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The Trumpet Gurus Hang

The Trumpet Gurus Hang

By Jose Johnson

Your chance to hang with some of the gurus of trumpet performance, education, repair, and manufacturing. Real people. Real talk. Real fun. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and join in on the hang.

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Episode 121: Hanging With Charlie Bertinin
Episode 121: Hanging With Charlie Bertinin
My guest for this episode is Charlie Bertini. Charlie is a man of many talents. Charlie started his professional playing career while still in the ninth grade when he formed his own dance band in upstate New York. Charlie went on to build his impressive chops playing trumpet for the Clyde Beaty-Cole Brothers circus. Charlie is top caliber performer, a passionate educator, a record producer, a concert promoter, and the founder of the AppleJazz record label. And he shows no signs of slowing down. Check out what Charlie has to say about Tyler Jaeger, what young players need, taking advantage of opportunities, his first professional band, trial by fire in the circus, becoming fearless, why you need to keep your brain moving forward, slow practice, building brain power, drawing out a great studio performance, different approaches to playing, microphones, the energy of the trumpet bell, what makes a great studio experience, bringing the music to life, the rewards of live performance and teaching, starting the Apple Jazz record label, truth in the performance, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about Charlie at: https://charliebertini.com/ Check out the offerings from Apple Jazz Records: https://www.applejazz.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets -------------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:02:47 Tyler Jaeger 00:05:23 What young players need 00:10:04 Taking advantage of opportunities 00:12:11 His first professional band 00:14:37 Trial by fire in the circus 00:21:15 Becoming fearless 00:23:18 Why you need to keep your brain moving forward 00:25:39 Slow practice 00:31:10 Building brain power 00:35:38 Drawing out a great studio performance 00:42:59 Different approaches to playing 00:45:57 Microphones 00:51:26 The energy of the trumpet bell 00:55:18 What makes a great studio experience 00:57:05 Bringing the music to life 01:04:02 The rewards of live performance and teaching 01:07:00 Starting the Apple Jazz record label 01:13:10 Truth in the performance 01:17:13 Sound Off 01:19:41 Geared Up 01:26:39 Rapid Fire Round
01:43:56
December 06, 2022
Episode 120: Hanging With Rich Wetzel
Episode 120: Hanging With Rich Wetzel
My guest for this episode is Rich Wetzel. Rich is all about the work. Whether it’s in the practice room or in the gym, Rich understands the importance of having a strategic approach if you want to achieve dramatic improvements. Rich has proven himself as a powerful lead trumpet player, a successful salesman, and, most recently, as an award-winning bodybuilder. Rich is a living testament that you are never too old to recreate your mind, your body, and your life. Check out what Rich has to say about practice room chops, having a consistent approach, the importance of recovery, mixing things up, the Frank Minear Method, getting gig ready, finding what works best for you, ah-ha moments, inspiring others to create change, keeping things simple, tips on how to improve your health and trumpet playing, combining music and business, building a career in music, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:34 Practice room chops 00:08:07 Having a consistent approach 00:11:35 The importance of recovery 00:16:08 Mixing things up 00:19:13 The Frank Minear Method 00:26:11 Getting gig ready 00:28:41 Finding what works best for you 00:31:24 Ah-ha moments 00:41:57 Inspiring others to create change 00:50:12 Keeping things simple 00:57:00 Tips on how to improve your health and trumpet playing 01:02:48 Combining music and business 01:11:08 Building a career in music 01:15:40 Sound Off 01:18:23 Geared Up 01:21:14 Rapid Fire Round
01:30:34
November 22, 2022
Episode 119: Hanging With Nathan Warner
Episode 119: Hanging With Nathan Warner
My guest for this episode is Nathan Warner. Nathan is an eclectic guy. His path has led him from attending the Interlochen Arts Camp to a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies at the Indiana School of Music, a master’s degree in classical trumpet from the Manhattan School of Music, and finally, a DMA from Stony Brook University. He’s a busy performer, passionate educator, and co-founder of the Apex Trumpet Symposium. And he manages to do everything with some serious swag and perfect hair. Check out what Nathan has to say about How the Apex Trumpet Symposium was born, toxic environments, giving permission to be where you are, learning to live with uncertainty, the importance of the struggle, aligning with his motivations, dealing with the negative voices, spirituality and music, the sound of Gabriel's trumpet, the importance of having your own voice, being the best version of yourself, the roles of affirmation and confrontation, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Get the skinny on Nathan at: https://www.nathanplaystrumpet.com/ Interested in learning more about the Apex Trumpet Symposium? https://apextrumpet.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:56 How the Apex Trumpet Symposium was born 00:17:56 Toxic environments 00:23:41 Giving permission to be where you are 00:37:25 Learning to live with uncertainty 00:43:32 The importance of the struggle 00:48:26 Aligning with his motivations 00:50:29 Dealing with the negative voices 00:54:11 Spirituality and music 00:59:39 The sound of Gabriel's trumpet 01:07:42 The importance of having your own voice 01:16:12 Being the best version of yourself 01:23:01 The roles of affirmation and confrontation 01:28:01 Sound Off 01:31:53 Geared Up 01:39:06 Rapid Fire Round
01:49:39
November 15, 2022
Episode 118: Hanging With Vinnie And The Hitmen
Episode 118: Hanging With Vinnie And The Hitmen
My guest for this episode is Vinnie Ciesielski. Vinnie returns for a second round at The Hang to discuss his new project, Vinnie and the Hitmen, a 15-piece horn-driven band that features some of Nashville’s heaviest hitters. But Vinnie’s vision of The Hitmen is not just about knockout performances; it’s also about touching the lives of young musicians to show them that anything is possible when you have enough passion and are willing to put in the work that it takes to go be awesome. Check out what Vinnie has to say about the birth of Vinnie And The Hitmen, deciding to record public domain Christmas music, creative arrangements, school concerts, speaking your vision into existence, why now is the perfect moment, why music is life-changing, being awesome, repetitive excellence, advice for building a career in music, the shifting landscape of the recording industry, joint ventures, being a better bandleader, becoming clear on your career objectives, his definition of success, why you need to support artists, inspiration and advise, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- To order your copy of “A Hitmen Christmas” head to: https://trumpetvinnie.com/shop/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets -------------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:02:49 The birth of Vinnie And The Hitmen 00:06:30 Deciding to record public domain Christmas music 00:09:18 Creative arrangements 00:14:00 School concerts 00:15:36 Speaking your vision into existence 00:23:53: Why now is the perfect moment 00:27:44 Why music is life-changing 00:35:49 Being awesome 00:38:18 Repetitive excellence 00:45:45 Advice for building a career in music 00:52:36 The shifting landscape of the recording industry 00:56:25 Joint ventures 01:00:41 A sneak preview 01:06:56 Being a better bandleader 01:13:18 Becoming clear on your career objectives 01:19:57 His definition of success 01:27:44 Another sneak peek 01:31:38 Why you need to support artists 01:36:42 Inspiration and advise 01:41:34 Rapid Fire Round
01:53:13
November 08, 2022
Episode 117: Hanging With Theresa May
Episode 117: Hanging With Theresa May
My guest for this episode is Theresa May.   Theresa is on a mission. From her early experiences in the Salvation Army Band to her current work with the group Mourning [A] BLKstar, Theresa has always understood the power of music. After earning her master’s degree in music performance from the Cincinnati University  Conservatory of Music, Theresa has made it her mission to spread the gospel of music’s ability to change the world and to be a bold voice for the underrepresented.    Check out what Theresa has to say about the Cleveland music scene, her early musical influences, coming full circle, the biggest lessons she has learned from her classical training, the importance of the groove, making a statement with your music, stereotypes in the music industry, taking responsibility for change, lessons from her father, finding her direction, her musical heroes, the importance of having fun, creating a safe space for improvement, her decision to build a career in Cleveland, defining personal success, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Theresa and her projects at: https://www.theresamaytrumpet.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  0:00:00 Intro  0:02:07 The Cleveland music scene 0:06:54 Her early musical influences  0:08:10 Coming full circle  0:12:20 The biggest lessons she has learned from her classical training  0:14:04 The importance of the groove  0:16:44 Making a statement with your music  0:23:13 Stereotypes in the music industry  0:30:48 Taking responsibility for change  0:37:52 Lessons from her father  0:44:54 Finding her direction  0:48:33 Her musical heroes  0:52:43 The importance of having fun  0:57:39 Creating a safe space for improvement  1:03:16 Her decision to build a career in Cleveland  1:09:09 Defining personal success  1:12:58 Sound Off  1:15:07 Geared Up  1:18:17 Rapid Fire Round
01:26:03
November 01, 2022
Episode 116: Hanging With Phil Snedecor
Episode 116: Hanging With Phil Snedecor
My guest for this episode is Phil Snedecor. Phil is all about the music. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Phil built a busy career performing and teaching in the Greater Washington DC area. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger whose etude books have become required material in many Trumpet studios and is currently Trumpet professor at the Hartt School. But whether it’s on the stage, in the classroom, or through his prolific writing, Phil always wants to keep the music at the forefront. Check out what Phil has to say about the difference between adjunct and tenure track teaching positions, life outside of the Capital Beltway, mobile warm-ups, the role of a teacher, learning life skills in the practice room, finding balance, studying at Eastman, solving technical problems by playing music, the most common shortcoming of young players, instilling a passion for listening, new voices, why perfect playing isn't always enjoyable, Wynton Marsalis and the cultural impact of music, the inspiration for his etude books, the importance of imagination, writing books for the modern trumpet player, the need for versatility, why he enjoys playing in a variety of musical settings, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about Phil at: https://www.philsnedecor.com Need etudes? Go to https://www.pasmusic.com Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:05:21 The difference between adjunct and tenure tracked teaching positions 00:07:03 Life outside of the Capital Beltway 00:08:50 Mobile warm-ups 00:10:56 The role of a teacher 00:13:23 Learning life skills in the practice room 00:15:52 Finding balance 00:19:09 Studying at Eastman 00:22:47 Solving technical problems by playing music 00:25:49 The most common shortcoming of young players 00:30:04 Instilling a passion for listening 00:33:06 New voices 00:35:23 Why perfect playing isn't always enjoyable 00:38:25 Wynton Marsalis and the cultural impact of music 00:43:14 The inspiration for his etude books 00:46:36 The importance of imagination 00:52:18 Writing books for the modern trumpet player 00:57:22 The need for versatility 01:00:47 Why he enjoys playing in a variety of musical settings 01:03:58 Sound Off 01:09:32 Geared Up 01:13:45 Rapid Fire Round
01:22:51
October 25, 2022
Episode 115: Hanging With Marcus Grant
Episode 115: Hanging With Marcus Grant
My guest for this episode is Marcus Grant. Marcus is a go-getter. In addition to his career as a player and composer, Marcus is also a professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Co-Founder and Director of the Trumpeter’s Multitrack Competition and Seminar, Vice President of Diversify The Stand, and a member of the Executive Board of the National Trumpet Competition. Good thing he loves what he does. Check out what Marcus has to say about the truth about his teachers, being bitten by the teaching bug, the impact of his teachers, the blessing and curse of social media, the birth of the Trumpet Multitrack Competition and Seminars, the importance of accessibility, what's in store for TMTCS, his role with the National Trumpet Competition, preparing for the future of trumpet playing, why you need to understand music theory, the process of improvement, his compositional projects, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about Marcus and his projects here: https://www.msgrantmusic.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 00:00:00 Intro 00:02:25 The truth about his teachers 00:04:43 Being bitten by the teaching bug 00:07:49 The impact of his teachers 00:10:54 The blessing and curse of social media 00:18:48 The birth of the Trumpet Multitrack Competition and Seminars 00:27:01 The importance of accessibility 00:29:33 What's in store for TMTCS 00:33:56 His role with the National Trumpet Competition 00:44:37 Preparing for the future of trumpet playing 00:55:16 Why you need to understand music theory 01:00:56 The process of improvement 01:06:59 His compositional projects 01:16:16 Sound Off 01:19:19 Geared Up 01:21:58 Rapid Fire Round
