February 10, 2018 jeff lewis No comments exist

Here are four of my favorite apps I use for everyday practice; Virtual rhythm section (piano/bass/drums) to play along with. I Real Pro Metronome/Tuner/Drone for daily practice. Tonal Energy To slow down and isolate those problem areas (solos and melodies) you are trying to transcribe. Anytune Drum loops with real drum sounds to play your…

January 17, 2018 jeff lewis No comments exist

Here are a few tips for getting warmed up before that 7am band class! Mouthpiece buzzing pdf Tonguing Exercise Yamaha Silent Brass Pro Tec ML203 Liberty Trumpet Compact Aluminum Practice Mute Arbans Complete Method for Trumpet The Complete Shuebruk Tongue Trainers for Cornet or Trumpet DISCLAIMER: This description contains affiliate links, which means that if…

January 11, 2018 jeff lewis No comments exist

This episode is about the three books I like to call “Xtreme” trumpet method books that can possibly take you to the next level if your progress has stagnated physically, particularly, if you are constantly struggling with range and endurance (they tend to go hand in hand). Links; The Balanced Embouchure by Jeff Smiley Embouchure…

May 25, 2017 jeff lewis No comments exist

  Trumpet players are “different”!  We have a different set of “rules” when it comes to practice.  We have a whole set of fundamentals we like to hit on a daily basis.  Those fundamentals include; warming up, lip buzzing, breathing, mouthpiece buzzing, long tones, tone, lip slurs, scales, tonguing, multiple tonguing, range, endurance, intervals, etudes,…

May 4, 2017 jeff lewis No comments exist

[spacer height=”20px”] Everything you’ve ever learned about how to act on a gig, you learned in kindergarten.  Things like;  sharing, be nice to others, don’t say mean things, and don’t hog all the solos!  Ha!  But seriously, sometimes I think we forget why we got into playing in the first place, remember, it’s because playing…

April 11, 2017 jeff lewis No comments exist

  To buzz, or not to buzz, that is the question.  Some players swear by it and others never do it.  The question is, have you tried it and does it help you?  Personally, I am down for experimenting with any type of exercise that may help in any way shape or form.  If it…

November 6, 2016 jeff lewis No comments exist

In my opinion. your trumpet embouchure is one of the most important aspects of your playing.  Set it the “wrong” way, and you will be set to struggle for life! There are many different “types” of embouchures. Many even have names, such as, the “Farkas”, “Stevens”, “Gordon”, and “Maggio” etc. To roll in or roll…

October 31, 2016 jeff lewis No comments exist

[spacer height=”20px”] Here’s how most young trumpet players progress over time (ok, you already know, it’s how I progressed). And, it goes something like this….. It’s fourth grade, it’s time for you to choose an instrument, you really want to play drums, but realize you have to start on a pad and decide forget that!…