How To Quickly Improve Your Playing

“What you’ve described in a matter of a few eloquently simple videos explains to a tee what I’ve been struggling with for 35+ years. Tension in the throat, face, neck, back and more. Amazing way that you’ve put so many great teacher’s key elements together combined with all your analysis and experiences into a message that resonates so strongly.”

 

Hello, I’m Greg Spence. I’ve been the Dancing with the Stars lead trumpeter for more than 10 years; I’m an internationally renowned brass and wind educator, and Yamaha Artist.

 

I’ve made it my mission to expose and explode the brass-playing myths that are holding you back—even the ones you didn’t even realise have a strangle-hold on you.

 

 

And I’ve got some GREAT NEWS. I’ve been working tirelessly for the last 3 years to create WindWorks…the most comprehensive 6-level interactive brass and wind instrument learning platform ever developed. For over 10 years, thousands of students in over 100 countries have used and loved my book-based learning program Mystery to Mastery. WindWorks massively expands on my MTM (more about all that later!).

 

About Skill Acquisition

To get better at any skill, you have to knuckle down and get super-conscious about HOW you do something. I believe in seamless change, so you’ll learn new techniques so that your old and bad habits just disappear. They’ll get replaced without you realising it.

 

All you have to do is follow my system.

You’re in for an awakening, a new education, and opening the doors to much better, easier and satisfying trumpeting (or other wind) experience.

 

Finding this website could be that moment in your life where everything changes.

With enough consciously directed practice (that you’ll find on this website as both free and paid resources) you’ll develop the subconscious competence to make your playing automatically good.

Let me put it this way. At the moment, in all likelihood, some part of your playing is already automatically bad’ (or at least not optimal).

 

 

My lessons harness the power of Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic (or practical) means to SIMPLY and EASILY demonstrate how 99% of players approach their playing the wrong way.

And because your breath (The Body’s Concert Hall) is the key to playing, I recommend some amazing tools which will help you develop the right skills away from your instrument.

Train your brain and body what to do using the WINDPRODUCTS.

 

You’ll find these WindProducts in a special kit I have assembled here. Your WindProducts kit is a powerful way to help you overcome old, futile habits. In other words, wouldn’t you appreciate knowing how to transform energy into clear and beautiful sound, without blowing your eyes right out of your head?  You’ll experience the correct, powerful sensations away from the instrument and learn how to move air efficiently; how to eliminate the destructive habits of clamping the lips; and how to STOP forcing the air.

Lessons 24/7

Being an online learning platform, you’ll be able to access your eBooks, Windworks lessons, exercises and video tutorials 24/7 and from practically anywhere.

 

Pro Tip: Watch the video below for information about the Leadpipe and how it alone can drastically improve your playing.

This is just one of the many amazing FREE videos you will find in the Largo Status Stage of the WindWorks course.
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“Hi Greg, the leadpipe came. As I said before, the problem with my throat was between the mouthpiece and the trumpet. So, I figured the leadpipe was the answer I have been looking for. After using the leadpipe for a few minutes, I was able to play a few notes on my trumpet without any throat problems. God bless you! Because of something that costs $49.95, I am now able to play my horns (that were quite expensive), that have been sitting idle for quite some time. I know I am not out of the woods yet, but it is such a relief to know I am on the right track. I can’t thank you enough. And I will be ordering your courses in the near future.You are the man!”
Sincerely, Carlo Berto

 

Using the leadpipe has many physical and psychological benefits:

     1. You can experiment with and implement new sensations and ideas.  As an observer in observer mode (see below), simply watch and experience what happens, no matter what the outcome.  Does a sympathetic vibration happen or is there no sound?  It doesn’t matter, just watch and learn.  Experiment like the F1 Mercedes team.  #efficiencywinsraces

 

     2. Unlike your instrument, there are no predetermined pitches on the leadpipe.   Playing your instrument creates a burden of expectation to hit the right note.  This expectation, driven by the ego or an impatient teacher creates anxiety and eliminates correct process reducing efficiency.

 

     3. Leadpipe practise encourage sympathetic oscillation and freedom of pitch (SHAPE) change without engaging the body’s innate desire to engage the air support muscles.

 

Do yourself a very big favor and read Zen in the Art of Archery 

 

Your problem is probably not where you think it is.

Can’t get a good sound? With normal teaching theory, you’ll be asked to blow harder.

Do you remember when you first started?

I do. I can remember that instinctive desire to force the sound.  

The hardest challenge I will have is making you believe you can play with freedom, without fighting the instrument.

Along the way I will uncover the very issues that stop 90% of players advancing, and have literally even ended careers.

But above all, I’ll show you how easy each and every problem is to solve, with a bit of practice.

Everyone, INCLUDING YOU, can play like the pros!

“The pin has finally dropped Greg, you legend!!! I’ve been playing professionally for 13 years and have all the tutor books. Maggio, Schlossberg, Stamp etc!!! As you demonstrated in your vids; relaxed, supple and puckered chops coincided with aperture control is working wonders. A tight and sometimes impossible extreme register is now secure and growing by the day! Spreading the word!!! Cheers”.  Steven K. Massachusetts

 

I have a mission and that’s to take your trumpet playing to the next level … and FAST.