01:43:19
October 11, 2022
Episode 114: Hanging With Chris Smith
Episode 114: Hanging With Chris Smith
My guest for this episode is Chris Smith.   Chris is a man of action. After an eight-year tour of duty with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Corp band and an eleven-year run with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Chris is currently the Principle Trumpet for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. An avid athlete, Chris takes a sports-specific training approach to trumpet practice and a hall of fame coach's mentality to winning auditions.   Check out what Chris has to say about shifting musical gears, the need to adjust his approach to practice, marathons or sprints, sport-specific practice, etudes, the requirements of a successful career, the disconnect between practice and performing, training for an audition, how schools can better prepare their students for the audition process, the truth about the audition process, the importance of good coaching, how he improved his audition chops, finding focus, finding what works best for you, longevity, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Follow Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trombachris Find Chris On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.smith1911 Chris Smith's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChristopherSmithTrumpet Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:04:37 Shifting musical gears  00:12:54 The need to adjust his approach to practice  00:16:02 Marathons or sprints  00:23:45 Sport specific practice  00:32:37 Etudes  00:38:17 The requirements of a successful career  00:43:20 The disconnect between practice and performing  00:47:25 Training for an audition  00:54:44 How schools can better prepare their students for the audition process  01:01:10 The truth about the audition process  01:05:00 The importance of good coaching  01:09:41 How he improved his audition chops  01:21:00 Finding focus  01:26:50 Finding what works best for you  01:33:34 Longevity  01:37:14 Sound Off  01:45:20 The importance of recording yourself  01:48:43 Geared Up  01:59:57 Rapid Fire Round
02:15:00
October 04, 2022
Episode 113: A Tribute To Dan Miller
Episode 113: A Tribute To Dan Miller
On August 19, 2022, The trumpet world lost a shining star with the passing of Dan Miller.   Everything about Dan was larger than life. He was a big guy with a big smile and a huge heart.   Dan had an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz trumpet that he was always willing to share with anyone who asked.   As a player, Dan had a massive sound that could fill up a room. Every note Dan played oozed with his passion for life and music.    But perhaps one of his greatest attributes was his skill as a teacher and mentor to young players.   And so I felt it was only fitting to do this tribute to a man who brightened the lives of so many trumpet players, both directly and indirectly.   In this special episode, I talk with three Trumpet Gurus who came into Dan’s life during different chapters. We start with Brad Goode, who was an early teacher of Dan’s and who helped fan the flame of Dan’s passion for jazz history. Next, I talk with Kenny Rampton, who spent years playing with Dan in New York and who became like a second brother. Then I talk with Dan’s young protege, Nathaniel Wiliford, about Dan’s teaching and mentoring. And finally, I am joined by Dan’s brother Dave Miller who puts Dan’s entire life into perspective.   So please join us in this celebration of the life and contributions of Dan Miller.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  To learn more about Dan and for updates on the Dan Miller Jazz Master Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit https://www.danmillerjazz.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:01:28 Brad Goode on meeting Dan  00:09:20 Honoring the lineage  00:14:06 Dan as a player  00:17:04 Dan's influence on him  00:18:38 Dan's legacy  00:21:24 Final thoughts  00:23:20 Kenny Rampton  00:23:50 Working with Dan  00:25:45 Dan's encyclopedic knowledge  00:28:14 Dan's heart  00:34:22 Dan's impact on his life  00:37:15 How Dan helped him find the perfect plunger  00:39:31 Dan as a lead trumpet player  00:40:53 Living life on his own terms  00:42:14 Dan's legacy  00:42:36 Dan and his family  00:46:13 How we can honor Dan's legacy  00:52:58 Dan and his cup mute  00:57:22 Nathaniel Wiliford  00:58:03 The start of their relationship  01:04:33 Dan as a teacher  01:07:25 What's been hardest for him  01:10:35 The last time he spoke with Dan  01:11:17 Dan's concern for others  01:16:03 The best word to describe Dan  01:21:54 Being grateful for their relationship  01:26:39 Dan's legacy  01:30:17 Passing on Dan's legacy  01:38:20 Dave Miller  01:39:12 Growing up in a musical household  01:42:28 Dan's major inspirations  01:43:57 Moving to New York  01:45:57 Their relationship 01:49:09 Dan's impact on others 01:50:51 Their shared drive for deep knowledge 01:52:31 Their shared passion for education 01:56:07 The legacy of Dan Miller 01:58:47 How we can best honor Dan 02:00:23 How he wants others to remember Dan
02:03:56
September 27, 2022
Episode 112: Hanging With Paul Merkelo
Episode 112: Hanging With Paul Merkelo
My guest for this episode is Paul Merkelo.    Paul is a multi-tasker. In addition to his duties as the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Paul is also a highly sought-after soloist. He has traveled the world performing both old and new works and recently completed his fifth solo recording project. And in his spare time, Paul is on the faculty of two universities - McGill University in Montreal and The Music Academy of The West in Santa Barbara. All in a day's work.    Check out what Paul has to say about the truth about Joey Tartell, Illinois vs Montreal, the viability of a career as an orchestral trumpet player, full-time gigs vs freelancing, balancing the demands as a principal player and a soloist, managing your practice, mixing things up, making a statement with your playing, transcending technique, honoring the work, keeping things fresh and challenging, the role of the ego, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  For all things Paul, including ordering his newest recording of trumpet concertos by Arutionian, Shostakovich, and Weinberg, go to: http://www.paulmerkelotrumpet.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00:00 Intro  00:02:10:20 The truth about Joey Tartell  00:04:13:02 Illinois vs Montreal  00:07:17:20 The viability of a career as an orchestral trumpet player  00:12:44:22 Full-time gigs vs freelancing  00:16:08:03 Balancing the demands as a principal player and a soloist  00:22:11:13 Managing your practice  00:29:30:16 Mixing things up  00:35:36:07 Making a statement with your playing  00:47:20:21 Transcending technique  00:57:51:20 Honoring the work  01:06:29:20 Keeping things fresh and challenging  01:10:31:08 The role of the ego  01:15:06:20 Sound Off  01:20:12:11 Rapid Fire Round
01:28:18
September 20, 2022
Episode 111: Hanging With Jeff Purtle
Episode 111: Hanging With Jeff Purtle
My guest for this episode is Jeff Purtle. Jeff is a systematic kind of guy. As a student of the legendary Claude Gordon, Jeff was taught more than just how to play the trumpet. Jeff absorbed Claude’s passion for teaching and his knack for helping students develop a systematic approach to daily practice. Jeff is thoughtful, insightful, and a lifelong learner. And he is always willing to help others find a better way. Check out what Jeff has to say about creating digital content, how he began studying with Claude Gordon, Claude Gordon's teaching style, his big takeaways from his time with Claude Gordon, the benefits and pitfalls of teaching trumpet online, adjusting teaching styles, the most important things to practice, important method books, newer and lesser known method books, keeping up a personal practice routine, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Want to know more about Jeff? Check out his website: https://www.purtle.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ----------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:05:00 Creating digital content 00:08:21 How he began studying with Claude Gordon 00:17:30 Claude Gordon's teaching style 00:24:42 His big takeaways from his time with Claude Gordon 00:30:11 The benefits and pitfalls of teaching trumpet online 00:41:08 Adjusting teaching styles 00:48:00 The most important things to practice 00:52:03 Important method books 00:54:55 Newer and lesser known method books 01:03:23 Keeping up a personal practice routine 01:09:12 Sound Off 01:14:15 Geared Up 01:18:38 Rapid Fire Round
01:28:37
September 06, 2022
Episode 110: Chop Problems
Episode 110: Chop Problems
Chop problems. Just hearing those words sends shivers down the spine of amateur and professional trumpet players alike.   The thought of not being able to play the trumpet is something that creeps around in the deepest and darkest parts of our brains.   Most of the time, it is an irrational fear. But sometimes, the fear becomes very real.   The question is, is it possible to come back from chop problems?   Sometimes the answer is no.  But often, the answer could be yes, but only if you know where to look for help.   This special compilation episode of The Trumpet Gurus Hang features six of my past guests who have not only overcome chop problems but have turned their temporary setbacks into a setup for greater success.   Check out Bryan Davis on the process of recovering from overuse and playing the hard way, Mike Sailors on reviving broken down chops due to improper technique, Kenny Robinson on his method of dealing with cold sores, Craig Kenney on recovering from Bell's Palsy, Rich Willey on the importance of having the right mental attitude, and Brad Goode on recovering from traumatic injury.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Bryan Davis at: https://bryandav.is/ Connect with Mike Sailors at: https://www.mikesailors.com/ Check out Ken Robinson at: https://www.kgrmusic.com/ Connect with Craig Kenney at: https://www.facebook.com/craig.kenney.5 Find Rich Willey at: https://www.boptism.com/ Learn more about Brad Goode at: https://www.bradgoode.com Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:01:00 Bryan Davis on recovering from overuse and playing the hard way  00:14:51 Mike Sailors on broken down chops due to improper technique  00:23:43 Kenny Robinson on dealing with cold sores  00:30:34 Craig Kenney on recovering from Bell's Palsy  00:41:17 Rich Willey on the importance of having the right mental attitude  00:50:52 Brad Goode on recovering from traumatic injury  01:04:50 Wrap up
01:05:50
August 30, 2022
Episode 109: Hanging With Adam MacBlane
Episode 109: Hanging With Adam MacBlane
My guest for this episode is Adam MacBlane.   Adam is all about finding the right tool for the job. After receiving his Master of Music in Instrumental Performance degree, Adam shifted his focus from being behind the bell to the manufacturing and marketing side of the trumpet world. His deep dive into the art and science of trumpet design gave Adam a unique perspective that he uses in his company, Niche Trumpet, to help players find the right horn for their specific needs.   Check out what Adam has to say about the origin of Tommy The High Note Police, his start with P Mauriat, retail vs. manufacturing, fitting a player to the right horn, becoming a gear geek, manufacturing mentors, the evolution of Carol Brass, designing the new Michael Williams model trumpet, the impact of bell material on sound, his personal preference for horns, the advantage of a smaller mouthpiece, rim size and backbones, the advantage of keeping it simple, quieting the noise, why everyone should learn how to improvise, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Let Adam help you find your next horn: https://nichetrumpet.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  --------------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:57 The origin of Tommy The High Note Police  00:04:31 His start with P Mauriat  00:06:28 Retail vs. manufacturing  00:11:33 Fitting a player to the right horn  00:14:40 Becoming a gear geek  00:16:46 Manufacturing mentors  00:19:38 The evolution of Carol Brass  00:25:22 Designing the new Michael Williams model trumpet  00:31:30 The impact of bell material on sound  00:33:25 His personal preference for horns  00:40:40 The advantage of a smaller mouthpiece  00:44:39: Rim size and backbones  00:46:41 The advantage of keeping it simple  00:49:31 Quieting the noise  00:53:26 Why everyone should learn how to improvise  00:54:58 Sound Off  00:57:14 Geared Up  01:00:25 Rapid Fire Round
01:11:41
August 09, 2022
Episode 108: Hanging With Nathaniel Williford
Episode 108: Hanging With Nathaniel Williford
