The Advancing Trumpet Player – Jeff Brandt says

May 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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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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Comments from Owen Klug about the Advancing Trombone Player

October 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

The Advancing Trombone Player – Owen Klug says this

October 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Advancing Trombone Player-cover-shadowThe Advancing Trombone Player – Owen Klug says this

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’s 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.

The Advancing Trumpet Player – Tips #1

May 30, 2016 by · 2 Comments
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The Advancing Trumpet PlayerThe Advancing Trumpet Player – Tips #1

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 minute 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 improving 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:  Advancing Trumpet Player

To get the book and more, see The Advancing Trumpet Player book

Best,
Mark Hendricks

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The Comeback Trumpet Player – Tips #3

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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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David Cooper says this about The Advancing Trumpet Player

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The Advancing Trumpet PlayerDavid Cooper says this about The Advancing Trumpet Player

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

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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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All 14 Arban Characteristic Studies played by Dorival Puccini

May 2, 2016 by · 3 Comments
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Arban 14 Studies - Dorival PucciniAll 14 Arban Characteristic Studies played by Dorival Puccini

Watch and listen to Dorival Puccini (of the Axiom Brass Quintet) play and give practice tips commentary to the 14 characteristic studies of the Arban Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet.

So you can easily follow along if you don’t have an Arban book, you can open or download the 14 Studies PDF file to print, watch, and practice these 14 studies. Or if you would like to purchase the complete Arban book for trumpet, here is one that I recommend for those who purchase my books The Comeback Trumpet Player and The Advancing Trumpet player – get Arban book.

The Advancing Trumpet Player (ATP) and The Comeback Trumpet Player (CTP) books both contain 52 lesson plans that include studies from the Arban book as one of the practice sessions. The lesson plans progressively guide you in a step-by-step and balanced practice approach that contains a few studies from each section of the Arban book to give you a complete daily practice session to steadily improve all aspects of your playing. This is not done by just going one page after another but rather by a special planned approach to working through all of the Arban book which includes ultimately playing the 14 characteristic studies as part of the plan. There are differences between the ATP and CTP books: ATP has extra emphasis in the tonality studies on multiple tonguing (TK, K, TTK, TKT) all of the scales and arpeggios, plus the ATP has a few more Full Range Studies (10 instead of 4 in the CTP). You can see full details on both books and free samples, and how to order them and other books at http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

Here’s how to watch and learn from the video below:

All 14 characteristic studies are accessible in this video player. To see all of the studies, click the top left corner where you see the three lines and little arrow. A selector window will open. You can then select which study you want to video, and then close the selector window using the X at the top right of that window.

I hope you enjoyed hearing Dorival play and also appreciated his wonderful practice tips commentary too.

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

 

 

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Wayne Johnson comments about The Advancing Trumpet Player book

April 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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

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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

April 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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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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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Full Range Studies for Trumpet

December 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Full Range Studies for TrumpetFull Range Studies for Trumpet

A complete system to develop and maintain your range, sound, endurance, and flexibility from Low F# to Double High C … and beyond! (91 pages)

The Full Range Studies for Trumpet book can be used by all trumpet players, at any level of playing. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced, comeback player, or professional – this book will be very valuable to you over the years to come.

The “FRS” system consists of 18 studies. One study of the 18 should be played every other day on a rotation basis (1, 2, 3, 4…17, 18), and three times a week is recommended. You will do the complete rotation every 6 weeks. Don’t try to play all of the studies in one day, these are meant to build you up, not beat you up.

Each study session will take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If you rest correctly during the practice session, your embouchure should feel good, not beat up. If you feel beat up then you didn’t rest enough or you went too far in the study. Only go as far in each study as you can without playing incorrectly. It does no good to practice incorrect habits.

Get more info and get your copy now here http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark Hendricks

The Advancing Trumpet Player – Quick Start Guide

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

First of all…

Congratulations on your purchase of The Advancing Trumpet Player book!

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 ATP 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 ATP book, in the first session (the Warmup Routine), just play exercises 1-4 and 17 the first week.  Then the second week add one more exercise (ie 1-5 and 17), then the third week add one more exercise (ie 1-6 and 17) and continue in this pattern until you are playing exercises 1-17 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 ATP trail).

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

NOTE: if you purchased and received ATP prior to January 14, 2016… there is a typo on page 117, Lesson #7 – Session 2.  It should just read Eb Tonality – disregard anything else in that box.

12. Have fun and enjoy the ride!

You’ll find some other ATP tips here.

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

 

 

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