In fact, my system will help you play

EASIER and BETTER and with FASTER RESULTS than with any other method.

I stake my reputation on it.

 

How can I say that?

I am not belittling the multitude of popular exercise methods out there.  I am simply saying that the process behind playing these methods is usually ineffective.  Therefore, it doesn’t matter what exercises you play.

 

When you build skills (in anything) you not only have to do things the right way but you have to learn how to completely BYPASS the mistakes you’re probably already making. So …

With my simple, effective and proven techniques you’ll:

Break through your learning plateau. And you’ll improve fast. Your playing will soar instead of stagnate and you’ll leave traditional players in your dust.

Join thousands of my students from all over the world (100+ countries)

Develop efficient playing habits from DAY ONE

Practise specially designed Mystery to Mastery exercises

Avoid the many traps and common problems facing most players

 Play more easily and have a better sound all over your instrument

Follow Easy-to-Understand, Step-by-Step instruction

Be a much more confident player with greater range, endurance, flexibility and overall ability

 

Don’t get stuck doing the same thing over and over again and hope for a better result. My decades of experience teaching these invaluable tools, techniques and exercises shows me that you have to go back to the root cause. Take a different approach. A tweak of the old to create a totally new, EASY, clear and resonant sound. Easier than you could ever imagine.

 

This is another of the many amazing videos you will find in the Adagio Status Stage of the WindWorks course.
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The Instrument Plays You!?

This may strike you as a rather obscure concept but understanding and applying it will open your sound and reduce over-blowing.  When you learn about the Body’s Air Column and how it vibrates/oscillates, your approach to playing will be transformed forever.

 

Have you ever been told…?

  • To hold your belly like you are about to be punched?
  • To blow harder?
  • That you have to have big lungs or a big stature to play your instrument?
  • That mouthpiece buzzing is important for practice and it’s an indispensable skill?

 

If you’re like 99.9% of students who force their breath to make their instrument make a sound (brass, woodwind or even voice), then I am going to rock your world, bust some myths and make it easier for you.

 

Let me show you how to… blowing your brains out!

 

“Greg, when I came back from Vietnam in 1972 I tried playing the trumpet again after 4 years of military service. I practised 3 times a day and got to a point where I couldn’t even produce a sound. My teacher couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I thought I had done permanent damage. I thought I would never be able to play the trumpet again. Thanks to your videos and lesson books I’m once again just starting to play and couldn’t be happier. I’m now working in gold medal stage. I can’t thank you enough for all the knowledge you’ve passed along. I’m 67 years old and looking forward to getting better each day on the trumpet. Thanks so much for the work you do.” Peter Z Santa Rosa California

Over the years I have met (face-to-face and online) countless unhappy and frustrated players. People who’ve wasted hours practising; students who’ve reached a plateau and just can no longer improve.

 

Peter (see above) was being taught in the classic way hundreds of thousands of musicians have been taught. Somehow, if you have “big lungs” and can “push hard” and even “hold your stomach like you’re about to be punched” then you’ll master your instrument.

 

It’s just completely and utterly wrong.

 

If you talk to someone who is really a master of their instrument, they’ll tell you the sound just comes, that it’s easy and they are ‘in the zone’.

Yet, these same people often can’t put words to the very thing they have mastered. Because their ease is often an unconscious skill and they cannot quite express EXACTLY how they’re doing it, and how you’re supposed to do it.  So, it’s almost as if they’re clutching at straws hoping you’ll ‘get it’ too.

This is why so many teachers tell you to tense up your abdomen and blow hard.  Meanwhile, you’ll watch them and notice how unforced and natural their playing is.

 

And this is precisely why I’m here. My mission is to help you, whether you’re a teacher, professional, performer or student of any level.

 

Quite simply, WindWorks is the new, improved and extended Mystery to Mastery course which breaks new ground and will take you and your playing to a new level…guaranteed.* I teach you how to shift your focus to the right things. Your playing WILL be better when you follow my system…it’s my solemn promise.

* um…if you follow my instructions and go through the processes I outline in detail!

I’ll teach you…

  • How your mind, body and the instrument work together, and
  • How you can make every minute of your practise routine productive.

MYSTERY TO MASTERY isn’t just for trumpet players.
It’s a breakthrough program for any wind student… seriously.

 

You might be one of the many thousands who come to my website to watch the free lessons. Thank you so much. I know you’ll get a lot out of them.

Are you missing the point? (or, we could call this bit…how to ignore your ego and put the effort in where it counts!)

I do know that SOME of you might think some of the exercises I’ll teach you are beneath you or too simplistic. But stick with it. I promise you if you really listen to what I’m saying and really learn the intention, your playing will transform itself.

It will be like turning on a light and everything…
and I mean everything will change for you.

Some students don’t flick that switch straight away. Some take a few days, weeks or sometimes more, to click and “get it”.

I like to use a tennis metaphor when I teach. When you talk to ANY grand slam tennis player and ask them what it takes to get better, what do they say?

Well, I can tell you what they DON’T say.