My guest for this episode is Nathaniel Williford. Nathaniel is an old soul. At the ripe old age of 17, Nathaniel has already begun to make an impression on the trumpet world. Nathaniel’s beautiful sound, improvisational skills, and command of the trumpet’s upper register have earned him numerous awards and accolades. But what has caught the attention of many of the top names in the business is not Nathaniel’s chops; it’s his humility, sincerity, maturity, and dedication to his craft. Check out what Nathaniel has to say about his relationship with Dan Miller, why the hang is so important, mentoring and motivation, the need for versatility, the difference between playing and practicing, being in love with the trumpet, staying motivated, winning the Essentially Ellington Competition, keeping the music first, future plans, remote recording, his ideal career, beginning his musical journey, balancing music and life, having respect for all kinds of music, social media, working on his writing chops, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets --------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:16 His relationship with Dan Miller 00:06:01 Why the hang is so important 00:10:46 Mentoring and motivation 00:15:21 The need for versatility 00:17:20 The difference between playing and practicing 00:22:08 Being in love with the trumpet 00:24:45 Staying motivated 00:28:54 Winning the Essentially Ellington Competition 00:35:39 Keeping the music first 00:37:40 Future plans 00:43:13 Remote recording 00:46:30 His ideal career 00:50:11 Begining his musical journey 00:56:45 Balancing music and life 01:00:33 Having respect for all kinds of music 01:03:56 Social media 01:07:24 Working on his writing chops 01:09:17 Sound Off 01:15:30 Geared Up 01:23:05 Rapid Fire Round
01:37:31
August 02, 2022
Episode 107: Hanging With Jumaane Smith
Episode 107: Hanging With Jumaane Smith
My guest for this episode is Jumaane Smith.  Jumaane is kickin’ it old school. As the lead trumpet player for Michael Buble, Jumaane has toured the world playing in sold-out concert halls and packed stadiums. His playing combines the lyricism of the old masters with some modern-day swagger. Jumaane can bring the heat with his horn, or he can make it sweet with his smooth vocals. Because no matter what he does, it’s always about the music.   Check out what Jumaane has to say about how it feels to play with Michael Buble, ways to hear yourself onstage, learning to play by feel, his influences, the benefits of singing, the lessons he's learned working with great vocalists, dealing with the haters, his favorite musical setting, gratitude, change, developing as a trumpet player, a melodic approach to lead trumpet playing, the current state of jazz, the impact of Wynton Marsalis, what it takes to become a great player, his approach to practice, why practice should be consistent and efficient, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Jumaane Smith’s official webpage: https://www.jumaanesmith.com/  Catch Jumaane on tour with Michael Buble: https://www.michaelbuble.com/?frontpage=true  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:01 How it feels to play with Michael Buble  00:08:31 Ways to hear yourself onstage  00:10:17 Learning to play by feel  00:16:38 His influences  00:17:48 The benefits of singing  00:21:03 The lessons he's learned working with great vocalists  00:24:22 Dealing with the haters  00:28:52 His favorite musical setting  00:30:42 Gratitude  00:34:40 Change  00:35:52 Developing as a trumpet player  00:39:51 A melodic approach to lead trumpet playing  00:41:23 The current state of jazz  00:48:46 The impact of Wynton Marsalis  00:55:02 What it takes to become a great player  00:59:22 His approach to practice  01:03:13 Why practice should be consistent and efficient  01:07:11 Sound Off  01:11:10 Geared Up  01:18:05 The importance of troubleshooting skills  01:19:07 Rapid Fire Round
01:29:04
July 26, 2022
Episode 106: Hanging With Mark Upton
Episode 106: Hanging With Mark Upton
My guest for this episode is Mark Upton.   Mark is trumpet royalty. The son of two professional trumpet players, Mark was destined to become a world-class player. As the principal trumpeter for The Royal Marines Band, Mark regularly performed for The Royal Family and his powerful playing has been featured in performances at The Royal Albert Hall. And as the trumpet tutor at the Royal Marines School of Music, Mark is paving the way for a new generation of amazing Royal musicians.   Check out what Mark has to say about being a military musician, the diverse requirements of the Royal Band, The Royal Marines School of Music, his COVID project, Larry Meregillano's Compression Traning System, studying with Dereck Watkins, growing up with trumpet-playing parents, refining his sound, programming his Trumpet Legacy feature, developing your own voice, focusing on fundamentals, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Mark at his website: http://markupton-uk.com/  Check out Mark's tribute to some of the greatest jazz trumpeters in his Trumpet Legacy performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMwQjbWr10w  Take your chops to the next level with Larry Mereglliano's Compression Training System: https://www.trumpetlegacy.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:26 Being a military musician  00:06:36 The diverse requirements of the Royal Band  00:09:17 The Royal Marines School of Music  00:12:45 His COVID project  00:16:05 Larry Meregillano's Compression Traning System  00:22:10 Studying with Dereck Watkins  00:28:15 Growing up with trumpet-playing parents  00:32:04 Refining his sound  00:34:22 Programming his Trumpet Legacy feature  00:43:15 Developing your own voice  00:49:56 Focusing on fundamentals  00:57:35 Sound Off  01:00:48 Geared Up  01:10:31 Rapid Fire Round
01:18:38
July 19, 2022
Episode 105: Hanging With Mike Sailors
Episode 105: Hanging With Mike Sailors
My guest for this episode is Mike Sailors Mike is committed to figuring things out. A talented performer, composer, and educator, Mike’s career was almost cut short by severe chop problems. With the help of Trumpet Gurus like Rich Willey, Bryan Davis, and Peter Bond, Mike went on to forge a successful career in New York City before returning to his Alma Mater in Austin, Texas where he is committed to helping a new generation of trumpet players avoid the same mistakes that he made. Check out what Mike has to say about his major chop issues, finding solutions, poor pedagogy, overcoming poor pedagogy, today's great thinkers on trumpet pedagogy, a more natural approach to playing the trumpet, the problem with playing too loud, his career arc, being an educator, finding your passion, why it's tough living in New York, developing the skills to be a jazz player, his approach to practice, playing by feel, how to make your practice time more efficient, his three main cats, the most important musician of our time, tips for playing high notes, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Mike Sailors at: https://www.mikesailors.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets --------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00:00 Intro 00:03:07:22 His major chop issues 00:06:55:17 Finding solutions 00:08:04:08 Poor pedagogy 00:09:15:04 Overcoming poor pedagogy 00:12:16:12 Today's great thinkers on trumpet pedagogy 00:14:52:08 A more natural approach to playing the trumpet 00:19:42:21 The problem with playing too loud 00:24:22:24 His career arc 00:31:01:00 Being an educator 00:33:52:05 Finding your passion 00:38:18:23 Why it's tough living in New York 00:47:12:21 Developing the skills to be a jazz player 00:53:13:01 His approach to practice 00:54:57:21 Playing by feel 00:56:57:23 How to make your practice time more efficient 01:01:32:05 His three main cats 01:07:38:18 The most important musician of our time 01:10:58:22 Sound Off 01:14:42:21 Geared Up 01:23:02:17 Tips for playing high notes 01:27:16:11 Rapid Fire Round
01:35:37
July 12, 2022
Episode 104: Hanging With Joey Tartell
Episode 104: Hanging With Joey Tartell
My guest for this episode is Joey Tartell.   Joey is one-of-a-kind. Never one to let popular conventions limit him, Joey is not only well-respected in the jazz world as a dazzling lead player but is also a highly accomplished classical musician and founding member of the trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi. Joey is a passionate educator who is never at a loss for words and is dedicated to his calling to “rid the world of bad trumpet playing.”    Check out what Joey has to say about staying busy, continual growth, focus, the difference between musicians and athletes, competition, Tromba Mundi, The Open Bell podcast, the hardest job in the music industry, the worst advice ever, musical loves, how to be a great lead trumpet player, his approach to practice, the importance of musical versatility, the Matrix problem, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Read Joey’s blog: https://joeytartell.com/bio/  Find out more about Tromba Mundi: https://trombamundi.org/  Listen to The Open Bell podcast: https://worldtrumpetfederation.com/the-open-bell-podcast/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00:00 Intro  00:02:23:24 Staying busy  00:08:39:05 Continual growth  00:14:18:21 Focus  00:18:48:24 The difference between musicians and athletes  00:22:55:10 Competition  00:26:25:02 Tromba Mundi  00:30:46:14 The Open Bell Podcast  00:36:50:22 The hardest job in the music industry  00:42:08:05 The worst advice ever  00:45:56:23 Musical loves  00:48:08:17 How to be a great lead trumpet player  00:50:14:14 His approach to practice  00:55:53:01 The importance of musical versatility  01:00:04:05 The Matrix problem  01:01:28:19 Sound Off  01:03:42:11 Geared Up  01:11:08:09 Rapid Fire Round
01:19:41
July 05, 2022
Episode 103: Hanging With Rich Willey
Episode 103: Hanging With Rich Willey
My guest for this episode is Rich Willey.   Rich speaks from experience. A veteran sideman and prolific composer, Rich has played with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Mel Torme, and Tommy Dorsey, and has published a massive collection of arrangements, compositions, and method books. But success on the bandstand came at a price. Rich has had to endure a number of setbacks that nearly ended his career, eventually leading Rich to become a student of Donald Reinhardt’s Pivot System and to his commitment to provide help and hope to others.   Check out what Rich has to say about learning from adversity, the power of self-talk, his advice on recovering from Bell's Palsy, why you can't cram for trumpet playing, being committed, why you have to be willing to suck, an introduction to the teachings of Donald Reinhardt, the musical side of Doc Reinhardt, diagnostic tools, diagnosing problems, self-diagnosis, moving to Philadelphia to study with Doc Reinhardt, Reinhardt resources, inspirations for his method books, how talent can be your biggest enemy, the sound characteristics of Reinhardt types, lip buzzing, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find Rich's music and publications at: https://www.boptism.com/  Listen to Dr. Donald Reinhardt explain his concepts: https://www.boptism.com/product-category/doc-reinhardt-listening-zone/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00:00 Intro  00:03:37:12 Learning from adversity  00:07:05:02 The power of self-talk  00:08:31:14 His advice on recovering from Bell's Palsy  00:11:21:12 Why you can't cram for trumpet  00:13:45:14 Being committed  00:15:31:12 Why you have to be willing to suck  00:18:54:03 An introduction to the teachings of Donald Reinhardt  00:23:24:14 The musical side of Doc Reinhardt  00:29:34:24 Diagnostic tools  00:32:54:07 Diagnosing problems  00:40:05:17 Self diagnosis  00:46:17:07 Moving to Philadelphia to study with Doc Reinhardt  00:52:44:20 Reinhardt resources  00:56:19:20 Inspirations for his method books  01:05:36:20 How talent can be your biggest enemy  01:07:26:02 Sound off  01:12:04:22 Sound characteristics by type  01:14:34:20 Lip Buzzing  01:16:19:19 Geared Up  01:24:41:11 Rapid Fire Round
01:38:06
June 28, 2022
Episode 102: Hanging With Bijon Watson
Episode 102: Hanging With Bijon Watson
My guest for this episode is Bijon Watson.   Bijon is a straight-up beast. Originally from Boston, Bijon began his studies of classical trumpet at the prestigious New England Conservatory Of Music Preparatory School. While doing his undergrad work at The Unversity of Southern California, Bijon began his journey into the world of commercial music. Equally at home in the concert hall, studio, or arena, Bijon has made a name for himself as a versatile and dependable player who always tries to look as good on stage as he sounds.    Check out what Bijon has to say about East Coast vs West Coast styles, playing lead trumpet, Snooky Young, a balanced approach to sound, mouthpiece buzzing, learning to adjust, lip size and pliability, trumpet mouthpieces, switching musical genres, his favorite types of gigs, the differences between playing live, in the studio, and on television, how to develop consistency, the need for constant improvement, the importance of a consistent warm-up routine, shirts and shoes, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Bijon and all of his projects at: https://www.bijonwatson.com/ Gigs making your back and feet as tired as your chops? Try this: https://amzn.to/3n5C2oa Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecret  -----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00:00 Intro  00:02:38:00 East Coast vs West Coast  00:06:18:11 Playing lead trumpet  00:10:51:21 Snooky Young  00:16:30:17 A balanced approach to sound  00:20:57:06 Mouthpiece Buzzing  00:30:09:10 Learning to adjust  00:35:50:17 Lip size and pliability  00:42:54:01 Trumpet mouthpieces  00:46:33:23 Switching genres  00:51:46:22 His favorite types of gigs  00:54:27:18 The differences between playing live, in the studio, and on television  00:58:48:10 How to develop consistency  01:04:00:03 The need for constant improvement  01:07:30:14 The importance of a consistent warm-up routine  01:14:03:05 Sound Off  01:16:48:04 Geared Up  01:19:47:10 Shirts and shoes  01:23:17:20 Be aware of your brand  01:24:53:02 Jose's tip for avoiding sore feet and backs on long gigs  01:26:42:13 Rapid Fire Round
01:40:56
June 21, 2022
Episode 101: Hanging With K.O. Skinsnes
Episode 101: Hanging With K.O. Skinsnes
