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How to Leadpipe Buzz on the trumpet
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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How to breathe, with Greg Spence
Breathing for the trumpet is a little more involved than breathing to stay alive.  When you understand how the instrument works, you will discover that using the elasticity of the body after a full breath [...]

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Improvisation and interview with Michael Finissy
This “composition” was completed for part of my BMus dissertation, however, it is not just contrived and esoteric for the sake of being so; it is part of several performances and interviews with performers who [...]

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Hang with… Jim Manley
Here are a couple of famous “trumpet hang, high note, impromptu lesson” clips. Jim Manley hanging with the incredible Brian MacDonald and talking about his use of air and playing. Warning, there are doubles and [...]

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EEb Tuba + Saxophone Mouthpiece + Jim Gourlay =
During a tuba lesson between James Gourlay and my youngest brother, Andrew Barkley (seated behind Jim), Professor Hellawell (Head of Composition at Queens’ University, Belfast) suggested that Jim try the EEb tuba with a baritone [...]

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James Gourlay: http://web.mac.com/jamesgourlay1956/ This video, if it is unclear, is demonstrating the falling 5ths in the low register of the tuba without the use of the 4th valve (which drops the pitch by a fourth). [...]

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Maurice Murphy – an anecdote by Terry Johns
On the 28th of October 2010, the brass playing world lost a legend: Maurice Murphy – former principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra (1977 – 2007) and principal/lead trumpet in many blockbuster films, such [...]

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Trumpet lesson #10: Your sound and audition techniques: 215th Army Band
The trumpet section from the 215th Army Band have put together a very informative series of videos for trumpet players. Because they are of real value for all brass musicians, these videos have been posted [...]

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Trumpet lesson #9: How to practice: 215th Army Band
The trumpet section from the 215th Army Band have put together a very informative series of videos for trumpet players. Because they are of real value for all brass musicians, these videos will be posted [...]

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Trumpet lesson #8: Daily routine: 215th Army Band
The trumpet section from the 215th Army Band have put together a very informative series of videos for trumpet players. Because they are of real value for all brass musicians, these videos will be posted [...]

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