Brandon Craswell: “Results Will Only Happen When Students Honestly Assess Their Weaknesses and Take Them to Task”

In this new chapter we have Brandon Craswell, Associate Professor of Trumpet at University of Georgia, in Athens (USA). Brandon is also a professor of our Trumpet Magazine School, where we have several interesting videos of his, but we also wanted to share his experience with our members through an interview. Brandon gives us a few tips that he uses when working on Clarke studies with his students.

Stanley Friedman: “Most Technical/Physical Issues Can Be Solved by Focusing on the Music Itself”

Today we have the honor of interviewing a celebrity trumpeter, composer and director, Stanley Friedman, who also shares a preview of his soon to be published book with members of Trumpet Magazine — the book is called “Symmetrical Studies” (exercises and warm-ups designed to increase the register, maintain constant airflow and centering notes). Thank you, Stanley!

Philippe Litzler: “Pierre Thibaud Told Us All the Time, ‘You Should Know Your Trumpet Concerti at 150% to Be Able to Play It at 90% During an Audition or Exam’”

Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Philippe Litzler, principal of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and professor at the Lucerne School of Music (Switzerland), a European exponent (student of Thibaud in Paris) who also wanted to share a basic practice routine that he designed for his students with the members of Trumpet Magazine. Thanks, Philippe!

Raquel Rodriquez: “Students Won’t Always Have Good Days on the Trumpet, a Bright Outlook Is Needed to Get Through These Periods and Still Excel”

In today’s entry, we have Raquel Rodriguez. Originally from Texas, Raquel is passionate about Brass Bands and chamber ensembles. Her philosophy while working on the trumpet is interesting. Just look at all she has to share with us, including a PDF of exercises on how to better your “K” syllable for double tonguing!

Brian Neal: “Developing a Healthy Embouchure and Awareness of Use of Relaxed Air Are Key to Success as a Trumpet Player”

Today we have Brian Neal, who, apart from forming the Dallas Brass for 10 years and as soloist of the Miami Symphony, is now the trumpet professor at Miami Dade College. (And now we have him as a professor in Trumpet Magazine!). For subscribers, he is sharing a PDF of Caruso exercises adapted by Julie Landsman, titled “Lips + Mouthpiece + Trumpet.”

Arturo Sandoval: “When You Have a Good Sound, You Can Play Just Two Notes and the Entire World Appreciates It; With a Bad Sound, You Can Play Two Million Notes and Nobody Will Pay Attention”

You can not imagine how much we wanted to publish this interview. Our guest today needs no introduction. All of us have grown up listening to his music, which has served as an inspiration for generations of trumpet players. Even those who are not musicians have ever heard his name: Arturo Sandoval. It is an honor for us that he shares his knowledge with Trumpet Magazine and an exercise for members!

Elisa Koehler: “Mouthpiece Buzzing Exposes (and Often Cures) a Multitude of Embouchure Problems”

In this newly added interview, we have Elisa Koehler (professor at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, USA), and also the author of the interesting books, "Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature", and "A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player". Her experience in teaching, performing, directing, and researching is really impressive. And the exercise she shares with our subscribers to simulate a natural trumpet on the modern trumpet in B-flat is fascinating!

Tomislav Špoljar: “When You Have a Kid at 9 Years Old Who Happens to Be Very Active, You Cannot Easily Assign Them on Long Tone Drills”

In this new addition we have a trumpeter who, after studying with some incredible international teachers, has realized an unrelenting labor founding trumpet schools in his country, Croatia, where the trumpet has only just begun to exist. Furthermore, he is the artistic director of the only Croatian music festival dedicated to brass instruments. Don’t miss out on the advice he gives about teaching the trumpet to children and the valuable exercises in PDF format he is sharing!

Mary Bowden: “If You Can Sing a Piece With the Correct Pitches, It Will Be So Much Easier on the Trumpet”

The trumpeter that we have the pleasure of interviewing today is a young woman of 35 years, who knows how to form her own career as a concert artist, even after the demanding work with several groups that she has also founded (Seraph Brass and Chrysalis Chamber Players), and teaching as an artist in residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (USA). Even more, she is a professor in Trumpet Magazine! Don’t miss out of the PDF exercises that she shares with our members, for free.