Eddie Severn

Hi Pops 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: […]

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Rune Aleksandersen

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 […]

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Ole Utnes

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 or to the news group The URL to that page is: ‘Pops’ 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 […]

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Don Smith

“After nearly thirty years of pro and semi-pro playing, I thought I had seen it all. Clint is, without a doubt, a pro’s pro! His “cyber teaching” has made him a living legend to all of us who have benefited from his vast knowledge of brass playing. In my case, after asking Clint about how to “open up” my upper register, he suggested a slight mouthpiece alteration. At first I was skeptical because I don’t often change equipment but, I went ahead and took his advise. Clint was right on target! My sound opened up and, as a bonus, I gained much more control over my timber and intonation – everybody wanted to know if I got a new horn!! “Thanks Clint!” Don Smith

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Warren Lopicka

Pops is one of the most complete trumpet resources you will ever runacross. He is a master at helping you learn more about your trumpet playing so you can achieve your goals. Pops goal is watching his student succeed. Thank you Pops. Warren Lopicka

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Jim Donaldson

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 […]

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