My guest for this episode is K.O. Skinsnes.   K.O. is a wealth of knowledge. Over his career, K.O. has been fortunate to be mentored by some of the top names in mouthpiece manufacturing, trumpet design, acoustics, and sound reinforcement. His depth and breadth of knowledge make K.O. a skilled technician and an insightful problem-solver. And all of his years in the business have also provided K.O. with a near-endless supply of entertaining stories.   Check out what K.O. has to say about his late early beginnings, making gear transparent, why there will never be an in-tune Martin Committee, playing your part, why you need to learn to figure things out, learning and growing, music in Hawaii, the revival of live music, Bob Reeves, the genius of Bill Cardwell, connecting the dots, breaking his own rule, the vision behind Stomvi's 4-valve instruments, the role of damping, his Double C  mouthpiece, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Check out K.O.’s latest products at: https://stomvi-usa.com/ The Stomvi YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdu_O_JWg5ZEjCL7kWW9eQ “Jump On Board” - video tribute to John Madrid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbPi8y3wPDg Learn how to be a great 4th trumpet player: https://youtu.be/FnsEZ9q2hOc Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets -------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro   00:02:37 Late early beginnings   00:06:48 Making gear transparent   00:10:39 Why there will never be an in-tune Martin Committee   00:14:17 Playing your part   00:19:24 Why you need to learn to figure things out   00:26:47 Learning and growing   00:32:06 Music in Hawaii   00:38:01 The revival of live music   00:44:11 Bob Reeves   00:46:14 The genius of Bill Cardwell   00:49:33 Connecting the dots   00:54:03 Breaking his own rule   00:57:15 The vision behind Stomvi's 4-valve instruments   01:02:54 The role of damping   01:18:12 His Double C  mouthpiece   01:21:23 Sound Off   01:28:39 Geared Up   01:43:03 Rapid Fire Round
01:52:34
June 14, 2022
Episode 100: A Tribute To Bob Reeves
Episode 100: A Tribute To Bob Reeves
On April 17, 2022, the trumpet world said goodbye to a pioneer and industry trendsetter - Bob Reeves. Bob was much more than a mouthpiece manufacturer, and his impact on the trumpet world has benefited nearly every player in the last 50 years. As a tribute to the memory of Bob, I've invited three Trumpet Gurus - Chris Cromer, Terry Warburton, and K.O. Skinsnes - to share their stories of how Bob's work helped shape their work and the direction of modern trumpet equipment.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:01:35 Bob setting a new standard for manufacturers  00:03:10 Always being willing to share information  00:05:38 The Gap  00:08:10 How Bob impacted his approach to repair  00:10:50 The importance of valve alignments  00:14:10 Bob's lasting legacy  00:15:40 Terry Warburton  00:16:31 First meeting Bob  01:20:51 Bob's technical contributions  00:23:19 Raising the bar  00:26:34 Consistency  00:30:19 Bob's greatest gift  00:32:23 The importance of tight tolerances  00:33:53 Leaving a legacy  00:38:16 KO Siknsnes  00:38:56 His introduction to Bob Reeves  00:46:20 Bob Reeves the problem solver  00:49:40 Bob Reeves the technician  00:50:29 An unreleased video of Bob  00:53:25 Bob's inspiration for valve alignments  00:56:30 Setting a higher standard  00:59:30 Two Canadian Brass stories  01:05:17 Whatever happened to Bob Reeves?  01:06:58 Bob was the greatest mouthpiece maker that's ever lived  01:10:40 How Bob got started  01:13:32 Building on past successes  01:18:48 Advice to mouthpiece manufacturers  01:23:46 Wrap Up
01:25:39
June 03, 2022
Episode 99: Hanging With Craig Kenney
Episode 99: Hanging With Craig Kenney
My guest for this episode is Craig Kenney.   Craig is a hidden gem. A world-class lead player, Craig’s career did not take the conventional route. Instead of forging a name on the road or in the studios, Craig chose to stay close to home in South Central Pennsylvania. A decision that placed him in the perfect spot to spend two decades as the lead player for the legendary Dave Stahl. But his recent experience rebuilding his chops after a bout with Bell’s Palsy is a masterclass in determination and resiliency that every player can benefit from.    Check out what Craig has to say about choosing to stay close to home, playing lead with Dave Stahl, important lessons for lead trumpet players, his inspirations, learning to play in the upper register, students and mouthpieces, being a teacher, Clarke Studies for upper register development, having a musical family, the importance of community bands, helping players feel comfortable, recovering from Bells Palsy, finding the silver lining, changes in attitude, dealing with uncertainty, his advice for recovering from a physical setback, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------  Find Craig on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/craig.kenney.5 Stay up to date with the Leabman Kenny Jazz Orchestra at: https://lewleabman.com/leabmankenney.html Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:48 Choosing to stay close to home  00:06:40 Playing lead with Dave Stahl  00:13:30 Important lessons for lead trumpet players  00:18:46 His inspirations  00:21:39 Learning to play in the upper register  00:31:19 Students and mouthpieces  00:33:33 Being a teacher  00:34:36 Clarke Studies for upper register development  00:36:46 Having a musical family  00:40:39 The importance of community bands  00:44:20 Helping players feel comfortable  00:48:15 Recovering from Bells Palsy  00:54:04 Finding the silver lining  00:59:55 Changes in attitude  01:04:24 Dealing with uncertainty  01:07:09 His advice for recovering from a physical setback  01:09:40 Sound Off  01:11:58 Geared Up  01:18:04 Rapid Fire Round
01:28:12
May 24, 2022
Episode 98: Hanging With Louis Dowdeswell
Episode 98: Hanging With Louis Dowdeswell
My guest for this episode is Louis Dowdeswell.    Louis is incredible. Louis’ seemingly effortless command of the trumpet’s upper register puts him in rare air indeed.  As one of the Young Lions of the bustling London music scene, you can hear Louis light it up in studios, soundstages, and pits as well as with his own big band. And Louis’ video covers of soundtrack tunes have had millions of views worldwide. But the best part is that Louis’ laugh comes just as easy as his double C.   Check out what Louis has to say about connecting with Wayne Bergeron, being a mentor. learning how to be a successful musician, the Tom Walsh Effect, the London musical path, finding your unique selling proposition, defining moments, change and growth, the necessity of trade-offs, Maynard Ferguson, anatomy and efficiency, the importance of soft playing to develop the upper register, Reinhardt Types, his theory on aperture size and compression, how to practice to develop the upper register, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find all things Louis at: https://www.louisdowdeswell.com/home  Louis on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChickenTiko  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ------------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:53 Connecting with Wayne Bergeron  00:08:21 Being a mentor  00:15:20 Learning how to be a successful musician  00:23:00 The Tom Walsh Effect  00:29:05 The London musical path  00:32:59 Finding your unique selling proposition  00:40:46 Defining moments  00:51:42 Change and growth  01:01:08 The necessity of  trade-offs  01:06:30 Maynard Ferguson  01:10:14 Anatomy and efficiency  01:13:29 The importance of soft playing to develop the upper register  01:19:00 Reinhardt Types  01:21:02 His theory on aperture size and compression  01:29:25 How to practice to develop the upper register  01:32:33 Sound Off  01:37:57 Geared Up  01:42:34 Rapid Fire Round
01:52:13
May 17, 2022
Episode 97: Hanging With Cameron Milligan
Episode 97: Hanging With Cameron Milligan
My guest for this episode is Cameron Milligan. Cameron is a rising star. Cameron is a Montréal based freelance trumpet player and the winner of the 2022 Trumpeter’s Multi-Track Competition. His winning entry, a unique take on the jazz standard “All The Things You Are,” spotlights Cameron’s skills as a talented arranger, a skilled trumpet player, and a creative multi-media editor. Keep an eye on this guy, he’s definitely going places. Check out what Cameron has to say about his background, his early inspirations, the Montreal music scene, his musical passions, his arranging inspirations for his winning entry, his video production concepts, improvisation and the art of video creation, his multi-media tech specs, time commitment, why he entered the Trumpeter's Multi-Track Competition, the importance of multi-track videos for performers and arrangers, his biggest takeaway from winning the Trumpeter's Multi-Track Competition, turning his video into a live production, lessons you can learn about your playing through the recording process, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about The Trumpeter’s Multi-Track Competition here: https://www.trumpetmtc.org/ Subscribe to Cameron’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3cztlB3tPfqGPzSHCaQzA Watch Cameron’s award-winning “All The Things You Are” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd1l5p65Kx8 Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:02:37 His background 00:06:02 His early inspiration 00:09:43 The Montreal music scene 00:13:55 His musical passions 00:15:46 His arranging inspirations for his winning entry 00:22:41 His video production concepts 00:29:50 Improvisation and the art of video creation 00:33:22 His multi-media tech specs 00:39:52 Time commitment 00:41:39 Why he entered the multi-track competition 00:43:08 The importance of multi-track videos for performers and arrangers 00:50:58 His biggest takeaway from winning the Trumpeter's Multi-Track Competition 00:52:49 Turning his video into a live production 00:57:23 Lessons you can learn about your playing  through the recording process 01:00:32 Sound Off 01:03:48 Geared Up 01:07:22 Rapid Fire Round
01:15:32
May 03, 2022
Episode 96: Hanging With Lynn Nicholson
Episode 96: Hanging With Lynn Nicholson
My guest for this episode is Lynn Nicholson.   Lynn is a seeker. As a young trumpet player, his search for a better solution to playing outdoors led to him discovering The MF Protocol. His superhuman upper register landed Lynn’s first professional gig with Bill Chase and then as a featured member of the Maynard Ferguson band. While Lynn’s life has taken some unpredictable twists and turns he has always followed his heart and remained true to his inquisitive nature.   Check out what Lynn has to say about stumbling onto the MF Protocol, the need for a methodical approach, having an enquiring mind, being surrounded by greatness, transitioning to life in LA and Vegas, learning to be comfortable in the uncertainty,  motivations, making mouthpiece magic, myth-busting, what he learned from Maynard, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about The MF Protocol and Lynn’s other products at: http://james-r-new.com/affiliates/lynn-nicholson.html  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:04:13 Stumbling onto the MF Protocol  00:05:41 The need for a methodical approach  00:08:37 Having an inquiring mind  00:12:39 Being surrounded by greatness  00:15:39 Transitioning to life in LA and Vegas  00:23:40 Learning to be comfortable in the uncertainty  00:27:00 Motivations  00:40:07 Making mouthpiece magic  00:50:51 Myth-busting  01:01:36 What he learned from Maynard  01:12:42 Sound Off  01:14:07 Geared Up  01:17:01 Rapid Fire Round
01:23:54
March 29, 2022
Episode 95: The Return Of Mark Zauss
Episode 95: The Return Of Mark Zauss
My guest for this episode is Mark Zauss.   Mark is back by popular demand for another hang. There are few people who can talk about the physical and mental demands of the modern trumpet player as authoritatively as Mark. His seemingly magical range and power made him a mainstay at Disney's Magic Kingdom with both Future Corp and The Main Street Philharmonic. But when you combine his battle-tested chops with his skills as a licensed clinical psychotherapist, you get the ultimate resource for your trumpet playing woes.   Check out what Mark has to say about how the pandemic has affected our mental health, the increase of anxiety in musicians, practical ways to deal with anxiety, focusing on the breath, why things tend to go wrong, how he resets after a tough set, tips to coordinate the mind and body, the breathing process, understanding triggers, reframing, the importance of routine, his approach to warming up, learning to put it all together, learning from your students, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  —--------------------------------------------------------------  Want to schedule a lesson with Mark? Check him out at https://www.markzauss.net/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ---------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:12 How the pandemic has affected our mental health  00:06:35 The increase of anxiety in musicians  00:08:02 Practical ways to deal with anxiety  00:14:02 Focusing on the breath  00:16:50 Why things tend to go wrong  00:21:31 How he resets after a tough set  00:25:21 Tips to coordinate the mind and body  00:29:47 The breathing process  00:35:26 Understanding triggers  00:40:22 Reframing  00:44:38 The importance of routine  00:47:59 His approach to warming up  00:51:43 Learning to put it all together  00:57:17 Learning from your students  00:59:22 Sound Off  01:00:32 Geared Up  01:05:34 Rapid Fire Round
01:14:21
March 22, 2022
Episode 94: Hanging With Rex Richardson
Episode 94: Hanging With Rex Richardson
