Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sound Advice From Wynton Marsalis On Attitude To Practice…

Wynton’s Twelve Ways to Practice As a boy growing up in New Orleans, I remember my father, Ellis, a pianist, and his friends talking about “sheddin’.” When they got together, theyʼd say, “Man, you need to go shed,” or “I’ve … Continue reading

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Ha ha…

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Contra Bass Trumpet

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Gracie Fields Train…

I arrived back from Germany the other day. I swapped the aeroplane for a train at Manchester for the last leg of my journey home to Liverpool. I was delighted to see that, although badly faded, the train was dedicated … Continue reading

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A Musical Joke…

Ben came into the house with a new harmonica. ‘Grandpa, do you mind if I play this in here?’ ‘Of course not, Ben. I love music. In fact, when your Grandma and I were young, music saved my life.’ ‘What … Continue reading

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Take A Big Breath!

  One of many cartoon drawings by Peter Bond, trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Watch out for Peter’s new book on trumpet technique. Due soon…

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Trumpet Tips 4: Big News

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Brendan’s Current Daily Routine!

I have succumbed to the most  popular enquiry on here. ‘What stuff do you practice?’ Things have changed a lot recently and I have been travelling much more than usual. In two months, I have been to Scotland four times, … Continue reading

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Dizzy Gillespie Goes For A Snorkel!

The great John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie goes for a snorkel!

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