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Transposition Issues Dr. Gary Wurtz Associate Professor of Music Stephen F. Austin State University Transposition is an inherent part of being a trumpet player. As orchestra members we rarely play a piece that does not require us to transpose, either because we don't own a trumpet in the specified key, or because we choose to play on a trumpet other than t ...
Trumpet (Cornet) Embouchure Tips for Beginners Dr. Gary Wurtz Associate Professor of Music Stephen F. Austin State University From the first day of beginner band, getting the embouchure right may be the biggest concern for the future of each young trumpet player. The proper initial embouchure combined with frequent reinforcement will best assure that a you ...
The Essential Trumpeter Dr. Gary Wurtz Associate Professor of Music Stephen F. Austin State University Why PracticeAs a musician at any level (professional, amateur, student), everyone should have specific goals for improvement and performance ability. Most immediately, as college music majors, you have certain goals imposed upon you such as lessons, audit ...
List of Well-Known Trumpeters Dr. Gary Wurtz Associate Professor of Music Stephen F. Austin State University The idea of creating a list of well-known trumpeters was generated by a casual conversation with my college trumpet students some years back in which I found that they knew of only 2 or 3 modern trumpeters. I sat down and began listing every trumpet ...
Trumpet Intonation Dr. Gary Wurtz Associate Professor of MusicStephen F. Austin State University (Some of the concepts addressed below are trumpet specific, some relate to all brass instruments, and yet others are applicable to all musicians.) Two important steps to playing in tune: Know if you're out of tune. Listen. If pitch is bad, assume it cou ...
Clean Your Horn! Dr. Gary WurtzAssociate Professor of MusicStephen F. Austin State University A few years ago a student of mine was struggling uncharacteristically during a lesson. After some discussion I decided he might need to clean his instrument out. The discussion went like this: Teacher: “Your sound is real stuffy. When’s the last time ...
How Do I Teach My Trumpets to Play Higher? Dr. Gary WurtzAssociate Profesor of MusicStephen F. Austin State University Sooner or later all trumpet players have to learn how to play in the upper register. It is the nature of the beast since the trumpet is the soprano of the brass instruments. Many books have been written with the intention of aiding in the ...
Double Tonguing  Randy Casteel Director of Bands, Dakota High SchoolJazz & Trumpet Professor, Macomb Community College ...