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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James R. West

From time to time someone will ask me if my material/lessons would be of any benefit to a “serious” or “legit” player. Some even think that strenuous lessons might ruin them intrue terms of tone, flexibility… So I asked a man who is a College teacher, symphonic player and ITG presenter if he had experienced anything like this from the lesson I gave him. Here is his reply. OK, let me respond as a college trumpet teacher who has 35 years of teaching under his belt: HOGWASH!! In order to play higher notes on the trumpet, you need to make the air go faster. This is just physics! The rule applies to “serious” trumpet players, “legit” trumpet players, “commercial” trumpet players, “lead” trumpet players, “jazz” trumpet players, “Dixieland” trumpet players, and even “country and western” trumpet players! You make the air go faster by blowing harder, by making your embouchure […]

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Roddy Lewis

Hi ya from Wales UK! How are you? Would you consider adding a sound clip from me to your pupils page? I know we’ve never met but 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. If another teacher put up a page with clips on I would not consider sending a clip. I would be honored if you would consider me a pupil (albeit a remote one!) : ) Yours Roddy Lewis Author of “Embouchure Enhancement”

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