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Trumpet Books, Trumpet Method by Pops

My trumpet teaching and trumpet books and trumpet method have been mentioned and quoted in dissertations, magazines, other books, web sites and even youtube videos. Learn how to play the trumpet the Pops way.

My trumpet books are different. They are a complete trumpet method that teach air usage, aperture control, embouchures, lip compression, mouthpiece design & trumpet design. There is more info on those kinds of topics in my trumpet books that you get in 4 years of HS and 8 years of college getting a DMA.
These books teach you how to play the trumpet.
They are 90% instructional text and 10% musical examples to teach the proper way to do some physical aspects of trumpet playing.

These trumpet books have been adopted by several college professors to be used with their college trumpet majors. There are also many HS teachers who have used this trumpet method to great advantage when teaching their students how to play the trumpet.

Available as Electronic Books only (No printed books).

Play The Trumpet; Don't Play With It. The Key Is How You Think. 54 page book that teaches you how to make your own practice routine, alter exercises for your needs, find the sound models that fit your music and put it all together.

Trumpet Range Pyramid. Most range books have you play arpeggios. You play 1 of every note. You build a range flagpole and it fails on gigs. It has no base and no support. This book builds a range pyramid and has a solid base for a usable range.

Mouthpieces: What will it sound like? Mouthpiece charts are horrible at helping you decide about a new mouthpiece. This 10 page EBook has 2 hours and 20 minutes of people playing different mouthpiece depths, sizes, throats, mega sleeves...

The New Arban Ebook by Pops.
New 985 page Arban based Ebook. I took 1/2 of The Arban Book and wrote some new stuff and did each exercise in many keys so the range extends up an octave higher than in the Old Arban Book.

The New Clarke Technical Studies Ebook by Pops.
New 350 page Clarke based Ebook. I took The Clarke Technical Studies Book and did each exercise in many keys so the range extends up an octave higher than in the Old Clarke Book.

The 4 Trumpet Octave Keys.
New book that teaches you to use our natural octave keys.There are 4 things pros do that others don't. This book shows you what they are.

Trumpet Concerto Key and Range Study.
485 page book using the Haydn and Hummel Concertos in every key. Play REAL music to work keys and range.

Tension-Less Playing.
Book that teaches you to stop fighting.This book can double your endurance by teaching you how to stop fighting your trumpet and your own face.

30 Minutes A Day For Trombone.
30 Minutes A Day to Better Playing is all about working both hard and smart. It is a 15 page bass clef book with 9 unique Musical exercises that will work the mind, fingers, tonguing skills, breathing, breath support, tongue arch, tongue hiss, flexibility, range.... In short everything.

High Gear / Low Gear. New book that teaches you HOW to use the High gear/ Low gear idea for effective playing. Over 1 hour of video instruction featuring Keith Fiala, Keith Wood and Pops. Written instruction from pros like Walt Johnson, Nick Drozdoff, Larry Meregillano, Rich Wetzel, and Jon Trimble.

Tongue Arch & Aperture Tunnel is a 45 book with 30 minutes of video, that explains how arch works with HOW we tongue and how to use it to adjust your embouchure.

Get up off your ___and get a gig. A 35 page Trumpet Ebook designed to show you where and how to get a good supply of gigs.
This will lead to to gigs that you never knew were there.
Get A Gig and make some money playing

More Power - More Range
29 pages of exercises and directions that will wear you OUT. They help make your range powerful and seamless. The exercises follow my thoughts on Lip Setpoint and expand you from below the staff to the Double High Register.
trumpet method for learning high notes

How the Chops Work (The Big Book of Chops Pics) is a 76 page trumpet book with 69 pictures and diagrams showing how compression is made with all of the different embouchures: Buzzing, Farkas, Maggio, Stevens, Super Chops and TCE.
Embouchure Pictures and how to play the trumpet

Chops Builder is a 15 page 10 week isometric exercise course that will give you screamin chops and tons of endurance. It has NO music.
exercise that helps you to play better

30 Minutes A Day to Better Playing is all about working both hard and smart. It is a 15 page trumpet book with 9 unique Musical exercises that will work the mind, fingers, tonguing skills, breathing, breath support, tongue arch, tongue hiss, flexibility, range.... In short everything.

The Pros Talk Embouchure.
I asked some of the best of the best for their ideas about embouchure.
In this 244 page Ebook; are the thoughts of over 70 pros, including 21 authors of trumpet books.
I chose these people because I know what they have to offer. They are top students of Legendary teachers like Adam, Broiles, Caruso, Cichowicz, Gordon, Herseth, Jacobs, Jacoby, Maggio, Mendez, Reinhardt, Schilke, Stevens and Vacchiano.
Many have become world renown teachers in their own right. Plus of course world class players in all areas of playing including hundreds of years combined experience in world class Symphonies and over a thousand years of combined experience in Big Bands.

