"Congratulations to Clint McLaughlin for this informative collection of professional opinions.
"The Pros Talk Embouchure" is a helpful tool for better understanding both the differences and the common ground relating to the embouchure. It will hopefully lead to further candid discussions about this vital aspect of trumpet/brass performance.
ITG Journal June 2004
If they don't get it from reading this; then they should take up the sax.
Recording Artist & Author of Trumpet Isometrics. Leon Merian
Thanks for all your intelligent advice on TPIN. I do not know how you find the time!
High Note Artist Jim Manley
Hi ya from Wales UK!
How are you?
Would you consider adding a sound clip from me to your pupils page? I know we've never met but it was only after reading/playing your books did I get the range thing!
I assure you that it was only your book (and Mr. Jacoby's) which gave me the help I needed.
If another teacher put up a page with clips on I would not consider sending a clip.
I would be honored if you would consider me a pupil (albeit a remote one!) : )
Yours; Roddy Lewis
Author of "Embouchure Enhancement" Roddy Lewis
Your book is just fantastic and thank you for inviting me to offer up some of my thoughts on the subject. It is an interesting book.
Whatever one believes already can be found in this edition to verify that he is correct in his analysis.
On the other hand for those who are still searching and do not have their mind made up already; it has something that is bound to work for them.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Author of How to Play High Notes, Low Notes and All Those In Between,
Professor Emeritus University of North Texas 1950-1990
Thank you so much for the copy of the embouchure book. It is absolutely wonderful!!!
May be the most complete book on embouchure ever compiled
You have done trumpet players a wonderful service!
Author of several trumpet method books including The Truth About How To Play Double High C On Trumpet Bill Knevitt
My In Laws have arrived from the USA and brought with them a copy of your book "The pros talk embouchure" Congratulations for an excellent resource which I am sure will make interesting reading for all kinds of players. Thanks also to you for allowing me to contribute.
I have read with interest your own observations and the start of the book. Our views differ somewhat on the subject of closed versus open aperture. My own playing really came to life after I studied with Bobby Shew who teaches the more open concept. It's like anything else I guess, too closed is un productive and too open is also un productive. I have personally found a way of balancing a more open setting with the necessary compression to ascend into the upper register. The way I see it there are 4 key areas where we can increase compression:
1) By compressing air in the lungs,
2) By changing the level and position of the tongue inside the mouth,
3) By bracing the muscles around the embouchure (without squeezing the lips together)
4) By correctly using a shallow (high compression) mouthpiece. My main focus has always been on the first area of compressing the air.
HOWEVER! .........You have said two things which have really helped me and have brought about an instant improvement in my playing.
1) Rolling in the lips slightly. I have never done this before but doing this has given me more compression at the point of exit for the air (aperture). More snap in the sound and great stability on high A's etc.
2) Pulling the stomach in towards the spine as I ascend. I already did this on the "in" breath (Bobby Shew wedge) but when I continue to think of pulling in as I go higher it's all 20% easier! Common sense really when you think about it. Guts go up, lung space decreases, compression increases!
Have you read "The Essentials of Brass playing" by Fred Cox by the way? An interesting book.
So thanks again for your positive contribution to the brass world. I am sure the debate will continue. I think there is no right or wrong with trumpet playing, only successful and unsuccessful!
Eddie Severn Eddie Severn
Because of your dedication to understanding ALL the possibilities in trumpet playing, and because of your own personal experience with a long hiatus and successful rediscovery, you were able to show me more in a few hours of trumpet lessons than all my previous teachers had over the course of 15 years.
International Trumpet Guild Journal review of Trumpet FAQ's. (Short quote)
From a teaching standpoint, the questions asked are interesting, not only with respect to the various levels of performance, but in how topics are addressed by the author. Many answers are based on the philosophies of the late Don (Jake) Jacoby and his well known teachings and methodology.
(Jean Moorehead Libs, Ann Arbor, MI)
Full review found in Vol. 26, No. 2 January 2002 ITG Journal
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!"
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 trumpet playing*....It's already been done, and between Clint's book and Ole Utnes' site there is enough material to last a lifetime (as long as you already own the mandatory texts of Arban's, Clarke Techs, Bousquet/Concone, Charlier, Colin Lip Flexibilities or Matt's *Fundamental Flexibilities*, etc ;^)
And you'd better hurry, because once the word gets out about the contents of these books, they'll be out of print sooner than you can tongue the cornet part to *L'Histoire du Soldat*!
Thanks for providing such a fine reference, *Pops*! --
Jeanne G Pocius ITG Conference Clinician Jeanne G Pocius
*Mizpah* (The Lord God watch between me and thee while we are parted one from the other)
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 his suggestions and tips to improve my own playing and that of my students.
I recommend his materials highly.
The Schilke Loyalist
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I have named Pops "the cyber teacher" - and that is what he has been to me. I even made a web page where I collected some of the posts that Pops have sent to
It all started late in 1997, with my friend Rune, lending me a book by Pops, "The No Nonsense Trumpet from A to Z".
Wow! - a lot of good information that one cannot easily find elsewhere, but the layout was poor (typewriter format). I scanned the book, and ran it through an OCR program. The output I sent to Rune. He then formatted it into a book and sent that to Pops. After a while a copy of the new edition arrived in my mail.
From then on, I have been in regular contact with Pops and I consider him also my friend. Maybe someday we can meet in person?
In the autumn of 1998, I proposed a project for Pops and Rune that Rune named "The Comeback Trumpeters Guide".
If you go there you will see that Pops have made a great contribution called "Tips for a CP". He has also made a booklet of it, that you can get almost for free from him.
Another excellent idea that he have recently implemented is the "TRUMPET FAQ's" Here you will find a distilled compilation of his "cyber teaching".
I know Pops is now working on another exciting project - but I will not tell you what it is. Just monitor his web site for a while.
Needless to say: I recommend all his books and his next projects as well.
Your friend Ole - from the other side of the "pond" --
"Oulee the Gentle Viking"
I first met Clint on the net about 3 years ago. After reading his book, this was a revelation to me, it made all sense:
There are several ways to play the trumpet!
Most books only teach the "one correct way of playing", sometimes with religious undertones. All methods being different, confusing the poor reader.
Clint's books are not like this. He describes several ways to play the trumpet to a level of detail not found anywhere else!
I soon contacted him, and he helped me to learn how to play the Stevens embouchure via e-mail support. I am very grateful for the help he gave me! Without him, I might still be figuring out how to do it myself.
During the past year, I have got to know him as a caring and sincere person. I wholeheartedly recommend his books, they are some of the best out there!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us all,
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