'Design Innovations' is a series of articles looking at new and innovative developments in trumpet design, as well as gadgets and tools that are designed to make our practice and performance easier. First in the series is the Gapper™. David Hunsicker, the inventor, is currently the trumpet professor at Wichita State University and Principal Trumpet of … Continue reading ‘Design Innovations’ Part 1 : Gapper
Review of the 'JP by Taylor' Bb Trumpet #trumpet #trumpetreview
D.H. Lawrence writes: “Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.” The same could easily be said about trumpet students and the importance of developing versatility in not only their playing but also their outlook on life.
John Packer Musical Instruments have been making brass and woodwind instruments for the educational market in the UK for a number of years now. With the range expanding to include upgrade instruments and with the JP brand gaining market share in many more countries, now seems like a good time to take a look at … Continue reading Instrument Review: John Packer Bb Trumpets
Freddie Gavita is a young trumpet player at the top of his game. The trumpet category winner at the 2017 British Jazz Awards is receiving critical acclaim for his debut album ‘Transient’ as well universal admiration for his stunning playing with the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet alongside many other projects. I have caught up with … Continue reading Freddie Gavita: Interview & Instrument Review
The past few years has seen a number of new Bb models enter the Vincent Bach catalogue. Below is a summary... LT1901B Commercial LT weight #1 bell with French bead 5” bell, standard weight 2-piece valve section with bronze upper, custom #43 pipe. This model was a long time in coming. After much experimentation, the … Continue reading Instrument Review: New Bach B-flat Trumpet Models
A.R. Resonance is a maker of custom trumpets and mouthpieces from Italy. Antonio (Tony) Rapacciuolo creates instantly recognizable works of art, and is gaining a great reputation amongst trumpeters ‘in-the-know’, including Marquis Hill and Scott Tinkler. I only became aware of A.R. Resonance in the past 12 months from colleagues who had sought Tony's advice, … Continue reading A.R. Resonance: Interview and Mouthpiece Review
What difference does mouthpiece material make?
Music education has changed drastically over the past few years, and is a topic upon which instrumental teachers have often lamented. In the UK in particular we had a sudden shift to whole-class and group instrumental tuition 12 years ago, which has taken a long time to establish itself as anything more than a musical … Continue reading Resources for Group Trumpet Tuition
Mike Lovatt has one of the most heard and recognisable trumpet sounds in the world right now. If you do not think that you have heard him play before, you are probably wrong! Starring on more movie soundtracks than I can even begin to list, he is instantly recognised by his signature scintillating yet full, … Continue reading Mike Lovatt: Interview and Instrument Review
There is a multitude of great pro trumpets currently on the market, and some wonderful manufacturers working alongside players and teachers to develop instruments for every style of music, approach and player. In a previous post I have discussed finding the right balance of resonance/resistance for you. Here I am going to be less specific!...
It has become an almost daily occurrence that I speak to trumpeters who believe that they are either looking for an instrument with natural open resonance OR a closed resistance. The title of this blog post is a deliberate misnomer as I do not believe that these two factors are mutually exclusive. In fact I … Continue reading Resonance vs. Resistance