Free Public Domain Trumpet Methods

Expanded Arban The Arban book has been the mainstay of Trumpet practice for well over 100 years. However; no revisions have ever been made to the exercises in it. The range in the Arban book was stuck at the top of the staff; with a few limited High Cs included. For example there were 16 exercises for the C scale. Only 1 of the 16 had a high C in it. The majority of exercises were written for what is now a middle school range. This is a problem because to expand you range, you have to practice to the top note of your range every day. If you only play 3-10 high Cs a day then High D will NEVER become a good note. I took exercises from the major sections of the book and some songs and raised them step by step up to Double High C. I also included […]

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Thermal imaging and spectrum analysis study of trumpet players

For about 100 years we have known that tension at the side of the face (cheek area) inhibits tone production, lessens endurance and impedes range. Using this part of the face creates a “Smile” but sadly most people still do this to some extent when they play. Most never even know it. Many famous teachers have written about it but people keep doing it.I myself have been trying to educate people about this for 40+ years. (I’ve been writing books about this for 20 years.) I decided that showing the muscles used by players that struggle and showing the muscles used by players with range to spare might help. I thought that the best way to show this was to do a Thermal Video Study of players while they were playing. This has never been done before. Nobody ever did thermal images while someone was playing and the video aspect […]

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ITG Journal

“Congratulations to Clint McLaughlin for this informative collection of professional opinions. “The Pros Talk Embouchure” is a helpful tool for better understanding both the differences and the common ground relating to the embouchure. It will hopefully lead to further candid discussions about this vital aspect of trumpet/brass performance. ITG Journal June 2004

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Keith Fiala

Pops; My daughter in Las Vegas sent me this email, titled as “Inspirational”. It was in an internet magazine. When I saw your name, I had to send it to you. Thought you might want to know that you are a positive influence in the world. Never Give Up! Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve known in my heart that I wanted to be a professional trumpet player. Pretty much everyone discouraged the idea because “the music business is tough to break into” I was told. Even after receiving a full-ride scholarship to UT, Austin to study with Raymond Crissara, I was told “you won’t last”. After my second semester at UT, I received a letter from the University stating that my “full-ride” scholarship funding had been pulled by the Texas Legislature……to keep instate kids instate, and undergrad out of staters paying some or full tuition. Being young, […]

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John Haynie

Pops; Your book is just fantastic and thank you for inviting me to offer up some of my thoughts on the subject. It is an interesting book. Whatever one believes already can be found in this edition to verify that he is correct in his analysis. On the other hand for those who are still searching and do not have their mind made up already; it has something that is bound to work for them. Congratulations on a job well done. John Haynie Author of How to Play High Notes, Low Notes and All Those In Between, Professor Emeritus University of North Texas 1950-1990

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