Some More Thoughts on Trumpet practice – Ear Training… the brass player must sing like a canary!

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It is with some trepidation that I publish this post as the subject matter is still very much a work in progress for myself and my students, but I’m now confident with the improvements and results in general that I have decided to go ahead anyway. I always asked the great John Wilbraham why he didn’t write a book. He said people would only get it wrong! I would be interested in readers thoughts, too.


Do you remember the age old instruction to young brass players to ‘sing’ as they play? My early teachers were keen on getting me to learn the words and singing them musically in my head as I learned to play.

Ever since I have studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester I have wondered about the benefits and the styles of ear training that I hear about out there. At Chetham’s I found myself…

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Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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