Mike Lovatt and 56 Degrees North



It’s here and it’s hotter than a match head. The new and phenomenal CD from Mike Lovatt and the Foden’s Band, 56 Degrees North.

The project has been brought together by Mike Lovatt and his great friend Paul Fisher, who regularly plays with him and also conducts the Amersham Band.

When discussing who they felt could make the cross-over best to work on the project, Foden’s were the first choice.

“No doubt about that,” Paul said. “Their professionalism and eagerness to adapt has been remarkable. It’s been a huge pleasure — and the end result is going to be a cracking recording.”





Chop Busters! Now in Bb, Eb, C, F and Bass Cleff – By Ashley Buxton



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.

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Introducing ‘Trumpeters’ Stuff’ by Giovanni Costa



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’.

Del Staigers Flexibility Studies and Technical DrillsThere is so much more inside ‘Trumpeters’ Stuff’ so dive in and hit the subscribe button

 

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Improve your trumpet endurance, range and sound fast with ‘Chop Buster’ by Ashley Buxton



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.

Thank you Ashley!!

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Free trumpet tuition for those who cannot access a teacher



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)

 

 



The trumpetastic Trumpet Fingering Chart by Ashley Buxton



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.

Trumpetastic Fingering Chart Part 1 (click to download pdf)

Thank you Ashley!!

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Nick Drozdoff Music – Info For Professional Trumpeters and Musicians in General



If you haven’t visited Nick Drozdoff’s blog yet, you really must. Born out of decades of experience as a professional trumpet player, notably with the Maynard Ferguson Band, Nick’s insights and teachings are second to none.

Take a moment to read this fantastic article by Nick:

You Can Achieve Anything You Set Your Mind To: Age Is Meaningless

Nick Drozdoff
Nick Drozdoff

Chicago area trumpeter and Maynard Ferguson Orchestra alum, Nick Drozdoff, has been a fixture in Chicago’s jobbing arena for many years since he left Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1981.

After many years running his own contracting business and completing his masters in classical trumpet, he began leading a double life in 1991 when he took on a “day gig” as a high school physics teacher. Drozdoff has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, allowing him to easily slip into a high school physics class. Drozdoff taught physics and APC physics at Winnetka’s New Trier High School.

After leading a double career existence, garnering awards as a high school science teacher and developing endorsement deals as a jazz trumpeter at night, Drozdoff recently retired from his beloved day job to get back to his passion of music exclusively. Now he leads a double life by virtue of geography, with a home in Door County, Wisconsin and in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. He regularly performs in both locations as he lives equal time in both places, depending on his performance and lecture/masterclass schedule.

Nick Drozdoff Music

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Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and piano by Ashley Buxton



This composition, a flashy concert piece with piano accompaniment, is designed to test the aspiring trumpeter. It is deliberately very scalic in places and showcases the performer’s double tonguing, dexterity and range.

Coba is an ancient Mayan city in Mexico and the Rain Dance depicts the chaotic climb to the top of the Nohoch Nul pyramid (137 ft.). The Mayans dance to keep rain at bay as the dark clouds make their way towards the summit.

Download the trumpet and piano score here for just £2.99

Coba Rain Dance
Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and piano

Ashley Buxton Bmus(Hons) -Brass performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor.

Ashley Buxton is the Director of Music at a Grammar School in the 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. In his spare time, Ashley can be found working on commissions featuring compositions/arrangements for a multitude of instrumentalists, ensembles and media.

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Yamaha YTR6310Z Bobby Shew Bb Trumpet


The Yamaha YTR6310Z Bobby Shew Bb Trumpet was designed in collaboration with jazz legend Bobby Shew, and includes a stunning gold lacquer body. Featuring a unique step bore design and lightweight construction, this versatile instrument is perfect for big bands, popular repertoire, and particularly jazz. The instrument is designed using high quality materials and reliable mechanisms that are perfect for professional players. The YTR6310Z trumpet comes equipped with a case to protect the instrument during travel, and a mouthpiece to get players started straight away.

Yamaha

Yamaha is a brand trusted by millions of musicians worldwide. Attention to detail and precision are Yamaha’s trait which has earned the trust of students, and the respect of world-renowned musicians. An inimitable blend of leading technology and craftsmanship goes into each and every instrument. The products are developed and perfected to significantly enhance the overall precision and playing experience.

Yellow Brass Bell

The YTR6310Z features a yellow brass bell, delivering an excellent tone that is ideal for studio, big band, concert band, chamber group or orchestra. Yellow Brass is commonly used as the base metal for brass instruments. A standard mix of 70 percent copper and 30 percent zinc helps to provide a focused sound with a solid core, produced with very little resistance.

Z Model Trumpets

Yamaha’s Z trumpets were designed in collaboration with jazz legend Bobby Shew, who plays a wide variety of musical styles. He dreamed of a single trumpet which would be equally suited for screaming lead, mellow jazz, ballads, ‘legit’ studio gigs, and more.

