Don Smith

“After nearly thirty years of pro and semi-pro playing, I thought I had seen it all. Clint is, without a doubt, a pro’s pro! His “cyber teaching” has made him a living legend to all of us who have benefited from his vast knowledge of brass playing. In my case, after asking Clint about how to “open up” my upper register, he suggested a slight mouthpiece alteration. At first I was skeptical because I don’t often change equipment but, I went ahead and took his advise. Clint was right on target! My sound opened up and, as a bonus, I gained much more control over my timber and intonation – everybody wanted to know if I got a new horn!! “Thanks Clint!” Don Smith

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Warren Lopicka

Pops is one of the most complete trumpet resources you will ever runacross. He is a master at helping you learn more about your trumpet playing so you can achieve your goals. Pops goal is watching his student succeed. Thank you Pops. Warren Lopicka

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Jim Donaldson

I have been reading and pondering Pop’s contributions to the cyber trumpet community for quite a while. It is clear to me that he is extremely knowledgeable about all the physical aspects of trumpet playing. More importantly, however, he has taken that great volume of contradictory opinion, anecdotes, methodologies, pseudo-science, scholarly literature, and personal experience, culled the wheat from the chaff, and simplified, reconciled, and articulated the best and most coherent of that material into reliable mainstream advice about playing the trumpet. He regularly brings clarity to matters which often grow quite confusing and anxiety provoking. I find that I have understood my own playing better, recognizing what works and why, from reading his information. Many times his informed opinion has confirmed what I had discovered for myself, but was not confident about. That alone made me a stronger player and more valuable teacher. In many instances, I have applied […]

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David J. Finton

I bought “The No Nonsense Trumpet From A – Z” because I was impressed by the helpful posts which Pops has made to the newsgroup rec.music.makers.trumpet–often excerpts from this book. I was happy to find that the book is a comprehensive synthesis of just about everything relating to trumpets and the basics of trumpet playing. It’s not a slick packaging of one player’s special techniques. Instead, Pops discusses and compares various approaches and types of equipment. Neither is this book a collection of nice-sounding theories; Pops has mastered the techniques he teaches, and carefully researched his material. His approach is always practical. The sections of the book which have been the most helpful to me personally were the discussions of mouthpieces, and especially, embouchure. I’ve often been confused by the different descriptions of embouchure I read by top players. They describe what works for them, but Pops has mastered all […]

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Bob Dumon

When I returned to playing trumpet after a 35 year layoff, the first thing I did was look on the Internet to see what helpful information might be available there. As I expected, I found a multitude of web sites, newsgroups, and other services where all kinds of helpful tips and playing techniques were explained in detail. Some of the information I found extremely valuable. Many well-intentioned people were quick to provide answers to many of my questions, and I found the sage wisdom and advice communicated by Clint ‘Pops’ McLaughlin to be particularly helpful. I thought the “on line lessons” from ‘Pops’ were extremely useful in facilitating my quick return to playing again, and I truly feel ‘Pops’ advice has actually helped me surpass my ability of many years ago. The lessons I most appreciated from him were on the subjects of: Embouchures – ‘Pops’ not only understands a […]

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Carl Dershem

I’ve been a pro brass player for nearly 25 years, and have been on-line for about 12, and reading “Pops’” advice on-line over the past years have made him one of the few people in the trumpet forum whose posts I always read and consider. His tips and advice are always well thought out, useful, and lacking in the emotionalism, personal bias and hyperbole that are so common on the net. Not that he doesn’t have his own personal preferences – but that he labels them as such, recognizes the fact that all players are different, and then gets on to the business at hand. He’s definitely an experienced player and teacher, and a resource to be valued. Carl Dershem

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