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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Scientists create the sound of ‘God particle’
By Michael Barkley
The LHC Sound project aims to allow physicists at Cern in Geneva to ‘listen’ to the data in order to more easily identify the crucial ‘Higgs boson’ particle. Full article. 300-075 exam   , 200-310 [...]

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Playing changes with… Chris Potter
By Michael Barkley
Chris Potter has been called the successor to the late John Coltrane – listening to this video I am sure you can appreciate why. His phrasing, harmonic ideas and activity not to mention the incredible [...]

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The importance of versatility, Roger Ingram
By Michael Barkley
Lead trumpet extrordinaire, Roger Ingram, discusses the importance of versatility in this clip. It is interesting to hear how his range was only developed out of necessity… Seriously impressive lead player! ICGB pdf   , [...]

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How to prepare for a pit show
By Michael Barkley
This is similar in nature to the ‘how to prepare for a gig’ post, with a couple other anecdotes and some more specific requirements. How to prepare for a pit show. Have you ever had [...]

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How to Leadpipe Buzz on the trumpet
By Michael Barkley
Leadpipe buzzing is beneficial as a means to find a resonance in your tone as well as to locate the feel when slotting a pitch. Here are 7 simple steps: 1. Remove your tuning slide [...]

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Artist profile: Greg Spence, Oz Trumpeter!
By Michael Barkley
Meet outstanding Aussie trumpeter, Greg Spence! We will be featuring some of his excellent teaching materials, and playing in the coming weeks, but for now, let’s welcome another great player’s contribution to BM! Over to [...]

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7 & 5?
By Michael Barkley
Sergei has been described as the “Paganini of the trumpet”. He is one of the greatest masters of the instrument to ever have lived and I urge you to listen to his recordings and concerts. [...]

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Playing changes with… Wynton Marsalis
By Michael Barkley
Here’s another in our Playing Changes series, this time with legend, Wynton [...]

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Is bigger better?
By Michael Barkley
www.michaelbarkley.com I see a little movement towards the smaller-bore horns ever since Roger Ingram and Malcolm McNab joined Jupiter and created some fabulous instruments. This article is by way of clarifying a little information regarding [...]

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My Pianist, the Cat
By Michael Barkley
I am finally getting around to the topic of aesthetics, opinion, and in fact (partly) how I classify music and what I personally think constitutes music. My Pianist, the Cat Caveat: it would be worth [...]

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