RATE YOUR TRUMPET PLAYING

Your technical proficiency is rated from 1 – 5.  

The following exercises are RESULTS driven, which means playing them at the best of your ability with no concern about technique. 

The technical elements when you rate your trumpet playing include:

  • Flexibility
  • Endurance
  • Articulation
  • Range 
  • Sound

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HOW DID YOU RATE?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 1?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 2?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 3?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 4?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 5?

YOUR RATING
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Brass Players Are On An Eternal Quest For Brass Playing Freedom

SO WHY DO SO FEW SUCCEED?

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HOW DID YOU RATE?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 1?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 2?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 3?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 4?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 5?

PLAYING BRASS INSTRUMENTS IS FAR EASIER THAN YOU THINK

SO WHY DO SO MANY FAIL?

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HOW DID YOU RATE?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 1?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 2?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 3?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 4?

HOW DID YOU GO WITH EXERCISE 5?

CHANGE COMES FROM ADVANCING YOUR KNOWLEDGE.  

NEW MINDSET = NEW SKILLS!

DISCOVER PLAYING FREEDOM

It can be difficult accepting that a respected teacher, your favourite book, or an admired player has given you misguided information.

By rating your playing, you have exposed technical deficiencies that can be fixed with the right approach.

HOW DID YOU RATE?

No matter your rating, your trip up the performance ladder begins right here.  Discovering your limitations, however frustrating, is an essential part of your development. 

WATCH VIDEO: We reveal the solutions!

Rob Sims (ex-Melbourne Symphony Orchestra player and University of Melbourne V.C.A Head of Brass)
Rob Sims (ex-Melbourne Symphony Orchestra player and University of Melbourne V.C.A Head of Brass)
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Dear Greg, I love what you're doing with your web site etc. It's marvellous for all ages and levels. It's transforming my playing and an old student of mine who is 84. We've both noticed big changes in all areas of our playing. I can feel a Double high C of quality is just around the corner.

I'm playing much easier and what I hear is more pleasing as a result of your videos and the time I have spent on the visualiser and the lead pipe.

My 84 year old student had the biggest break through in his playing after working through your book and pinching my visualiser.

People just need to focus on what you are saying and demonstrating on the videos. It's all there. The breathing aids are also a great help.

All the best and Kind Regards Rob Sims
Mark Curry, Curry Precision Mouthpieces
Mark Curry, Curry Precision Mouthpieces
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Greg!

Your presentation and Content is Superb! You cover a lot of different things very well and combine them in a very entertaining and positive manner.
For instance, teaching players via the visualizer how to "grip" the air to create "thick air" proved very useful to me as I'd never worked extensively with one. The key phrase in that lesson is "put the mouthpiece in Exactly the same place as the visualizer." Just that one concept has helped me immensely (I'd been cheating a little). I'm walking around with my visualizer in my pocket these days. Worth the purchase price right there, and not bad for helping a quick warm-up.

Also of particular interest to me was the lesson on "Shaping the Note". This is something I'd really forgotten over the years. That lesson has me confidently playing in the lower register once again. I had been passing parts with exposed low note passages (that's how bad it was getting) but now my total range from top to bottom is much more secure.

I also "play the pipe" fairly often now.

I recently coached our local Reno Jazz Youth Orchestra trumpet section and tried the Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 breathing exercises before we started, combined with a little bit of leadpipe work. They perked right up! Young trumpet players often lag behind trombonists and sax players in terms of playing with a big overall sound, also having some difficulty learning to play "fat" quarter notes in the big band. I used some syllables like "Zot, Daht, Buh-doo Wee-daht" on them and they quickly started to get a fatter sound. This technique was first shown to me by Ray Sasaki, one of my Professors at Illinois (and a 1 O'Clock Band North Texas alum, mid '70's).

In short, Greg, you've done a Wonderful job with the videos and the content. You certainly have a knack of explaining technique and the enthusiasm you have for the horn really comes across on the videos. Most trumpet instruction in the past was merely the written word. Your *new* approach combining the written word with concise video explanations of the exercises and techniques make it so much more enjoyable. You can tell somebody a million times how to do something and they never *get* it . Most people really need to be shown:)

Your teachings have far exceeded the purchase price I paid! How come we never had stuff like this when I was a kid?

Best regards, Mark Curry

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