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Tips For Transcribing Music
Transcribing songs from a recording is a great way for brass players to learn new music. Studying another musician’s solo teaches you not just the notes they played but the style, articulation, phrasing, and many [...]

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Interview with Bill Jones of Trumpet Design Studio
Recently, I had some work done on my Bb trumpet. I was having particular trouble with slotting and intonation in the G-to-Bb-above-the-staff area. So I sent it off to Bill Jones of Trumpet Design Studio, [...]

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Sketching (and why a first draft shouldn’t be perfect)
This isn’t a blog post about the many benefits of sketching – that’s been covered well plenty of times. This is about a particular approach to sketching that I usually employ, as do many others, [...]

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Playing changes with… Ryan Kisor
Ryan Kisor is currently playing lead trumpet for the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra (famously alongside the likes of Wynton Marsalis), but he is also a superb bop player. Have a listen! 70-410   , 1Z0-051 [...]

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Jack Stamp on Why Music Matters
Dr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music, Chairperson of the Music Department and Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. Dr. [...]

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Playing changes with… Freddie Hubbard
Firey post-bop trumpet innovator, Freddie Hubbard has recorded with the all time great players, notably on Herbie Hancock’s famous ‘Maiden Voyage’ album… Also recording with Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and with his own [...]

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Jazz chord nomenclature
This post is to deal with the commonly found symbols found in jazz; it is not exhaustive by any means. The term to refer to a system of symbols etc… is “nomenclature”. no·men·cla·ture [noh-muhn-kley-cher, -choor] –noun 1. [...]

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Is it is necessary to go to a college or a university in order to learn to be an accomplished musician?
By Bruce Chidester Many times I’m asked, “Is it is necessary to go to a college or a university in order to learn to be an accomplished musician”? I will try to explore as many [...]

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Terell Stafford, Daahoud transcription – free download!
Dear brass friends (and jazz musicians), One thing we must do to progress and improve our hearing and musical ability is to transcribe. Admittedly it is a bit of a daunting task, but little by [...]

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Don Sleet, The Hearing transcription – free download!
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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