Jeanne G Pocius

I recently purchased copies of *Pops*’s books, and have taken a bit of time to peruse them before posting to the list…. Clint McLaughlin has distilled a lifetime of knowledge into these volumes–_PRACTICAL_ knowledge which deserves to be put into use in every trumpeter’s practice room/studio. While I can’t say that I agree with EVERY approach he advocates (I’m not an advocate, for example, for thrusting the lower jaw forward because I believe the potential tension caused by this technique outweighs the benefits of it), I CAN and DO agree with most of what he recommends…. This is not a book of theories or generalities, but a real resource designed BY a trumpet player FOR trumpet players. The exercises have real merit, and the *Trumpet FAQ*’s are PRICELESS! (talk about distilling decades of individual lessons into a single text!) Don’t waste any more time searching for the *ultimate guide to […]

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Stanton K

I think your knowledge is first rate and I have personally benefited in many ways. A couple of days ago, you gave an explanation about “air projection”. Until the explanation, it didn’t really make sense. I have since been able to utilize the concept to aid in taking the stress off the chops. If I can only now learn to utilize it subconsciously. Additionally, one of the best tips I ever got from you was how to control timbre with the shape of the aperture. I use it often. Regards, SK

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John Julian

Your books have wealth of information that most of us “old guys” had to search for for days, weeks, months to get. All the historical material is great, all the air and chops instruction is right on…just like Jake would’ve done it, I think, and that’s a high compliment! I, as do many trumpet players, appreciate having so much material readily available as “one-stop-shopping!” John Julian

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dennis hill

in early 1998, i decided to return to trumpet playing after a 20-something year hiatus. and quickly found that there was more information on trumpet playing available on the internet, than i could believe. web-pages, a good mail list and a good usenet newsgroup (rec.music.makers.trumpet). whenever i had something giving me a hard time, i’d post my problem on the newsgroup and tpin. then i would receive several answers to my question. each from a little different perspective. as you may know, there is no such thing as “one way” to play the trumpet, due to embouchures, teeth formation, and lip size/shape. there are good pro players successfully doing things that others would consider taboo. thus, hearing different viewpoints gives you the opportunity to glean what is helpful to you. often times, one person phrases things in such a way as to make you “get it”. several times “pops” was […]

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Doug Endicott

Comments on “The no-nonsense trumpet from A-Z”: I have found this book to be very interesting and useful. It manages to present a great deal of information, information I have found nowhere else. The descriptions of proper use of air and alternative embouchures are excellent. Reading this book has led me to change my whole approach to trumpet playing. It’s (ultimately) up to the player to decide what to believe, but this book has been a great resource to me in this quest. Clint (“Pops”) has been a great resource as well. He has answered many questions that have come up as I’ve worked at developing the different aspects of my playing, from mechanical embouchure adjustments to equipment to practice philosophy. His advice and willingness to “follow up” on questions has helped me considerably, and is something I truly appreciate. I think that anyone who is serious about improving their […]

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Brian Swartz

Hi Pops! We’ve never met and I hope you don’t mind me addressing you that informally. I am very impressed with all of the great information that is contained on your website. I studied off and on with Bobby Shew for about five years in the early 90’s. When I started with him I had very severe embouchure problems. It’s hard even to describe or even remember now but I used to play on the inside of both lip and I would cram the mouthpiece on my top lip. Not very effective. He never directly changed my embouchure but gave me all knowledge I needed to change it which I did just a couple of years ago. I’ve made leaps and bounds since then although my upper range is still inconsistent. Bobby always made me aware of the benefits of buzzing without the mouthpiece and it was because of this […]

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