Welcome to the Trumpet Gurus’ Hang podcast. I’m your host, Jose Johnson. My guest for this episode is Rex Richardson. Rex is all about the big picture. Rex uses his virtuoso-level classical technique to take his jazz playing to heights few can reach. And he brings the freedom of his spontaneous and expressive improvisational skills to the sometimes predictable world of classical trumpet playing. Plus Rex is a committed educator and has never lost sight of the impact that music can make on the lives of others. Check out what Rex has to say about finding his niche, helping his students find balance, finding your groove, jazz as a life skill, why mistakes aren't always a bad thing, his theory on the "perfection movement" in orchestral music, finding the balance between technique and expression, rebounding from mistakes, getting lost in the music, 100 days of practice, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------- Find out more about Rex Richardson at https://www.rexrichardson.net/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 Intro 00:04:06 Finding his niche 00:10:24 Helping his students find balance 00:13:29 Finding your groove 00:18:15 Jazz as a life skill 00:31:39 Why mistakes aren't always a bad thing 00:36:03 His theory on the "perfection movement" in orchestral music 00:39:14 Finding the balance between technique and expression 00:46:18 Rebounding from mistakes 00:51:02 Getting lost in the music 00:55:10 100 days of practice 00:59:46 Sound Off 01:06:10 Geared Up 01:10:47 Rapid Fire Round
01:24:34
March 01, 2022
Episode 93: Hanging With Brian Shaw
Episode 93: Hanging With Brian Shaw
My guest for this episode is Brian Shaw. Brian is not afraid to try something new. While his original passion for playing the trumpet came from Maynard Ferguson, Bryan found his education leading him down the classical path. Bryan is highly regarded for his skills on the Baroque trumpet and is Co-Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Winds, Principal of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Spire Baroque Orchestra But he still loves to play jazz and crank out the high notes. Check out what Brian has to say about life changes, the mouthpiece buzzing controversy, different learning styles, baroque trumpet, lessons from playing period instruments, managing different playing situations, the benefit of musical variety, teaching vs learning, why he's happy he learned to play high notes, Louis Dowdeswell and Jacob Collier, writing about the life of Kenny Wheeler, creating your own voice, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------- Check out Brian's music and No BS with BS blog at: https://brianshawmusic.com/home Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets
01:30:43
February 22, 2022
Episode 92: Hanging With Bryan Davis
Episode 92: Hanging With Bryan Davis
My guest for this episode is Bryan Davis.   Bryan is paying it forward. Originally from the UK, Bryan relocated to The US and quickly established himself as a fixture in the New York City music scene. But things haven’t always come easy for Bryan, and chop problems forced him to seek out the help he needed to become a more efficient player. He’s now committed to providing practical advice to trumpet players around the globe through his Airflow Music books and videos.   Check out what Bryan has to say about making the move to New York, learning on the job, the business of music education, blowing out his chops, chop help from Roger Ingram, looking for a better way to play, context, being willing to look for the lesson in the moment, starting Airflow Music, twisted studies, the genius of Herbert L. Clarke, the importance of smoothness, teaching smoothness, efficiency, technology, practical skills for the touring musician, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Bryan at https://bryandav.is/  Check out Bryan’s books and learning resources at https://airflowmusic.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro 00:02:30 Making the move to New York 00:04:46 Learning on the job  00:08:54 The business of music education  00:13:06 Blowing out his chops  00:18:24 Chop help from Roger Ingram  00:24:38 Looking for a better way to play  00:26:56 Context  00:31:44 Being willing to look for the lesson in the moment  00:33:58 Starting Airflow Music  00:41:28 Twisted studies  00:46:01 The genius of Herbert L. Clarke  00:50:13 The importance of smoothness  00:53:57 Teaching smoothness  00:59:48 Efficiency  01:05:25 Technology  01:09:53 Practical skills for the touring musician  01:13:22 Sound Off  01:17:14 Shameless plug for Barkley Microphones  01:19:04 Geared Up  01:24:57 Rapid Fire Round
01:37:21
February 15, 2022
Episode 91: Hanging With Brad Goode
Episode 91: Hanging With Brad Goode
My guest for this episode is Brad Goode.   Brad is old-school. While many of his contemporaries were learning about jazz in the halls of academia, Brad was getting his education the traditional way, jamming and hanging with masters of their craft. But Brad’s unique sound was almost silenced by severe chop problems leading him to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanical workings of the embouchure. And that knowledge has not only given him back his voice but has taken his playing to new heights.   Check out what Brad has to say about being a multi-instrumentalist, the role of rhythm, getting bitten by the jazz bug, preparing students for success, learning jazz the old way, what's wrong with modern jazz pedagogy, the power of the jam session, relearning how to play the trumpet, why you should never ice your lips, how the Reinhardt Pivot System saved his career, his passion for helping people understand embouchure, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Learn more about Brad at: https://www.bradgoode.com Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro   00:02:56 Being a multi-instrumentalist   00:06:26 The role of rhythm   00:13:04 Getting bitten by the jazz bug   00:18:51 Preparing students for success   00:23:24 Learning jazz the old way   00:33:52 What's wrong with modern jazz pedagogy   00:41:32 The power of the jam session   00:46:22 Relearning how to play the trumpet   00:54:49 Why you should never ice your lips   01:02:21 How the Reinhardt Pivot System saved his career   01:05:28 His passion for helping people understand embouchure   01:17:40 Sound Off   01:21:50 Geared Up   01:28:33 Rapid Fire Round
01:37:21
February 08, 2022
Episode 89: Hanging With Peter Bond
Episode 89: Hanging With Peter Bond
My guest for this episode is Peter Bond.   Peter is a late bloomer. Starting out as a self-described trumpet meathead with poor playing habits, no one would have predicted his career as a renowned classical musician. His 28 year run with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra gave him the opportunity to play alongside some of the trumpet world's greatest talents and support opera's legendary performers. And with his book "The Singing Trumpet" Peter hopes to ease the way for trumpeters of every style to find their unique voice.   Check out what Peter has to say about humor as a survival mechanism, making changes, things he will miss about The Met, his unorthodox approach, the difference between singing and blowing, how traditional pedagogy limits expressive potential, how the vocal model helps you play in the upper register, a book of ideas, the limitations of received wisdom, the difference between comfort and correctness, playing catch up, being surrounded by greatness, what makes the Met Orchestra so unique, the influence of vocalist, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  —--------------------------------------------------------------  Peter Bond's book "The Singing Trumpet": https://www.carlfischer.com/txt14-the-singing-trumpet.html Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  --------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:39 Humor as a survival mechanism  00:04:10 Making changes  00:06:15 Things he will miss about The Met  00:11:28 His unorthodox approach  00:15:49 The difference between singing and blowing  00:20:53 How traditional pedagogy limits expressive potential  00:24:50 How the vocal model helps you play in the upper register  00:30:21 A book of ideas  00:35:26 The limitations of received wisdom  00:40:14 The difference between comfort and correctness  00:41:38 Playing catch up  00:45:55 Being surrounded by greatness  00:47:29 What makes the Met Orchestra so unique  00:52:09 The influence of vocalist  01:00:04 Dream gig  01:01:48 Sound Off  01:03:40 Geared Up  01:11:19 Rapid Fire Round
01:25:45
February 03, 2022
Episode 90: Hanging With Graham Breedlove
Episode 90: Hanging With Graham Breedlove
My guest for this episode is Graham Breedlove.   Graham is a musical chef. Raised in the rich cultural gumbo that is Louisiana, Graham has stayed true to his roots by creating a tasty mix of musical influences. Whether it’s cooking on stage with the Army Blues Big Band, blazing with a combo, or spreading the gospel of jazz in the classroom, Graham is certain to get your head bobbin’ and your feet tappin’.   Check out what Graham has to say about Louisiana music, combining musical influences, modern influences, personal responsibility and musical amoebas, programming to balance innovation with connection, approaching solos like a conversation, entering the world of DC military bands, the educational impact of The Army Blues, teamwork in The Army Blues Trumpet section, comparing big band to small band playing, the lost art of section playing, what the future holds, filling the holes in the world of jazz education, being a mature musician, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and laissez les bon temps rouler!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Follow the U.S. Army Blues at https://www.usarmyband.com/ensembles/the-u-s-army-blues  Get to know Graham at https://www.grahambreedlove.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ---------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:58 Louisiana music  00:08:21 Combining musical influences  00:12:59 Modern influences  00:17:20 Personal responsibility and musical amoebas  00:24:07 Programming to balance innovation with connection  00:28:19 Approaching solos like a conversation  00:31:38 Entering the world of DC military bands  00:37:50 The educational impact of The Army Blues  00:39:50 Teamwork in The Army Blues Trumpet section  00:47:09 Comparing big band to small band playing  00:50:10 The lost art of section playing  00:54:07 What the future holds  00:56:22 Filling the holes in the world of jazz education  01:05:53 Being a mature musician  01:07:38 Sound Off  01:10:14 Geared Up  01:16:50 Rapid Fire Round
01:35:14
February 01, 2022
Episode 88: Hanging With Rashawn Ross
Episode 88: Hanging With Rashawn Ross
My guest for this episode is Rashawn Ross.   Rashawn is an interesting dichotomy. As a member of the Dave Matthews Band, Rashawn regularly plays in front of thousands of fans, but at heart, he is a quiet soul. Rashawn is noted for his amazing high chops, effortlessly soaring well above double-high C, yet he doesn’t consider himself a lead player. And while his talents make him legendary, his island roots keep him humble.    Check out what Rashawn has to say about staying grounded, introvert coins, misconceptions, large venues vs small venues, the stage vs the studio, gratitude, his role with The Dave Matthews Band, the necessity of two sets of gear, working on the new Bach trumpet, the Stevens Costello Method, in-ear monitors, figuring out how to play in the extreme upper register, multiple approaches to playing the trumpet, trial and error, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  —--------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Rashawn and the new Bach trumpets: https://bit.ly/RashawnRoss  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets -----------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:20 Staying grounded  00:07:26 Introvert coins  00:13:53 Misconceptions  00:16:14 Large venues vs small venues  00:19:22 The stage vs the studio  00:26:11 Gratitude  00:32:48 His role with The Dave Matthews Band  00:39:59 The necessity of two sets of gear  00:42:04 Working on the new Bach trumpet  00:50:24 The Stevens Costello Method  00:57:05 In-ear monitors  00:58:21 Figuring out how to play in the extreme upper register  01:01:23 Multiple approaches to playing the trumpet  01:06:21 Trial and error  01:12:29 Sound Off  01:16:35 Geared Up  01:22:21 Rapid Fire Round
01:30:24
January 18, 2022
Episode 87: The Best Of Geared Up 2021
Episode 87: The Best Of Geared Up 2021
Welcome to this "best-of" episode of the Trumpet Gurus’ Hang podcast.    Do you love gear? Of course you do!    And because you love to talk about gear, I decided to make that discussion a regular part of The Trumpet Gurus Hang by adding the Geared Up segment to every episode.   Geared Up is a chance for my guests to discuss their take on trumpet gear, specifically the concepts that they feel are the most important to them and their expert advice on how to find the best gear for your personal needs.  T his compilation features highlights from my hangs with Eric Miyashiro, Paul Baron, Michael Bogart, Kiku Collins, Kevin Burns, James Morrison, Jim Manley, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Chris Jaudes, Matt White, and Allen Vizzutti.   Check out what my guests had to say about their concepts and approaches to trumpets, mouthpieces, and more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:02 Eric Miyashiro  00:07:09 Paul Baron  00:11:30 Michael Bogart  00:14:38 Kiku Collins  00:17:37 Kevin Burns  00:21:52 James Morrison  00:29:33 Jim Manley  00:32:59 Mary Elizabeth Bowden  00:39:20 Chris Jaudes  00:48:45 Matt White  00:56:02 Allen Vizzutti  01:05:41 Wrap Up
01:07:33
January 11, 2022
Episode 86: How To Improve Your Trumpet Sound
Episode 86: How To Improve Your Trumpet Sound
