Michael Barkley
Michael Barkley
I'm an an enthusiast trumpeter, composer, arranger and multi-instrument tutor (low brass though trumpets, guitars), keenly studying the jazz idiom.

I'm involved in several forms of luthiery; custom mouthpieces, guitars, basses and snare drums, as well as guitar repairs.
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Pentatonic or Gin and Tonic?
By Michael Barkley
Definitely partial to gin and cranberry juice with a slice of lime; it tastes like a Christmas tree. Don’t ask! Anyway.. We will be dealing with the major and minor pentatonic in this article. Five [...]

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Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm (review)
By Michael Barkley
          “Certainly one for the fans of the music of Stan Kenton, or indeed the big band jazz genre.”           Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm Portrait of [...]

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How to prepare for a gig
By Michael Barkley
So here’s a brief rundown – in 7 points – of the prep you should do before a gig. Give some wiggle room as some require different dress, or instruments. Regardless, there are some things [...]

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Don Sleet, The Hearing transcription – free download!
By Michael Barkley
Don Sleet is a bit of an unknown, or at least a well hidden jazz trumpet player. In the interests of those interested I have transcribed his solo on “The Hearing” – you can download [...]

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How to locate key-centre areas in jazz
By Michael Barkley
We are going to look at a little bit of theory in this article. Nothing heavy, just simplifying a standard tune with the following 3 tips. Locating key centres in jazz. 1. What is a [...]

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Scott Wendholt, Microcosm For Two transcription – free download!
By Michael Barkley
The solo of Scott’s that I have transcribed (found below) is from a superb album called “Unearth” by a leading modern jazz guitarist, Jonathan Kreisberg. Scott plays some wonderful solos on this album, which is [...]

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Playing changes with… Terell Stafford
By Michael Barkley
This is another video in the “playing changes with” series. Some classy post bop playing from Terell in this video. I had the privilege of meeting Terell, and he is a kind, funny and personable [...]

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An introduction to chords
By Michael Barkley
Brass players (of any genre) should learn chords; it is not just for guitarists, pianists, composers or jazz musicians. Theory first, application second. An introduction to chords – theory I like naming these ‘chords’ as [...]

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Music of the sun recorded by scientists
By Michael Barkley
Astronomers at the University of Sheffield have managed to record for the first time the eerie musical harmonies produced by the magnetic field in the outer atmosphere of the sun… this is a bit bizzare, [...]

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Star’s song captured by scientists
By Michael Barkley
Scientists have captured the ‘song’ of a distant star as part of new research that is providing insights into what lies beneath its surface. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8114694/Stars-song-captured-by-scientists.html 2V0-621D test   , 640-692 test   , 400-201 exam [...]

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