Design Features

The Yamaha YTR6310Z trumpet features quality materials you’d expect from high-end models. The monel pistons are resistant to corrosion, and retain a precise fit and smooth action for many years. Pressure formed tubing results in less turbulence and a smoother air flow that enables a superb scale and reduced resistance. Yamaha use a high-energy laser fuse to seal the brass together and create an almost invisibly seamed bell that can enable continuous vibrations. The gold brass leadpipe yields excellent intonation, response and resistance, whilst the design of the bore produces smoother airflow with less resistance. The YTR6310Z’s hammered yellow brass bell produces a more intense yet perfectly balanced tone with a fast response and additional presence. Yamaha lightweight trumpets feature unbraced inner outer tuning slides that ensure the instrument can comfortably open with less resistance. This trumpet also includes hand lapping pistons and slides which ensure that there is a perfect seal between the pistons and casing, to achieve smoother airflow and action whilst also improving the response and intonation of the instrument. Big sounds are effortlessly achievable thanks to the design of this trumpet, featuring a large bore tuning slide combined with a large bell flare. Featuring a stunning gold lacquer finish the YTR6310Z is capable of producing a brighter and more precise tone and projection, as well as a very professional look.

Included Accessories

The Yamaha YTR6310Z Trumpet comes equipped with a case to help keep the instrument protected during travel. The trumpet also comes with a mouthpiece, so players can get started straight away. Yamaha’s standard series mouthpieces enable smooth attacks, secure control and easy playability.

Specifications

  • Finish: Gold lacquer
  • Weight: Light
  • Bell Diameter: 127mm (5″)
  • Bore Size: 11.30mm (0.445″)
  • Bell: Yellow brass
  • Key Of: Bb
  • Included Accessories: TRC-6335 Case and TR-14B4 Mouthpiece

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Greg Spence and Mystery to Mastery – The thinking man’s trumpet player.



Once in while, not terribly often, a trumpet player is born with a brain. One such player is Aussie commercial and jazz artist Greg Spence. I met Greg a few years back on one of his legendary Mystery to Mastery tours and was immediately struck by not only his awesome playing but also his ability to analyse and reflect on what it is we are trying to do with this 3 foot length of pipe.

I urge you to get involved with Mystery to Mastery and listen to what Greg has to say. Your playing will improve, period.

WHAT IS MTM? Mystery to Mastery (MTM) is the most modern, easy to use and logical approach to trumpet playing available. MTM offers you Step-By-Step troubleshooting advice.

MTM is for people who love the trumpet and want it to be easy.

A ground breaking and top selling method by Dancing with the Stars (OZ) lead trumpeter, Greg Spence.

Mystery to Mastery exists to explain why most people fail to reach their potential.

Whether you want to play as a hobby or as a professional, MTM is here to help beginners to get off to the best start, and to help players of all standards troubleshoot limitations.

“What makes your book so incredibly rich is that it’s a collection of basic, gradual and pragmatic skills which can be made as complicated as one pleases. So regardless of one’s level (beginner or advanced) it is an unlimited recourse of training. I should have known it 40 years earlier!” Andre

“The Mystery to Mastery Method taught me how to go beyond the playing plateau that most players hit. Understanding how the body and the instrument work answered many questions other regular methods could not.

 

The Step-By-Step layout and gradual approach allows players of all styles and standards to recognise and overcome technical flaws. An absolute must for all brass players!”.

Greg with Wayne Bergeron at Melbourne International Brass Festival

 

From performances at Carnegie Hall with the Adelaide Symphony to backing Herbie Hancock with the Queensland Symphony and playing alongside Tim Minchin with the Western Australian Symphony to grooving with Olivia Newton John at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, add 15 seasons as lead trumpet for Australia’s Dancing With The Stars…

 

YAMAHA ARTIST and Dancing With The Stars/Strictly Come Dancing (Australia) trumpeter GREG SPENCE. Greg is a renowned clinician and freelance studio trumpeter. His impressive industry experience in performance and education places him at the forefront of modern trumpet teaching. Whether you are a complete beginner, advanced player or teacher looking to advance your skills, Greg’s insightful lessons, endorsed by world class players, will inspire and extend you in all aspects of trumpet playing and teaching.

There are innate traps that only the lucky few avoid when beginning their trumpet playing. Overblowing and lip pinching are the primary problems I see in 99% of my students. It is very easy to recognise these issues having done them myself for so many years.

Over the last 25 years, I have researched many methods and approaches for improving on the trumpet. Being self taught originally, I have fallen into most of the many traps that the trumpet can present you with.

I am inspired by my idols Maynard Ferguson, Raphael Mendez, Bobby Shew, Doc Severensen, James Morrison, Bill Chase, Lee Morgan, Maurice Andre and the likes.

I have dedicated my life to this wonderful instrument and in doing so have learnt amazing information from world renowned teachers such as James Stamp, Claude Gordon, Carmine Caruso, Dr Charles Colin, Max Schlossberg, Jerome Callet, Bill Adam, Arnold Jacobs and Jean Baptiste Arban. Although these methods are quite different in their approach, they all have an underlying message that has helped me to progress my playing way beyond my expectations and this same information will undoubtedly help you in your quest for trumpet mastery.

Above that, I dedicate this method book to Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, Allan Vizzutti, Wayne Bergeron, Charlie Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Findlay, Gary Grant and Lew Solloff, all of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting personally and talking trumpet with. I have also been lucky enough to have had lessons with or been to masterclasses and workshops by all of the above mentioned Superstars.

The aim when writing these books was to compile and explain great information in the clearest, most concise way for players of all standards, then to combine basic to advanced exercises and to demonstrate them on CD. That is the real key to the success of this book – a step by step guide to help you understand, to hear and to copy!

I am very proud to have received brilliant feedback from players from all over the world. It has certainly made the hundreds if not thousands of hours that I have put into practise and research over the years very worthwhile.

Please enjoy the book and I am sure you will find plenty of information at this site to keep you motivated on your lifelong trumpet journey.

Best Wishes,
Greg Spence

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