Welcome to this "best-of" episode of the Trumpet Gurus’ Hang podcast.    The topic of this special episode is how to improve your trumpet sound. This features highlights from my hangs with Joshua Kaufmann, Ryan Quigley, Raul Agraz, David Dash, Melvin Jones, Tyler Jaeger, Ashley Killam, Carrie Blosser, Walt Johnson, Brad Mason, Jon Kaplan, Phil O'Neill, Rich Colquhoun, Larry Meregillano, Steven Cunningham, Vaughn Nark, and Estela Aragon.   Check out what my guests had to say about their concepts and approaches to creating an amazing trumpet sound.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  -----------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:01:18 Joshua Kaufmann  00:09:14 Ryan Quigley  00:10:59 Raul Agraz  00:13:28 David Dash  00:18:29 Melvin Jones  00:21:11 Tyler Jaeger  00:23:16 Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser  00:27:35 Walt Johnson  00:29:56 Brad Mason  00:33:43 Jon Kaplan  00:36:47 Phil O'Neill  00:42:33 Rich Colquhoun  00:44:55 Larry Meregillano  00:46:53 Steven Cunningham  00:50:15 Vaughn Nark  00:53:05 Estela Aragon  00:55:20 Wrap Up
57:09
January 04, 2022
Episode 85: Hanging With Estela Aragon
Episode 85: Hanging With Estela Aragon
My guest for this episode is Estela Aragon.   Estela is an innovator. While obtaining her Master’s Degree in Performance, Estela became obsessed with devising new techniques to teach music. As a result, her unique teaching methods earned her first prize at the 2014 Savvy Arts Venture Competition. Estela is the founder of the Trumpet Headquarters and The Music Fit Academy. She’s a performer, educator, and successful entrepreneur. And she’s just getting warmed up.   Check out what Estela has to say about finding a new path, the fear of failure, structuring a progressive curriculum, expanding the course, dealing with gender bias, overcoming obstacles, filling the pedagogical void, a sneak peek at what's next, her ideal student, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------  Be inspired and get pumped at The MusicFit Academy: https://www.musicfitacademy.com/ Get free tips and resources from Estela: https://www.youtube.com/c/TrumpetHeadquarters  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  --------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:07 Finding a new path  00:11:52 The fear of failure  00:23:22 Structuring a progressive curriculum  00:33:40 Expanding the course  00:43:09 Dealing with gender bias  00:50:54 Overcoming obstacles  00:56:20 Filling the pedagogical void  00:59:34 A sneak peek at what's next  01:02:44 Her ideal student  01:04:39 Sound Off  01:07:24 Geared Up  01:09:47 Rapid Fire Round
01:15:25
December 28, 2021
Episode 84: Hanging With Vaughn Nark
Episode 84: Hanging With Vaughn Nark
My guest for this episode is Vaughn Nark.   To quote Dizzy Gillespie, Vaughn Nark is something special. Vaughn followed in his father’s footsteps and began playing trumpet at the age of 6. But when he first heard Dizzy, his world changed forever. Having spent nearly 20 years in The Airmen of Note, Vaughn created a name for himself with his pyrotechnic approach to improvisation. Vaughn is also a passionate educator and a bit of a jazz historian meaning he is always ready with a great story.   Check out what Vaughn has to say about why the trumpet is so special, his early influences, his first exposure to Dizzy Gillespie, his first meeting with Diz, why trumpet players need to stick together, honoring what's in your soul, studying the embouchures of the all-time greats, playing advice from Donald Reinhardt, why every embouchure is unique, how to increase your speed and accuracy, the importance of the teeth in playing, the history of jazz trumpet, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  —--------------------------------------------------------------  Learn more about Vaughn and check out his awesome resources at: http://www.vaughnnark.com/  Check out Vaughn with Dizzy, Faddis, Freddie, Wynton, and Jimmy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLfl7EGrcKw  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:54 Why the trumpet is so special  00:06:48 His early influences  00:11:12 His first exposure to Dizzy Gillespie  00:17:58 His first meeting with Diz  00:30:25 Why trumpet players need to stick together  00:32:29 Honoring what's in your soul  00:38:16 Studying the embouchures of the all-time greats  00:42:37 Playing advice from Donald Reinhardt  00:52:39 Why every embouchure is unique  00:57:41 How to increase your speed and accuracy  01:04:14 The importance of the teeth in playing  01:08:56 The history of jazz trumpet  01:18:46 Sound Off  01:22:03 Geared Up  01:28:31 Rapid Fire Round
01:46:09
December 21, 2021
Episode 83: Hanging With Steven Cunningham
Episode 83: Hanging With Steven Cunningham
My guest for this episode is Steven Cunningham.   On the road to attaining his doctorate, Steven had no desire to be an educator, but life has a funny way of bringing your real purpose to light. His path has gone from being a full-time working pro, to a university teaching position, to finally returning to his roots as the high school music teacher at his alma mater in Virginia. Steven is caring, passionate, and is committed to paying it forward, in other words, a great teacher.   Check out what Steven has to say about living up to the Grambling tradition, the hidden benefits of marching bands, the importance of tradition in jazz, the importance of mixing things up, learning to work with what you have, the art of motivation, the many hats of an educator, finding his calling, the need for people skills, the importance of fundamentals, his approach to practice, the benefit of learning other instruments, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  Get to know more about Steven and check out some of his trumpet practice resources at: https://sctrumpet.com/home  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ----------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:01 Living up to the Grambling tradition  00:10:56 The hidden benefits of marching bands  00:14:03 The importance of tradition in jazz  00:18:09 The importance of mixing things up  00:20:28 Learning to work with what you have  00:26:41 The art of motivation  00:34:24 The many hats of an educator  00:38:14 Finding his calling  00:47:10 The need for people skills  00:50:49 The importance of fundamentals  00:52:30 His approach to practice  01:00:40 The benefit of learning other instruments  01:06:34 Sound Off  01:11:43 Geared Up  01:19:51 Rapid Fire Round
01:27:40
December 14, 2021
Episode 82: Hanging With Larry Meregillano
Episode 82: Hanging With Larry Meregillano
My guest for this episode is Larry Meregillano.   Larry understands the struggle. At the start of his career, Larry made a name for himself with his powerful chops. Larry has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in gospel music and sailed the high seas on cruise ships as a player and as a musical director. But Larry has had his share of chop problems as well, and his research led to the creation of The Compression Training System and a way to help other players find a better way to regain or maintain their chops.   Check out what Larry has to say about getting started, quitting and restarting, getting back to his roots, the impact of his various teachers, the two things that will hurt a brass player, muscle memory, the role of compression, the Cat Anderson Method, finding the right coordination, the benefit of the Compression Training System, the correct way to use the CTS, what's next on the agenda, and so much more.    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------  Find out more about Larry and The Compression Training System here: https://www.trumpetlegacy.com/  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/  If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  ------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:02:45 Getting started   00:09:34 Quitting and restarting   00:15:33 Getting back to his roots   00:19:28 The impact of his various teachers   00:22:17 The two things that will hurt a brass player   00:26:31 Muscle memory   00:29:17 The role of compression   00:33:25 The Cat Anderson Method   00:36:53 Finding the right coordination   00:39:43 The benefit of the Compression Training System   00:49:24 The correct way to use the CTS   00:59:08 What's next on the agenda   01:04:52 Sound Off   01:07:32 Geared Up   01:11:25 Rapid Fire Round
01:20:39
December 07, 2021
Episode 81: Hanging With Rich Colquhoun
Episode 81: Hanging With Rich Colquhoun
My guest for this episode is Rich Colquhoun.   Rich is a man on a mission. A classically trained graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Rich found that he was not completely prepared for the demands of the modern freelance trumpet player. His search for the solution to his playing problems led him to Jerry Callet and the Tounge Controlled Embouchure method. Since then, Rich has authored several books and developed a number of online resources to help trumpet players around the globe take their playing to new heights.   Check out what Rich has to say about his introduction to the teachings of Jerry Callet, the evolution of Jerry Callet's methods, the role of the tongue and compression, dealing with naysayers, revamping methodology, TCE and articulation, consistency,  the separation of technique and music, his current playing demands, advice on getting started with TCE, universal principles, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------  Want to learn more about the Tounge Controled Embouchure? https://tonguecontrolled.info/ Rich's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/trumpetplanet Rich's Brass Practice channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrassPractice Rich's books and mouthpieces: https://neotericbrass.com/ The Open Arban Project: https://openarban.wordpress.com/ Rich's blog: https://trumpetpla.net/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets    ------------------------------------------------------    01:00:00:00 Intro  01:03:10:11 His introduction to the teachings of Jerry Callet  01:09:35:02 The evolution of Jerry Callet's methods  01:13:08:07 The role of the tongue and compression  01:20:36:20 Dealing with naysayers  01:25:46:06 Revamping methodology  01:27:59:16 TCE and articulation  01:32:58:22 Consistency  01:37:57:06 The separation of technique and music  01:42:55:07 His current playing demands  01:47:07:15 Advice on getting started with TCE  02:00:24:10 Universal principles  02:09:33:10 Sound Off  02:12:21:14 Geared Up  02:19:57:15 Rapid Fire Round
01:32:37
November 30, 2021
Episodem80: Hanging With Phill O'Neill
Episodem80: Hanging With Phill O'Neill
My guest for this episode is Phill O’Neill. Sydney Australia-based trumpet player Phill O’Neill is a busy guy. His resume contains numerous awards for his solo trumpet playing, a long career with various Australian Military groups, and a successful freelance career. But Phill is also known for his innovative approach to teaching trumpet through his YouTube channel and his Learn Trumpet Now membership site. And he still has more in store. Check out what Phill has to say about getting started, solo competitions, our responsibility to the next generation, technology and teaching, the Dark Side of learning online, tools for your toolbox, the importance of structured practice, building relationships, recording progress, communication, fundamentals, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------ The official homepage of Phill O'Neill: https://philloneill.com/ Subscribe to Phill's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PhillONeillTrumpet/featured Check out Phill's online learning community: https://www.learntrumpetnow.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets ------------------------------------------------------ 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:20 Getting started 00:11:35 Solo Competitions 00:18:49 Our responsibility to the next generation 00:23:33 Technology and teaching 00:31:37 The Dark Side of learning online 00:37:06 Tools for your toolbox 00:42:05 The importance of structured practice 00:52:59 Building relationships 01:00:27 Recording progress 01:10:02 Communication 01:15:45 Fundamentals 01:18:53 Sound Off! 01:25:24 Geared Up 01:31:09 Rapid Fire Round
01:46:49
November 23, 2021
Episode 79: Hanging With Jon Kaplan
Episode 79: Hanging With Jon Kaplan
My guest for this episode is Jon Kaplan.    Jon is a self-professed trumpet nerd. Besides being a gifted orchestral player who has studied with many of the great pedagogues of our time, Jon has an insatiable hunger for gaining and sharing knowledge about all things trumpet. As the host of the wildly popular Jon Talks Trumpet YouTube channel, Jon delivers regular doses of insightful information in a quirky and entertaining fashion.    Check out what Jon has to say about getting bit by the equipment bug, learning about YouTube, passion and personality, the role of equipment, science and silliness, Vennture Mouthpieces, the right way to approach change, the return of live music, giving props to all of your teachers, low self-esteem and performance anxiety, finding the perfect partner, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------  Get your regular dose of trumpet nerdiness by subscribing to Jon Talks Trumpet: https://www.youtube.com/c/JonTalksTrumpet Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   --------------------------------------------------------------------  00:00:00 Intro  00:03:06 Getting bit by the equipment bug  00:08:53 Learning about YouTube  00:14:36 Passion and personality  00:18:41 The role of equipment  00:26:24 Science and silliness  00:33:56 Vennture Mouthpieces  00:39:55 The right way to approach change  00:43:21 The return of live music  00:46:28 Giving props to all of your teachers  00:54:28 Low self-esteem and performance anxiety  01:05:37 Finding the perfect partner  01:10:20 Sound Off!  01:14:06 Geared Up  01:33:35 Rapid Fire Round
01:45:21
November 16, 2021
Episode 78: Hanging With Brad Mason
Episode 78: Hanging With Brad Mason
