A light hearted, satirical approach to the instrument that we both love and hate simultaneously. At trumpetastic.com you will find all sorts of trumpet related news, articles, product reviews, events, blatant advertising and some completely useless stuff that will make you laugh or curse, depending on your take on playing the trumpet.
“If any trumpeter in the world ever needed inspiration to get back in the practice room and improve, Wayne’s new “FULL CIRCLE” CD is the item you need to get moving. I suppose some will want to sell or throw away their horn, too! There are a great many superb players in our world but Wayne has found a voice of his own that sets him apart from everyone. His chops are just hard to believe. Such power, accuracy, and sound quality. Whew! I know of no one else that compares. You MUST buy this CD…and then go GET BETTER!”
— Bobby Shew, legendary jazz trumpeter and educator
In the mid 1980s, I had the privilege of attending a great many concerts in London but one, in particular, stands out for me. It was the London debut of a young trumpet player from Sweden, Hakan Hardenberger. As a conservatoire trumpet student, I was absorbing music of all kinds and in the pre-internet days, live music was at its height. The young Hakan was performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall and there was a considerable buzz in the air surrounding this prodigious player from Malmo, Sweden. Within just a few bars of the exposition, I immediately knew I was witnessing the early days of one of the greatest trumpet players of all time. Why? The sound! To play pianissimo yet still fill a concert hall the size of the RFH was a mind blowing concept.
When playing any instrument, it is the sound that is paramount in making the player a virtuoso. Coupled with feather light articulation, incredible technique, range, endurance and innate musicality, you have the trumpet legend who is the great Hakan Hardenberger.
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognized for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Martyn Brabbins, Péter Eötvös, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.
The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertory and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, which has received its 70th performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015.
In summer 2018, Hardenberger returns to the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andris Nelsons with B.A. Zimmermann’s trumpet concerto “Nobody knows the trouble I see”, celebrating his centenary. At the BBC Proms he performs Brandenburg concerto No. 2 attacca into Steven Mackey’s response to Bach’s original, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Both concertos will be released on the BIS label later in the season. He returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, before embarking on a tour together to the Royal Festival Hall London, Malmö Live, Konserthuset Stockholm, Latvian National Opera and Konzerthaus Dortmund. In November he is giving his debut at Carnegie Hall with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, with HK Gruber’s “Aerial”. Spring 2019 sees the world premieres of Robin Holloway’s trumpet concerto with BBC Philharmonic and Tobias Brostroem’s concerto for two trumpets with Jeroen Berwaerts and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, both with John Storgårds. Hardenberger also returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, Saint Paul and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Dresdner Philharmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
To add to his prolific discography, on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS labels. Hardenberger anticipates the release of duo recording with Colin Currie, which features duos by composers such as Brett Dean and André Jolivet (LSO Live). The duo performs in London, Malmö, Aldeburgh, Wimbledon and Bergen. Together with Roland Pöntinen, he returns to Wigmore Hall and performs at Kunstfestspiele Hannover and in Detmold. As the Artistic Director of the Malmö Chamber Music Festival, he features the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Xavier de Maistre as well as composers in residence Mark Anthony Turnage and Betsy Jolas.
Hardenberger was born in Malmö, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud, and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Conservatoire.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum has released the only known film of Louis Armstrong in a recording studio. The never-before-seen footage shows Armstrong recording his 1959 album “Satchmo Plays King Oliver.”
Project Youtube has been a labour of love for me. I started this project to help me alleviate my own practice boredom. 10 years ago I found that I was making more progress with my playing if I used backing tracks. These tracks enabled me to really lock into a tonal centre but kept me in time. I could have used drones and a metronome but the backing tracks were the key to unlocking the next stage in my playing. They helped me to achieve a better range, endurance and most of all, a better sound. Please use the videos freely and subscribe to my channel, if there is something that you would like to see, let me know.
Brass performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor.
Ashley Buxton is the Director of Music at a grammar school in the West Midlands. He has an impressive background that includes 12 years as a trumpeter in the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. Ashley joined the Army at 18 as a professional Trumpeter and was awarded the Besson Brass Player of the Year 2000 at the Royal Military School of Music and the Royal Military School of Music Certificate for Exceptional Proficiency on the Trumpet/Cornet.
His career enabled him to travel and perform on live TV, at a royal wedding, on 36 commercially recorded CDs, at Live 8 and in premier concert halls around the world.
Having gained a BMus Hons Degree in Music from Trinity College in 2007, Ashley left the army for a career in teaching in 2011. He gained Qualified Teacher Status with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate and Bullers Wood School and is currently enjoying working with musicians and students in the Midlands.
Brazilian trumpet player Giovanni Costa has put together a fantastic Youtube channel devoted to resources for the trumpet player. It contains studies, exercises and play alongs of famous pieces and contributions from the masters. This is a great resource and I urge you to subscribe and share, ‘Trumpeters’ Stuff’.
This is Arban exercise number 20 in semiquavers with a backing track play-along to help improve your trumpet and cornet playing. This will help your production, intonation, endurance, range and sound. This is the chop-buster version, don’t panic it won’t bust your chops! It repeats and gets faster and will build your endurance quickly. Make sure you get lots of rest and do not play all of this in one go if it is too much.
Now try Chop Buster 2, this one repeats and goes higher. This exercise will build endurance and range quickly. Make sure you get lots of rest too.
I first picked up a trumpet at the age of 9 and haven’t put it down since, metaphorically speaking. That was 42 years ago now and along the way, I have also picked up a considerable amount of knowledge and experience. I now want to share what I know and can teach, with those who do not have or cannot afford a trumpet teacher. I am very fortunate in that I do not depend on music to provide my livelihood and can give my services for free.
There are many trumpet students around the world that I would like to reach out to and help in any way I can. With technology, this is now possible and if as a group or an individual you can access Skype, I will work with you personally to develop yours and your friends’ trumpet playing. I have taught and played professionally for over 30 years and know how to help. Please check me out using this link to my organisation, Freedom for Musicians.
If you think you can take up this offer, get in touch via the Facebook group, message me or use the contact form below.
Much love and happy trumpeting,
Roger Moisan LTCL PGCE (Founder and Director, trumpetastic.com and Freedom for Musicians Ltd)
At trumpetastic.com, we receive many requests from our young trumpet players for the notes and fingerings of various keys and scales. Our very own Ashley Buxton has kindly put together this excellent resource which should help answer many of these questions. You can download the pdf version and there is also a photo version here.