The No Nonsense Trumpet From A-Z is 117 page trumpet book. It is mostly text and 16 pages of music. It is an overview of the trumpet and every aspect is included. It talks about the 4 main embouchure types and gives 26 examples to improve breath control. It also has info on mouthpiece and trumpet design and walks you through learning to adjust equipment to serve your needs. So it covers a lot of ground.
 A-Z  book

Trumpet FAQs is 119 page trumpet book and is all text. It is a question and answer book about playing problems and how to fix them. It is mostly about fixing embouchure and breathing problems.

The Next Level is practice material and explanations for lead players. It contains Classical music, Flute and Piano Sonatas and many other things that really make you work on playing musically in the upper register. It is a 32 page Ebook.
Next Level

Air on the Move is a 60 page trumpet book. It is what is normally covered in an all day lesson for range and breath support. I've had people add more than an octave of range after taking this master class. It covers advanced techniques for air compression and aperture control. There is NO music in this book.
Air On The Move

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1.) I am world famous for teaching and have been mentioned in magazines and books written by other teachers.
2.) I have helped players to become fulltime Professional Players.
3.) I am the first person to ever write about The Aperture Tunnel (TM).
4.) I am the first to both explain and give musical exercises to learn about Lip Setpoint (TM).
5.) I am the first to write about different embouchure systems as a 3-D model (Farkas, Maggio, Overlap, Stevens, Superchops, TCE.)
6.) I am the first to write about the 4 Trumpet Octave Keys (TM) relaxing enough so that mouthpiece seal raises pitch an octave, Air stream Focus (TM), Air Kicks (support), and correct lip compression; which are used by pro players but almost no hobby players use them.
7.) I have written about which facial muscles to use and which ones hinder playing. This enables you to play and be relaxed, when you stop the facial tug of war.
8.) I wrote about and connected the SS or hiss to tongue arch and wrote about how arch relates to anchor tonguing.
9.) I created a new way to hold the trumpet that helps to reduce mouthpiece pressure.
10.) I developed a new way to reduce facial tension in ONE day.
11.) I did the 1st rewrite of music to The Arban Book in 150 years and brought the techniques into the 21st Century.
12.) I am the 1st person to do a Thermal Imaging study of people while they were playing trumpet.
13.) I am the 1st to do a study on resonance and spectral analysis of the entire Trumpet Family, Flugel, cornet, Bb, C, Eb, Picc and on how embouchure tension relates to resonance.

I am pleased and honored to have my trumpet books, trumpet method, ideas and teaching mentioned and quoted and to have this site listed in the TOP 10 Trumpet sites in these books:
"Tongue Level & Air"
by Eric Bolvin
"Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn"
by Jonathan Harnum
"Trumpet Greats"
by David Hickman
"Trumpet Pedagogy"
by David Hickman
"Embouchure Enhancement" books
by Roddy Lewis
"Trumpeting by Nature: An Efficient Guide to Optimal Trumpet Performance"
by Jeanne Pocius
as well as in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Overture, Windplayer many dissertations and even several Utube teaching videos done by other teachers.

Many, many thanks to you and your knowledge of the trumpet and the embouchure. It has helped me immeasurably since my lesson with you!
Mark Curry - Curry Precision Mouthpieces - and former lead trumpet player with Ray Charles.

Pops; Your book is just fantastic and thank you for inviting me to offer up some of my thoughts on the subject. Congratulations on a job well done.
John Haynie - Author of "How to Play High Notes, Low Notes and All Those In Between". Professor Emeritus of Trumpet @ University of North Texas 1950-1990

"Clint McLaughlin is one of the leading experts on embouchure. His books discuss many of the embouchures used by leading trumpet players. I consider his publications excellent resources!"

David Hickman Author of the new book "Trumpet Pedagogy".
David Hickman is a Regents' Professor of trumpet at Arizona State University, recording artist, author, past President of the International Trumpet Guild, founder of Summit Brass and as a trumpet virtuoso has appeared with over 400 orchestras around the world.

It is absolutely wonderful!!! May be the most complete book on embouchure ever compiled. You have done trumpet players a wonderful service!
Bill Knevitt - Author of several trumpet method books including: "The Truth About How To Play Double High C On Trumpet". -

It was only after reading/playing your books, did I get the range thing! I assure you that it was only your book (and Mr. Jacoby's) which gave me the help I needed.
Roddy Lewis - Author of "Embouchure Enhancement" vol 1,2 and 3, 12 years playing trumpet in the West End in London - http://www.R-o-d-d-y-T-r-u-m-p-e-t.cC

Thanks for all your intelligent advice.
Jim Manley High Note Trumpet Artist -

If they don't get it from reading this; then they should take up the sax.
Leon Merian - Author of "Trumpet Isometrics", "The Man Behind the Horn"; Jet-tone personal trumpet mouthpieces. -

Don't waste any more time searching for the *ultimate guide to trumpet playing*. It has already been done.
Jeanne G Pocius - Author of new book "Trumpeting by Nature", Teacher, Player and trumpet embouchure clinician -

You have said two things which have really helped me and have brought about an instant improvement in my trumpet playing. It's all 20% easier! So thanks again for your positive contribution to the brass world.
Eddie Severn - Author of "Trumpet Solutions" and European trumpet artist. -

I think you're doing a great service for the brass community. I once heard that the art of teaching is in finding out how to explain the same thing in different ways to have it hit home for each individual student.
Matt Shulman Trumpet Player, Composer, Inventor of the ShulmanSystem for Brass -

Thanks for making Trumpet College the #1 ranked Trumpet books, trumpet method and how to play the trumpet website in the world for 2003 & 2004 (#2 in 2005) with over 20 million hits.


