Len Bergantino

Every Trumpet Player’s Quest Published in the International Musician Vol. 99, Iss. 7, (Jul 2001): p.20 By Len Bergantino, Ed.D., A.B.P.P, member Local 47 The Trumpet high register has always been a problem for me. My quest began with Jimmy Gozzo, in 1962. Jimmy was Conrad Gozzo’s father, the greatest lead player of all. Throug*1 p: Author of br: Lead in several house shows in Branson MO.h much diligent work and study with some very excellent trumpet players among them Frank Szabo and Charlie Davis; I was able to develop to a point of a good high E on the stand and an F sharp every day when practicing, with a once in a while G above high C in the practice room. In a rehearsal band, I had the unusual experience of sitting next to a very likable and benevolent lead trumpet player, Rex Merriweather, who played second while I […]

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Matt Stock

I’ve taken several lesson with Pops over the last four or five months and feel I have to speak up. I think you have some of the same misconceptions about him that many people have about your teacher, Claude Gordon. Clint is more than a chop doctor. Yes, I was skeptical at first also, but I’ve heard him play a triple c. And he immediately pointed out that you can’t really play music up there, its just a demonstration of the possibilities once you learn to play efficiently. But even if he didn’t have high chops, or for that matter play at, all my lessons have been well worth the two and half hour drive through Dallas rush hour traffic (Why do they call it rush hour if nothing is moving at all for miles in any direction?). What did we work on? Lyric playing, extremely soft playing, ear training, […]

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Keith Wood

Unbelievable lesson, man! Clint is a long-range thinker. He told me that he had a plan from our first lesson together, but it had to be in stages. First, he had to get my belly button (breathing) to work right. Then, straighten out my tongue arch. (and how he used compression) And finally, relax my facial tension. If he had told me the whole plan, I would’ve wanted to rush things, just like a college kid. The kicker was when he said, “If you lived here in the area, we could’ve done all this in 6 months”! Oh well… The only thing I have to battle now is the habit of tensing when I see certain things coming up in the music. One of the craziest things is that I feel warmed up all the time now. It’s WILD! I just buzz in the pedal area and my lip hums […]

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My lesson with Pops – Kurt Schulenburg

Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 07:43:27 -0500 From: “Kurt Schulenburg” Subject: My Lesson with Pops Hey all! Well, I’d love to post the story of the ultimate trumpet lesson here on the list, complete with all sordid details, but the trip has left my brain more than a little dead.(Too many hours in Memorial Day traffic…) With that in mind, I’m going to give an overview–chock full of opinions and impressions–and one that is certainly all my spin on a reality designed to help ME with MY particular problems. Once my head clears a bit, I’ll be posting a more detailed story on my Web Page–no need to clutter the list with all of my subjective points of view. So, if you’re curious, check it out more towards Friday or Saturday… I should start with the “why” of this idea–“Why did I travel hundreds of miles to take a six […]

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