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High Gear / Low Gear

What Gear Do You Play In?

Available as an Electronic Book only (No printed books).

This is a trumpet video course.
It has 15 video clips (1 hour 5 minutes) all in an Ebook and all delivered by email link instantly.

It features Keith Fiala (formerly with Maynard Ferguson) and Keith Wood..

The subject of High Gear Embouchure, embouchure shifts ... often comes up in forums.
I decided to do a book to address this issue. The largest book so far had 5 pages of instructions, 2 pages of pictures and some music.

This book has over 1 hour of video showing you the main ways that pro players use the idea of High/Low Sets to play.

It gives all of the pros and cons to this idea and gives you the info you need to do it wisely.

Video about the book.

You get to see and hear 2 good players try the various ideas and you get to see what is possible.

I know that many of you will say. "Pops you teach about Lip Setpoint (TM)."
I do teach that as a step to being a great player. It is vital to have a solid low gear for the high gear/low gear idea to work. You have to crawl, then walk and then run.

This book has written instruction from pros like Walt Johnson and Nick Drozdoff, who tell you how they do the high gear / low gear sets for playing.

This book could really set your playing on fire.

If you can't play above the staff; this won't help. You have to have enough range that the high and low gear have an overlap.
A range of High C will work fine. A range of top line F would fail badly. They would shift 50 times a song (25 going up and 25 coming down) because of how many notes F and above that they have to play. A range of High C they may only have to shift 2-4 times for the same song.
Using the shift 2-4 times would be easy but doing it 50 times a song and everyone would notice it.

This multimedia video course is $ 20.

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Because it is downloaded and because not everyone has broadband; I made the videos low resolution. Here are some examples of them. These have been shortened.

Video download info:

Test Video to see if you have a working player on your computer.

Save the Ebook to your computer. The videos are all linked in the Ebook.

If the videos links don't show live then you need to update your Adobe pdf reader. (They get corrupted.)
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The videos are wmv files. Every type of file has pros and cons. Some are bad with certain browsers some only work with a few programs...
WMV is the oldest and so the most supported file type which is why I used it.

On a PC they will open (either to play or save) with:
Windows Media Player

Real Player


Itunes has a glitch where the extension ".wmv"needs to be changed to ".mov". Now you can play these wmv files on iTunes.

On a Mac they will open (either to play or save) with:
Windows Media Player for Mac


All are free programs. Some setups require that you specify a program to open them.


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