John Vonwetzel

I’ve been playing steady, most every day of the week, and enjoying it as well. My steady band is still the Pecos River Big Band http://www.pecosriverbrass.com/band/ . We just finished recording our 3rd CD. Our jazz trumpet player, Ken Edwards, just left for LA to play with the Maynard Ferguson Band – he inspired me to work even more on improvisation. Getting ready to start a bebop study with the Baker books. Still have a lot to learn, which makes the journey enjoyable and full of variety. I also do a lot of subbing in the North Dallas big band circuit (TI jazz band, Celebration, Swingtime and Crosswinds) and a group of us brass players perform about once a quarter at classical gigs with choirs/orchestras in the area. John Vonwetzel

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Melvin H. Chapman

I don’t have all the method books for trumpet ever written, but of the many I have purchased, yours is the only one I use for guidance. Yours is the only one that emphasizes tone over shrill high notes and advises moderation in all phases of trumpet technique. I admire your mention of Harry Jame’s gorgeous tones. To me, your’re the greatest teacher since Joseph Baptiste Arban. Jack Teagarden used to prod guest musicians with his trombone slide when they went on a tangent telling them to play the melody so the paying public can tell what you’re playing. THANK’S SO VERY MUCH” Melvin H. Chapman

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Josh Burton

Hey Pops! Just wanted to give you an update on how I’m doing. I’ve been working on trying to lip buzz correctly and it really cut down on the pressure. After playing for 5 hours and screaming g’s and a’s in the end, the red mark was barely noticable. My high notes now are HUGE. Thank you, Josh Burton

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Mack Horton

Hi Pops, You may remember that I came by some months ago for two 4-hour sessions with you in your home. It was a great experience, and this email brought it back to mind. I am playing a Scodwell horn now, which helps me slot better, and your techniques have given me a much more solid upper register, up beyond double C at home sometimes, but much more importantly, G on the job. You’re great! Mack Horton

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Tommy Taylor

By the way, here’s a plug for the writings of Clint”Pops” McLaughlin. In the last five years or so I’ve lost my best excuse for not being a good trumpet player — I actually play equipment that I believe is the best possible equipment for me. With 100% confidence in my trumpet and cornet, I had to confront my limitations pretty straight on. Three books have represented breakthroughs for me. They include Pops’s “The Next Level,” and, most recently, his “Extended Range and Endurance on the Trumpet: AIR on the move.” Each of these books is short and, at first reading, deceptively simple. Yet with each, I made substantial improvement in my playing skills in just a few days. To a substantial extent, this was a case of me being ready for the message through 50 years of playing, including a brief stint of professional training in 1960/61 and informal […]

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Charles Harris

I am 81 and about three years ago I started taking trumpet lessons — and eventually blew my lip out and quit. Had creases in upper and lower. I decided to check embouchure on the IT and bought your book. Within a week I had developed a new embouchure a combination of overlap and pucker, and am sailing along without lessons. I can now play for 30 to 60 minutes on good days without a problem and the tone can be sweet. Also I can reach notes up to 2 octaves above C but better yet, have the methodlology to advance. I now must strengthen the muscles to change notes more quickly ans slur octaves — but it is fun. You have changed my life for the better, given me a freedom on the instrument previously denied me, and I thank you very much. Sincerely Charles Harris

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