Bryan Edgett

When I was playing in the Marine Corps field bands back in the mid to late 70s, I studied the Gordon method from Dave Evans, an excellent player and a Gordon student and colleague. (I might add that Dave had more technique than anyone I’ve known since.) I got some good instruction in reliance on the air, banging down the valves, etc. I did gain something from that method. I also used corollary methods (e.g., Colin, St. Jacome, Irons, Clarke.) Now, many years later and with much more experience, I dislike the Gordon method (NOTE–not the man) not for what it includes but for what it leaves out. 1) The size of the breath is only one component. Good breaths are relaxed in nature, too. 2) The arm pressure situation never is addressed in the book. While not everyone who uses heavy arm pressure fails, it does cause the failure […]

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Rex Merriweather

Hi Pops: The lessons are doing great. I can now keep my teeth apart to “D” over high “C”. Because of my playing schedule, I made this change gradually. I shocked a few band mates after a show one night as I glided easily up to and just over triple high “C”! It really helped me to except the fact that I could do it, hearing you play it. I wanted to thank you for the copy of your book. I have been using all three regularly and love the results! Mean while I am working hard to finish my C.D. I promised Nick Drozdoff a tune to use on his “Tpin” C.D. And I am incorporating some EXTREME upper register melodies similar to those found in ” The Next Level” into a tune I wrote for this album. I took your advice and have started incorporating some very high, […]

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Bill Knevitt

Hi Clint— Thank you so much for the copy of the embouchure book. 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

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Eddie Severn

Hi Pops My In Laws have arrived from the USA and brought with them a copy of your book “The pros talk embouchure” Congratulations for an excellent resource which I am sure will make interesting reading for all kinds of players. Thanks also to you for allowing me to contribute. I have read with interest your own observations and the start of the book. Our views differ somewhat on the subject of closed versus open aperture. My own playing really came to life after I studied with Bobby Shew who teaches the more open concept. It’s like anything else I guess, too closed is un productive and too open is also un productive. I have personally found a way of balancing a more open setting with the necessary compression to ascend into the upper register. The way I see it there are 4 key areas where we can increase compression: […]

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Rune Aleksandersen

I first met Clint on the net about 3 years ago. After reading his book, this was a revelation to me, it made all sense: There are several ways to play the trumpet! Most books only teach the “one correct way of playing”, sometimes with religious undertones. All methods being different, confusing the poor reader. Clint’s books are not like this. He describes several ways to play the trumpet to a level of detail not found anywhere else! I soon contacted him, and he helped me to learn how to play the Stevens embouchure via e-mail support. I am very grateful for the help he gave me! Without him, I might still be figuring out how to do it myself. During the past year, I have got to know him as a caring and sincere person. I wholeheartedly recommend his books, they are some of the best out there! Thanks […]

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Ole Utnes

I have named Pops “the cyber teacher” – and that is what he has been to me. I even made a web page where I collected some of the posts that Pops have sent to or to the news group The URL to that page is: ‘Pops’ It all started late in 1997, with my friend Rune, lending me a book by Pops, “The No Nonsense Trumpet from A to Z”. Wow! – a lot of good information that one cannot easily find elsewhere, but the layout was poor (typewriter format). I scanned the book, and ran it through an OCR program. The output I sent to Rune. He then formatted it into a book and sent that to Pops. After a while a copy of the new edition arrived in my mail. From then on, I have been in regular contact with Pops and I consider him also my […]

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