They NEVER say: “I practise all the tricky shots.”

Uh uuuhhh No No No. They say: “I go back to the basics.”

And that’s where we’ll start together. Right back on the classic “serve”; your “forehand” and your “backhand” of playing.

Be careful you do not judge what I’m saying based on what you think you know. Remember, it’s old thinking that got you here in the first place. It’s hard to let go and admit there’s another way. You need to let go of that prejudgement otherwise you might miss the lesson.

So…you’ll apply the NEW techniques I teach you. You’ll layer them on to what you know. You’ll replace some things. You’ll discard the useless and voilà, you’ll be left with the stuff that works.

Something will click for you

 And before you know it, whether you are a Beginner, intermediate, advanced student, teacher, or performer, you will find all the comprehensive resources you need to:

  • Expand Your Range
  • Develop your Endurance and Efficiency.
  • Play MUCH LONGER without that dreaded fatigue.
  • Enhance your Sound.
  • Be a Flexible Player

…all through a range of

  • Logical and Achievable Exercises
  • Books and eBooks
  • And my ground-breaking Subscription Program

Your RoadMap to Success

Here’s a helpful checklist and great place to start your journey to Mastery!

If you’re convinced I can help you, then go straight ahead and enroll in the WindWorks program.

 

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  1. Hey, do you still need some social proof? Seriously, this step may not be necessary. But if you’re need it, read what many musicians have said —including endorsements and testimonials from some modern trumpeting legends. Click here for our amazing testimonials.
  2. Now, start with the 5 BASIC VIDEOS These are a set of 5 free videos which will get you on your path…and they go hand and hand with…
  3. The free workbook.  Work through our FREE sample eBook with 5 FREE LESSONS that will transform your approach!
  4. Broaden your horizons and watch the other free technique vids on this site.
  5. While you’re at it, I publish videos on my YouTube channel. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to keep up with the latest MTM Action!

Welcome to WindWorks

 

 

The most comprehensive online program for Brass (and Wind) players available online.

The WindWorks Learning Platform is a fully interactive course with automated Practise Progress Charts, informative quizzes, built in metronome, digital Practice Diary and so much more…

In the Foundation Level alone, there are over 90 lessons, 50+ brand new videos (not available to the public), logical, Step-By-Step exercises, 40+ quizzes, amazing interactive Practice Progress Charts plus you are granted access to the WindWorks Forum, the Mystery to Mastery online community.  This course will not only keep you busy and entertained for hours (weeks, months, years!!!) if you worked through it from start to finish, but it’s evergreen in that you’ll find yourself coming back to different lessons time and time again. It’s the one system that will help take you from a beginner to a master. Your playing will be easier than ever and importantly, more fun.

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FOUNDATION MEMBERSHIP: The Foundation Membership Level – Largo, Adagio, Andante and Moderato Status Stages no matter if you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, you will be guided through the fundamentals of Sound, Valves, Tongue and Harmonic Slurs to the extreme.  Although the range is not particularly high at first the processes, concepts and exercises are for all levels and must be explored patiently with the utmost care, precision and understanding.  Regular practise with the Practice Progress Charts combined with support from the WindWorks Forum community will ensure an enjoyable and productive experience.  Have a go, you’ll be hooked!

 

PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP: The Premium Membership Level – Allegro and Presto Status Stages is designed, now that you are hooked, to allow you to smash your flaws and inefficiencies.  Simply put, your shortcomings will be handed to you on a platter and you will know exactly what to work on, how and why.  WindWorks is the most comprehensive and interactive education platform available online.  Including a printable download of Book 1 and lifetime access to the existing MTM Book 1 eBook, the Premium Membership Level offers incredible value.   

 

ULTIMATE MEMBERSHIP: So you really mean business?!  The Ultimate Membership Level – Ruby, Emerald and Diamond Status Stages is simply everything you need. Complete the Ultimate Level exercises and you will be a happier, more efficient and probably much busier musician.  Simply remember one thing… WindWorks!

 

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“I could never dream of improving like I did with your book/videos, after two teachers and lots of wasted time. I never wanted to be a pro, my goal is just playing with the sound I love. A big grazie Greg!”  Stefano – ITALY

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The extent of your development depends entirely on you.  You will know how to troubleshoot any issues that arise thanks to the informative explanations and demonstrations provided.

Efficiency is the key and you will be blown away by how easy it is to develop your playing when you recognise and eliminate common mistakes.

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Welcome

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The Progress Chart

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The Progress Chart

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Testimonials

  • Greg - wow, I am blown away by the videos. I discovered the leadpipe thing and no buzzing but just air in the mouthpiece about a year ago and never looked back. These videos hit the nail right on the head - amazing information!

    Jim Manley

    Professional Trumpeter, USA
  • Hey Greg, it has taken me over 20 years to discover what you have presented here in your book. Congratulations on the layout and approach, I know it will help a lot of people if they take the time to learn it for themselves!

    Sean H.MA

  • Hi Greg, sorry for my terrible english, consider my small donation just as a little symbol cause i really wanted to thank you some how  for what you’re doing. I’m not joking when i say that the knowledge and the information that you’ve decided to…

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