My guest for this episode is Brad Mason.   Brad is all about balance. Whether it’s in his role as the lead trumpet and Musical Director for the legendary Blood Sweat & Tears, co-leading the Mason Brothers Quintet with his brother Elliot, or teaching trumpet at Northwestern University, Brad strives to find the balance of honoring the history and tradition of our trumpet lineage with the need to develop an updated approach to the technique and creativity needed in the world of modern music. Plus, he knows how to rock the facial hair.   Check out what Brad has to say about developing his work ethic, life at Berkley,  finding inspiration from others, inspiring your bandmates, honoring the legacy of Blood Sweat & Tears, personal influences and inspirations, learning the language of the trumpet, thinking outside the box, getting and keeping a gig, the importance of a mental warm-up, listening for stylistic differences, creating the BS&T sound, the joys of working with his brother, being a team player, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Brad: https://www.bradmasonmusic.com/ The official Blood Sweat & Tears homepage: https://bloodsweatandtears.com/ Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Chapters  00:02:44 Developing his work ethic  00:06:30 Life at Berkley  00:10:03 Finding inspiration from others  00:11:57 Inspiring your bandmates  00:18:11 Honoring the legacy of Blood Sweat & Tears  00:21:04 Personal influences and inspirations  00:29:26 Learning the language of the trumpet  00:36:48 Thinking outside the box  00:41:00 Getting and keeping a gig  00:47:51 The importance of a mental warm-up  00:54:12 Listening for stylistic differences  00:57:32 Creating the BS&T sound  01:02:32 The joys of working with his brother  01:06:31 Being a team player  01:08:05 Sound Off!  01:12:45 Geared Up  01:21:48 Rapid Fire Round
01:37:20
November 09, 2021
Episode 77: Hanging With Walt Johnson
Episode 77: Hanging With Walt Johnson
My guest for this episode is Walt Johnson.   In the world of lead trumpet players, Walt is a true Superman. His stellar career has spanned six decades and has given him the opportunity to lend his prodigious talents to two of the biggest names in the history of modern music, The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra, and The King. His method book, Double High C in 10 Minutes, still tops sales charts, and his newest book Low Gear High Gear is destined to be another classic.    Check out what Walt has to say about his beginnings, being a good team player, why he started making horn cases, his love for creativity, starting his professional career, getting sent to Vietnam, opportunities, adjusting to the personality of superstars, Sinatra and Elvis, dealing with the demands of high profile gigs, Double High C in 10 minutes, the importance of throat size, learning from other trumpet players, mindfulness and mortality, new musical projects, Low Gear High Gear, the true meaning of music, his daily approach to the trumpet, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------  Do you want a Double High C in 10 Minutes? Look no further: https://qpress.ca/product-category/trumpet/?filter_author-composer=johnson-walt Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture take the guesswork out of your mouthpiece search. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your order: https://www.vennture.mp/  Show your tired chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:03:36 His beginnings  00:06:51 Being a good team player  00:11:14 Why he started making horn cases  00:14:19 His love for creativity  00:16:36 Starting his professional career  00:19:40 Getting sent to Vietnam  00:26:29 Opportunities  00:29:20 Adjusting to the personality of superstars  00:32:36 Sinatra  00:36:53 Dealing with the demands of high profile gigs  00:39:46 Double High C in 10 minutes  00:45:28 The importance of throat size  00:48:15 Learning from other trumpet players  00:52:14 Mindfulness and mortality  00:54:32 New musical projects  00:57:07 Low Gear High Gear  01:01:16 The true meaning of music  01:06:58 His daily approach to trumpet  01:13:01 Sound Off  01:17:05 Geared Up  01:23:12 Rapid Fire
01:42:12
October 05, 2021
Episode 76: Hanging With Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser
Episode 76: Hanging With Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser
My guests for this episode are Ashley Killam and Carrie Blosser. Ashley and Carrie are on a mission. As the co-founders of Diversify The Stand, they have taken on the monumental task of upgrading the state of music education by giving voice to composers that represent groups that have historically been overlooked. Their first major project, Winds Of Change, offers a progressive approach to trumpet solo literature. But it’s their mindset and teamwork that make them a force to be reckoned with. Check out what Ashley and Carrie have to say about Ashley’s inspiration, Carrie’s journey, their target demographic, working as a team, the impact of their work, dealing with the haters, where change needs to start, Rising Tide Music Press, the power of seeing someone you identify with, being the role model, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ---------------------------------------------------------- Support Diversify The Stand: https://www.diversifythestand.org/ Connect with Ashley: https://www.ashleykillam.com/ Keep up with Carrie: https://www.carrieblosser.com/ Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank: http://barkleymic.com/ Get geared up with Vennture Mouthpieces. Save 10% with the code “TRUMPETGURUS21”: https://www.vennture.mp/ Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 00:00:00 Intro 00:03:55 Ashley’s inspiration 00:06:16 Carrie’s journey 00:10:24 Their target demographic 00:15:58 Working as a team 00:21:32 The impact of their work 00:23:10 Dealing with the haters 00:31:58 Where change needs to start 00:43:37 Rising Tide Music Press 00:48:36 The power of seeing someone you identify with 00:52:53 Being the role model 00:56:29 Sound Off! With Ashley and Carrie 01:01:18 Geared up! With Ashley and Carrie 01:08:06 Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:21:26
September 28, 2021
Episode 75: Hanging With James Tyler Jaeger
Episode 75: Hanging With James Tyler Jaeger
My guest for this episode is James Tyler Jaeger.   If you haven’t heard Tyler play yet, just give it a little while, and I guarantee you will. After 10-years of honing his craft in military bands, Tyler has returned to civilian life in Nashville and has rapidly become a highly sought-after player for sessions and road gigs alike. And as part of the new supergroup, Vinnie and the Hitmen, Tyler’s high-caliber style of playing will be lighting up stages and blowing up on social media before you can even blink.  Check out what Tyler has to say about why he chose the military route, breaking into the Nashville music scene, the advantages of living in Nashville, his early musical influences, his relationship with Vinnie Ciesielski, the Nashville talent pool, what makes the Nashville sound so unique, being a multi-faceted player, being a team player, Vinnie and the Hitmen, finding balance, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you find the mouthpiece of your dreams: https://www.vennture.mp/ Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to save 10%.    Giging hard? Show your chops some love with Robison's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Get your mind right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:02:40 Why he chose the military   00:05:47 Breaking into the Nashville music scene  00:15:07 The advantages of living in Nashville   00:17:44 His early musical influences   00:25:54 His relationship with Vinnie Ciesielski   00:28:28 The Nashville talent pool  00:35:16 What makes the Nashville sound so different  00:38:30 Being a multi-faceted player  00:42:15 Being a team player  00:45:36 Vinnie and the Hitmen  00:52:23 Finding a balance  00:57:42 Sound Off! With Tyler Jaeger   01:00:27 Geared Up! With Tyler Jaeger   01:09:50 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:19:32
September 21, 2021
Episode 74: Hanging With Melvin Jones
Episode 74: Hanging With Melvin Jones
My guest for this episode is Melvin Jones.   Melvin is an inspirational man. As the trumpet professor at the historic Morehouse College, Melvin is dedicated to using his keen analytical mind and practical world experience to not only help his students become better trumpet players but also fulfill the Morehouse motto and live a life of distinction. Plus, dude can flat-out play!   Check out what Melvin has to say about the rich history of Morehouse College, living up to a historic legacy, the impact of Tyler Perry, why every gig is important, his approach to teaching trumpet, separating instinct from control, the impact of heritage and culture on playing the trumpet, mouthpiece size, the most common problem for trumpet players, teaching players to become more consistent, the Black Gold Orchestra, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------  The homepage of Melvin Jones: https://www.melvinjones.net Support the Black Gold Orchestra: https://www.gofundme.com/f/blackgoldorchestra Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ Still searching for the perfect mouthpiece? Let Vennture Mouthpieces help. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" for 10% off your order!: https://www.vennture.mp/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you get your mindset right: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:02:33 The rich history of Morehouse College  00:12:59 Living up to a historic legacy  00:19:37 The impact of Tyler Perry  00:22:13 Why every gig is important  00:26:16 His approach to teaching trumpet  00:34:23 Separating instinct from control  00:40:36 The impact of heritage and culture on playing the trumpet  00:44:12 Mouthpiece size  00:48:51 The most common problem for trumpet players  00:53:04 Teaching players to become more consistent  01:03:51 The Black Gold Orchestra  01:15:13 Sound Off! With Melvin Jones  01:18:37 Geared Up! With Melvin Jones  01:23:06 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:31:11
September 14, 2021
Episode 73: Hanging With David Dash
Episode 73: Hanging With David Dash
My guest for this episode is David Dash.   David is a busy man. In addition to his teaching position at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, David is also a member of the Grammy-winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Principal Cornetest of the North Carolina Brass Band, and Principal Trumpet of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also half of The Dash Duo, performing alongside his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden, and co-founder of the APEX Trumpet Symposium. And he’s just getting warmed up.   Check out what David has to say about building his career, feeling the weight of history, the difference between playing in an orchestra and an opera company, making music with his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden, being willing to listen to advice, ways to keep track of your progress, setting goals, awareness and perception, the goal of APEX, learning to be a great teacher, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------  What's the APEX Trumpet Symposium? Find out here: https://apextrumpet.com  Who are the Dash Duo? Find out here: http://www.dashduo.com  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million buck without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/  Still searching for the perfect mouthpiece? Let Vennture help. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" for 10% off your order: https://www.vennture.mp/  Master your mental game with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets   00:00:00 Intro  00:03:08 Building his career  00:06:47 Feeling the weight of history  00:08:27 The difference between playing in an orchestra and an opera company  00:11:17 Making music with his wife Mary Elizabeth Bowden  00:19:27 Being willing to listen to advice  00:24:27 Ways to keep track of your progress  00:27:05 Setting goals 00:31:08 Awareness and perception  00:33:51 The goal of APEX  00:45:06 Learning to be a great teacher  00:58:14 Sound Off! With David Dash  01:04:19 Geared Up! With David Dash  01:10:39 The Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round
01:19:31
September 07, 2021
Episode 72:Hanging With Raul Agraz
Episode 72:Hanging With Raul Agraz
My guest for this episode is Raul Agraz.   Raul is a trumpet player’s trumpet player. Classically trained in Venezuela, Raul moved to New York to suddenly find himself as the first-call player for the cream de la creme of Latin music. But it’s Raul’s brilliant trumpet work on the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway smash productions of In The Heights and The Book Of Mormon that has helped cement Raul’s reputation as a truly multi-faceted artist. Plus he’s a super down-to-earth guy.   Check out what Raul has to say about his early years in Venezuela, training to become a well-rounded player, his relationship with Victor Paz, getting back into the Broadway pits, the mindset of a Broadway trumpet player, removing stress and obstacles, the importance of being early, being willing to change, working with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and so much more!    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------  The homepage of Raul Agraz: https://raulagraz.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Let Jose help you master your mindful mindset: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:31:23
August 31, 2021
Episode 71: The State Of Music Education
Episode 71: The State Of Music Education
