpet Player… Give It The 3rd Finger… Daily Stuff… 49 Long-Lost Arban Duets for Trumpet at http://www.mphmusic.com/trumpet-music.htm – you can get some free samples of them all.

Enjoy! — Mark

Clifford Brown Practice Session

November 1, 2015 by · 1 Comment
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Clifford Brown PracticingClifford Brown Practice Session

Have you ever wondered how great jazz improvisers make it sound so easy and effortless?

In this video clip, Clifford Brown reveals all.

(just listen closely as he practices)

And listen to the interview too.

You can get some of his solo transcriptions to study and practice here:

http://www.mphmusic.com/go/cliffordbrownsolos

Enjoy!

Mark

PS – hint… disciplined practice.

The Advancing Trumpet Player

September 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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The Advancing Trumpet PlayerThe Advancing Trumpet Player

Get your copy of this trumpet study book today…

It’s a complete step-by-step system that includes everything you need to build your embouchure, tone, technique, flexibility, tonguing, endurance, range, and musicianship. Written for those trumpet players who are ready to achieve the highest levels of playing their horn.

The “ATP” system consists of four sessions per day: warm-up, tonality study, Arban’s book studies, and endurance/range/musicianship studies. This will take approximately two hours per day divided into four sessions, with breaks in between. Don’t try to play all of the assignments in one session, you really do need the rest to keep your embouchure fresh all day and ready again for the next day.

If you cannot commit to two hours per day, then go with one hour per day and play every other exercise in the lessons on day one, then on day two play the ones you skipped, on day three alternate back to the ones you played on day one, and so on back and forth throughout the week. And spend two weeks on each lesson instead of one week, or longer if needed, when using this pattern.

The Advancing Trumpet Player has additional emphasis on multiple tongue articulations in the tonality studies that builds more strength, endurance, and agility all over the horn, and has six more full range studies than The Comeback Trumpet Player book. The ATP is really designed for those who really want to step up their game and master all registers of the trumpet.

Get more info and order your copy of The Advancing Trumpet Player now at:

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

Best,

Mark

Skype lessons with Mark – comments from Ralph Marks

The Comeback Trumpet PlayerHere’s some comments I received from Ralph Marks regarding the trumpet lessons we did over Skype… Ralph’s been playing for decades and never stopped along the way, so some may not consider him a “Comeback Trumpet Player” but he did purchase “The Comeback Trumpet Player” book and we used it in our lessons along with some other materials I created for him to practice too.

Here’s Ralph…

Thanks LOADS Mark.

Yes, I thought our time was valuable and helpful in terms of knowing what needs to be done and how it needs to be done to increase one’s skill level.

Like an athlete needs to keep honing his skills and keep them sharp, you’ve been helpful, Mark, in giving me a perspective of where I’d like to get…in terms of sound, consistency, air flow, control, and resonance…and how to fine tune those skills and incorporate them into my playing style.

Oftentimes, we play notes and take the rest of that for granted. Thanks for helping me again to focus on not only playing notes, but playing MUSIC and making MUSIC.

In addition to the book The Comeback Trumpet Player, I also appreciated the added exercises you made available to me right in the middle of the Skype lesson. That was ADDED VALUE to your commentary.

One final thing: the explanation of why we do it this way was helpful, and a reminder to not only play exercises, but play them correctly (and often slowly) to get the desired results.

Thanks for the four weeks of lessons. I’ll be back again after a little break and I work on some of these things.

And oh, thanks for being “picky”.

Ralph Marks
Brass From the Past
West Lawn, PA

Mark here again…

If you’d like to consider having lessons with me as your coach via Skype (it’s really easy to do), click on over to this page for more info…

http://www.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

The Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips #2

The Comeback Trumpet PlayerThe Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips #2

Some good questions from Jim…

Q1:  For the first “Lesson #1-12”  under session “2” Tonality Study,  it asks me to choose a Track and stick with it for the first 12 lessons.  —   does this mean for 12 days?  12 days for each of the first 12 lessons?

A1: For Track 1 (building range from the bottom up), stick with one tonality for session 2 of each of the lessons 1 through 12. So session 2 for the first lesson would be G…. session 2 for the second lesson would be Ab…. session 2 for the 3rd lesson would be A… and so on through lesson 12….  Each lesson taking one week or two (or longer), depending on your progress.   At lesson 13, you can start doing one tonality per day as a review and maintenance – just work straight through the book starting with the C tonality study, then F… Bb… Eb… and so on – and then loop back and go through the cycle again and again.

Q2:  Under “Lesson #1, Session 2” again  where the book describes the Tracks, It states Track 1 will build the range from bottom up – G Ab A Bb B…etc.. But the track 1 series of pages is only written in key of G.  I see no progression?

A2: Track 1 equals one week (or two) on the G tonality study…. then Ab tonality study…. then A…. then Bb… and so on… to F#… thus building the range from the bottom up.

If your lower range is difficult, the optional way is to do Track 2. Start with the C tonality study for a week (or two)…. then B tonality study… then Db… Bb… D… A… Eb… Ab… E… G… F… F#  –  you will build your range in both directions with Track 2

Feel comfortable in contacting me with any CTP questions, and I will write back to you and post the answers for all the CTP Gang to see and benefit also.

And if you wish, I am available for Skype lessons http://mphmusic.com/skype

Thanks.

Mark

Four trumpet books on sale now

March 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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We’ve got four great trumpet books on sale right now at a 20% discount.

And you can see some free sample pages from each of them at the website page.

ALL THE NOTES AND MORE for TrumpetAll The Notes and More!

70 studies in each of the 12 tonalities designed to help you develop and maintain your tone, tonguing, technique, flexibility, endurance, range, and more no matter what styles you play. In it you will practice and master all kinds of scales and arpeggios in all ranges of your instrument. They are the necessary building blocks of music, and all top performers have them ingrained into their playing so they can perform at the highest levels of musicianship.

 

 

 

FORTY-NINE LONG LOST ARBAN DUETS FOR TRUMPET (...that Arban never wrote!)49 Arban Duets for Trumpet (…that Arban never wrote!)

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 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.

 

 

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

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 😉

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.

 

The Comeback Trumpet PlayerThe Comeback Trumpet Player

The Comeback Trumpet Player book can be used by all trumpet players – whether you’ve laid-off 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years, and especially 20 years or more this book will get you in shape and keep you in shape too.

The “CTP” system consists of four sessions per day: warm-up, tonality study, Arban’s book studies, and endurance/range/musicianship studies. This will take approximately two hours per day divided into four sessions, with breaks in between. Don’t try to play all of the assignments in one session, you really do need the rest to keep your embouchure fresh all day and ready again for the next day.

Take a look and let your buddies know too at:

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

And be sure to check our blog for updates, like the four terrific Trumpet Festivals that are coming up soon, see this page for details:

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

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

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