Hey Pops!
Last night I had a gig, and during one of my solos I got hold of an F# above C. It wasn't a was a monster sound!
In fact, the trombone player (formerly with the Dorsey Band) couldn't believe his ears. He put his horn down and refused to follow the solo. It was all done in good fun, but he truly was impressed with my playing.
Here is the rest of the story: during that same gig, I continuously hit F above C, spinning all notes (the first time I was actually aware of the horn shaking in my hand) and at the end of the night, the last song, the last note, I got an A above C! It wasn't a monster A, but in your words "it was still an A."
Pops, for the first time in my professional career, I truly felt confident and "good" about my playing. I have 3 more gigs this week, (2 on Friday, 1 on Saturday) and I can't wait for each of them!
"The bricks are coming down!!!"
Thanks again for your help....I'll keep you abreast of my progress.
Your friend,
Lew C.

Trumpet playing tips.
Factors for a dynamic embouchure on the trumpet.

The embouchure controls the pitch and to some degree the quality of your sound.

Regardless of the embouchure you use these things MUST always happen.

The lips must be moist. The surface tension of the water aids in setting up the vibrations.

The lips must be touching. (If the air has nothing to fight there is NO buzz.)

Use as Little pressure as possible. Pressure only separates the lips and stops the sound. Backing off the pressure will allow you to soar.

Everyone says Tighten up to play high. Hold something between your finger and thumb. That squeeze is what they are talking about. Playing high involves slightly pushing your lips together as you ascend.


75-80% of all players use this embouchure.
This embouchure is described FULLY in "The Art of Brass Playing" by Phillip Farkas.
He told people to blow as if they were trying to cool soup. That is how he set the embouchure.

Say the letter "M".

In this embouchure you must Point the CHIN down. It is the pointing of the chin that prevents you from stretching the lips too thinly.
The skin under your lower lip will be taut with no air pocket.
Your lips do not over lap nor do they roll in or out.
The corners of the mouth are held firmly in place.

Now what they DIDN'T say.
To play with an extended range you must.

Use a Pivot

Use a Tongue Arch

Remember use compression for range. Like finger pushing against finger.


The Maggio system was established because Louis Maggio had sustained an injury which prevented him from playing any other system.

In this system you cushion the lips by extending them or puckering ( like a monkey ).
In fact their T-shirts are a closeup of a monkey forming the embouchure.

This puckering enables the players to overcome physical malformations.


This requires a special mouth formation to be 100% successful. It is very very difficult to learn.

To set this embouchure you:

Make sure that your teeth are 1/4 - 1/2 of an inch apart.

Make sure that your jaw is forward making a flat playing surface.

Make sure that your lips are touching and slightly push your lips together to make a cushion.

Then PLACE the mouthpiece ON your lips.

To ascend you will push the lips together.

The lips will have a natural tendency to slightly curl in. That's OK.
Remember to use as little pressure as possible.The more that you can back off the pressure the more you have in reserve for later.
Use a PIVOT.


The muscles of the chin are used to push the lips together and resist the air.
The lip compression comes from pulling all of the muscles in toward the center.
This system does not use a tongue arch. Instead the tongue is placed very forward in your mouth to direct the airflow.
All tonguing is to be done thru your teeth.

Lip Buzzing

This is the embouchure Mendez played. When he taught he made his students lip buzz a month before he gave them a mouthpiece. He then made them mouthpiece buzz a month before he gave them the trumpet. By then they could change pitches and had decent tone. I use this embouchure on most of my students.

The fastest way to successfully go to a closed embouchure is :

Lip Buzz: (Like spitting seeds.)
Do this 15 - 30 minutes a day. Buzz scales, songs, arpeggios, etudes....
Set your new embouchure:
Buzz a note and while holding the buzz sneak the horn & mpc into playing position.
Take ALL breaths through your nose (so you don't disturb the embouchure). (Most open aperture players try to start closed and open up the chops as they breathe. They pin the lips in place while separated and can only make the lips touch by using mpc pressure.)
And play songs and études.

(After the new setting is secure go back to normal breathing.)

Stay in the staff until you have strengthened the NEW embouchure.

Do a lip setting drill:
Buzz and sneak the horn into place to play 1 note. Remove the horn and start over. It takes thousands of good reps to break a bad habit.

Do those things for 1 month.

Then AFTER the new embouchure is set and the chops are stronger you can work on the Stevens palming exercise. I only do open arpeggios with this. Do it 15 minutes a day and after a month you should be able to play over High C with almost no pressure.

Then you must learn to relax the face and let the tone become full. Work on pulling the corners in to adjust tone color and assist range. Relearn your pivot and tongue arch. Work on more efficient breathing....

Clint 'Pops' McLaughlin

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