Sunday Scales 2: The payoff

Last time, I described my approach to learning and practicing scale patterns. Summary: learn the pattern, memorize it, and transpose it from memory. As my colleague and former teacher Shawn Spicer once said to me, “You don’t memorize scales, you know scales.” I find it fascinating how this approach is standard practice for jazz musicians but completely outside …

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Pedagogy: Mute guide

Here’s another resource I made for trumpet students. Much of this information comes from David Hickman’s excellent book, Trumpet Pedagogy. It would be a lot of fun to turn this into a more interactive online page with some video examples for different brands/types of mutes. Put a mute in it!