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Famous Jazz Trumpet Players

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Famous Jazz Trumpet Players

Posted on 25 October 2010 by Robert

Recently there have been numerous searches on this site along the lines of “famous jazz trumpet players,” or “best trumpet players.” Each name links to a youtube video of the artist, so you have no excuse not to check them out.

Reader-Submitted Artists (Thanks!)

Suggested by Jason Parker

Suggested by Jay

Whew! That should keep your ears occupied for a while! Keep ’em coming!

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10 Useful Sites For The Trumpet Beginner

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Robert

While trying to learn trumpet, I’m constantly scouring the internet trying to find the best exercises and other information to help me progress. I’ve noticed that the good sites seem to be difficult to find if you don’t already know about them, and that there don’t seem to be any lists of the good ones. After a while of searching, you begin to feel like the guy below. So, I wamt to make a list for you beginners who, like me, are trying to find good information in order to become a better player.

1. Trumpet Herald
2. Trumpet Master
3. Exercise Database
4. O.J.’s Trumpet Page
5. How To Practice Trumpet
6. Another How To Practice Page
7. US 215th Army Band Youtube Videos
8. Solos
9. Trumpet FAQ
10. KNTU Jazz (Great music for your breaks!)

Bonus Links (keep ’em coming!)

11. Trumpet Playing Thoughts
12.Pop’s Trumpet College
13. Trumpet Resources
14. The musicians you should be studying

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My Musical Journey #2

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Robert

It has been a week since my first MMJ post and I’ve learned a bit more of “The Black Pearl” from Pirates Of The Caribbean. It might not seem like much but it was difficult for me. I didn’t think I’d be able to learn as much as I have so far, but I did it!

I know that I need to be patient with developing better tone, but I wish I could send better already! I know that I need to work on remembering fingerings for all of the notes. I’ve noticed that when I go in for a lesson, I always seem to forget them. Well, here’s the video for this update, for your enjoyment.

Please comment and let me know what you think!

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Who am I?

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Who am I?

Posted on 07 April 2010 by Robert

It just occurred to me that much of the people who read my blog don’t know me as well as they know other bloggers in the jazz niche. I feel that having a tight-knit community is important in small groups such as the one I’m a part of, so I’m going to tell you a little about myself and why I’m doing this.

My name is Robert, although my closest friends call me Ross. I’m a 23 year old student at the University of North Texas studying electrical engineering. I got into jazz just about the time I started my time here at the university, four years ago. Before that time, I had listened to a few jazz songs and liked them, but when I was thrown into the jazz scene here in Denton, my love for the genre grew.

The next thing I know, I’m taking classes such as “Introduction to jazz records,” and “Music health” just because my love for music had grown for so much. The music found on my iPod went to being mostly jazz tunes (and now it’s almost completely jazz). My guitar playing style went from rock to jazz and I recently began learning to play trumpet and I haven’t really played the guitar much lately at all. Soon after, I began this blog in an attempt to spread my love of jazz to everyone.

I’m always watching, always listening, always reading and always talking about jazz. You might say that I have become obsessed with it. I enjoy every aspect of it, from the theoretical aspect of it through the final result: the album. If you ever want to talk jazz, you can find me on AIM (minorsecond), or even call my google number posted on my bio page.

I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say, and you should let me know via email (robert@minorsecond.com) if you ever have any suggestions on topics or if you would like to write a guest post. Be sure to subscribe via RSS!

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Posted on 01 April 2010 by Robert

Today was my second trumpet lesson. I was apprehensive because I hadn’t practiced as much as I should since my first lesson due to the fact that I caught a cold, but I actually had quite a bit of fun. I think that I was right in picking up this instrument and deciding that I actually want to learn it. My teacher and I worked on “The Black Pearl” from Pirates Of The Caribbean. I only know the first 10 measures of it so far, but once I learn it I’d like to post a youtube video of myself playing it.
I’m going along with MaryamLovesJazz (follow her) over at the Twitter Jazz Network and her Jazz Appreciation Month Challenge. The JAM challenge is that you pick up whatever instrument you’ve always wanted to learn and just do it. You will not fail if you put enough effort into it.

I’m going to begin posting weekly video updates on my quest for learning to play the trumpet as a way of keeping myself in check. Your job as the reader is to comment on the updates and let me know how I’m doing. I want you to be brutally honest. If I’m doing something wrong, please let me know!

I leave you with this video, which is one that inspires me to learn trumpet:


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