Welcome to this "best-of" episode of the Trumpet Gurus’ Hang podcast.    The topic of this special episode is the state of music education and features highlights from my hangs with Ronald Romm, Scott Belck, Jose Sibaja, Aaron Romm, James Morrison, Lexie Signor, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, and Matt White.   Check out what my guests had to say about what makes music work, why college is not real life, how your decisions have consequences, the power of asking the right questions, creating a new model, the need for a paradigm shift,  providing students a practical education, ditching the dogma, and so much more! I guarantee that this will be a textbook example of a highly educational hang.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  Special thanks to Robinson's Remedies and Barkley Microphones for their support.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove   Sound like a million dollars without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/   Learn how to master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets
01:20:31
August 24, 2021
Episode 70: Hanging With Ryan Quigley
Episode 70: Hanging With Ryan Quigley
My guest for this episode is Ryan Quigley. Ryan is the perfect representative of the amazing London trumpet scene. Equally at home blowing through complex changes with his jazz chops or blowing down the walls with his powerful lead chops, Ryan is a beast on the bandstand and your best mate at the pub. He’s thoughtful, funny, and one of the finest all-around trumpet players around. Check out what Ryan has to say about the London music scene, his frustration with jazz festivals, his early influences, the need for passion and mentors, getting his mindset right, making a fool of himself, learning from his mistakes, his biggest influence, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Master your mental game with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:40:54
August 17, 2021
Episode 69: Hanging With Joshua Kauffman
Episode 69: Hanging With Joshua Kauffman
My guest for this episode is Joshua Kaufmann.   Josh is an old soul. While still in his 20’s, Josh has already established himself as one of the finest young trumpet players in the elite world of US military bands. Besides crushing the lead trumpet book in The US Army Blues, Josh is also a regular with The National Symphony Orchestra. Josh is an avid student of the old masters and his wisdom and talent goes way beyond his years.   Check out what Josh has to say about his experiences at UNT, why you need to be a “normal” person, growing into his position with The Army Blues, learning to play like himself, what it takes to be a great lead player, becoming a versatile player, advise on keeping your head on straight, being willing to sound bad in the practice room, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   --------------------------------------------------------------------  The U.S. Army Blues homepage: https://www.usarmyband.com/ensembles/the-u-s-army-blues Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshtpt Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:43:05
August 10, 2021
Episode 68: Hanging With Philip Lassiter
Episode 68: Hanging With Philip Lassiter
My guest for this episode is Philip Lassiter.   Philip is a man of diverse influences. From gospel to jazz, to some Philtyfunk, Phillip has established himself as a talented performer, composer, arranger, and producer. His growing resume includes winning the 2000 ITG jazz soloist competition, 11 Grammy awards, and a stint as the horn section leader and arranger for the legendary Prince. And there is much more to come.   Check out what Philip has to say about moving to Europe, growing up the son of a preacher man, navigating local music scenes, using his new music to feature new voices, his experiences as Prince's horn arranger and section leader, his approach to arranging, Philthy Funk, the freedom of gospel music, being a preservationist, why he needs to care about what he is playing, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -------------------------------------------------------------------------  Get Philty with Philip Lassiter: https://philthyfunk.com/  Philip's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipLassiterMusic  Get your mindfulness on with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:24:23
August 03, 2021
Episode 67: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 2)
Episode 67: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 2)
My guest for this episode is Harry Kim.   Harry Kim has such an extensive career that our hang needed two full episodes. In part one Harry talked about his musical relationship with Phil Collins, playing on some of the world's biggest stages, why you don't always have to try to fit in, and how sour grapes have helped him make it through the tough times, and so much more! In part two, we’ll dive even deeper into the heart and mind of this soulful musician.  Check out what Harry has to say about learning to let go of mistakes, the problems with music notation, fear and nervousness on the big stage, what it takes to play high profile gigs, the power of being authentic, his ability to survive, the importance of real-life experience, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Harry Kim: http://harrykimtrumpet.com/  All things Jose Johnson: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
01:07:60
July 27, 2021
Episode 66: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 1)
Episode 66: Hanging With Harry Kim (Part 1)
My guest for this episode is Harry Kim.   Harry Kim is a legend in the world of commercial horn sections. As a former member of The Phenix Horns and the founder of the Vine Street horns, Harry has played and toured with some of the top names in pop music. Harry has played to sold-out arenas with Phil Collins and French megastar Johnny Halliday, and he has the distinction of playing with two of the most iconic horn bands of all time - Chicago and Tower of Power. Harry’s career is so extensive, that this hang has to be broken down into two full episodes!   Check out what Harry has to say about why he belongs on the big stage, how his relationship with Phil Collins started, the genesis of the Phil Collins Big Band, playing with Johnny Hallyday, why horn sections need to be larger than life on stage, feeling what the music calls for and selling it, how having fun on stage enhances the music, rebelling against Asian stereotypes, why you don't always have to try to fit in, the feeling he gets after a gig, why live music is a visual art, why you need to be able to turn heads when given the opportunity, how he's made it through the tough times, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! (And make sure you come back for the conclusion of my hang with Harry Kim!) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The official website of Harry Kim: http://harrykimtrumpet.com/  Tap into the power of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  When you need to sound your best trust Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/
59:06
July 20, 2021
Episode 65: Hanging With David Cookie Koch
Episode 65: Hanging With David Cookie Koch
My guest for this episode is David “Cookie” Koch.   Cookie is a man of many talents. An accomplished orchestral player, Cookie has also developed a reputation for his creative covers of video game music and as the co-founder of the Trumpeter’s Multi-Track Competition. But life for Cookie has not always been a piece of cake. And in this episode Cookie gets real about his struggles and how he found a way to develop a fresh attitude about the trumpet and life.    Check out what Cookie has to say about changing career plans, the multi-media bug, the backstory on the Trumpet Multi-track Competition, how technology can help to create a stronger trumpet community, the challenges of creating multi-track videos, a fascination for video game music, Interlochen and auditions, the importance of figuring out what is really important to you, feeling like you want to quit, dealing with mental and emotional costs of auditioning, why it's important to be open about what you are going through, the world of brass bands, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn more about The Trumpet Multi-Track Competition: https://www.trumpetmtc.org/ Check out Cookie's tasty videos here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Trumpetking93/featured Looking for ways to calm your mind? bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:50:13
July 13, 2021
Episode 64: Hanging With Allen Vizzutti
Episode 64: Hanging With Allen Vizzutti
My guest for this episode is Allen Vizzutti.   Allen’s skills on the trumpet are off the charts, and his sense of humor is a bit off the wall. Allen is the definition of a world-class artist. His technical mastery of the trumpet continues to amaze audiences across the globe. He is also a prolific composer, an avid educator, the author of the Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method books, and the occasional creator of outrageous videos.   Check out what Allen has to say about life in the Pacific Northwest, the decision to leave the Los Angeles music scene, goals and motivations, the benefits of versatility, reverse engineering his skills to become a better teacher, why you don't need to practice 5 hours a day, the importance of an organized practice routine, the need to just back off, the value of extremes and making mistakes, the impact of Chick Corea, the role of honesty and kindness in teaching, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Allen: https://vizzutti.com/ All things Jose: https://josejohnson.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:34:06
July 06, 2021
Episode 63: Hanging With Matt White
Episode 63: Hanging With Matt White
My guest for this episode is Matt White.   Matt walks the road less traveled. His creative approach to harmony and mastery of the entire range of the trumpet makes Matt a consummate improviser. His arranging and compositional skills have earned him numerous accolades, including Matt being named a Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. And his willingness to question the status quo of trumpet pedagogy makes him an educational maverick.    Check out what Mike has to say about the Augie Hass years, using technology as a tool for creativity, pushing the creative envelope, non-trumpet influences, the one thing he wants his students to learn, the biggest changes needed in music education, updating collegiate trumpet curriculum, tips on improvising, the importance of space, an anecdote from Ron Carter, working with Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------  The official website of Matt White: https://www.mattwhitejazz.com/  Master your mindful mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:00:37
June 29, 2021
Episode 62: Hanging With Nick Marchione
Episode 62: Hanging With Nick Marchione
My guest for this episode is Nick Marchione.    Nick Marchione is a bad man. Nick can swing hard or funk it out with the best of them. He’s made a name for himself on Broadway, in the studio, and on the stage with acts as diverse as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and his 4-year stint with the legendary Prince. Nick has killer chops, a huge sound, and an off-the-wall sense of humor. For he is the master of the CHA!   Check out what Nick has to say about pronunciation problems, the advantages and disadvantages of growing up in a musical household, creating a sense of connection on the bandstand, the responsibilities of a lead trumpet player, playing trumpet with Prince, the key to becoming a versatile trumpeter player, high notes and articulation, learning to laugh at yourself, the importance of the hang, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------  The official site of Nick Marchione: https://www.nickmarchionetrumpet.com/  Discover the art of the CHA: https://youtu.be/xPE6-jsSG4M  Learn how to Master Your Mindful Mindset with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:46:04
June 22, 2021
Episode 61: Hanging With Chris Jaudes
Episode 61: Hanging With Chris Jaudes
My guest for this episode is Chris Jaudes.   Chris is a powerhouse. From bebop to broadway. From brass bands to big bands, Chris is one of New York's go-to guys. And when he’s not lighting up the stage or crushing it in the pit, Chris is helping to mold the next generation of trumpet players as part of the Jazz Faculty at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. And his love for the trumpet is only matched by his love for life.   Check out what Chris has to say about pandemic practice, how not being a natural player has helped him, the importance of having a mentor, his goals for his trumpet students at Julliard, finding new sources of inspiration, the key to establishing your unique voice on the trumpet, the challenges of playing in a Broadway pit, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Unlock the power of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:11:23
June 15, 2021
Episode 60: Hanging With Mary Elizabeth Bowden
Episode 60: Hanging With Mary Elizabeth Bowden
My guest for this episode is Mary Elizabeth Bowden.   Mary is a multiple threat. She’s an internationally acclaimed soloist, a passionate educator, and also performs regularly as part of the Dash Duo, with her husband David Dash. Mary is also the founding member of the Seraph Brass, an all-woman brass ensemble. Mary is committed to giving voice to new composers and believes in teaching her students practical skills that go far beyond playing the trumpet.     Check out what Mary has to say about establishing her trumpet studio at Shenandoah University, the vision behind the Apex Trumpet Symposium, the need for diversity in the trumpet world, building a positive community, brainstorming your dreams,  the need to teach practical skills to younger students,  being married to a trumpet player, the identity of Seraph Brass, the future vision for the Apex Trumpet Summit, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!   ------------------------------------------------------------------   The Homepage of Mary Elizabeth Bowden: http://www.marybowden.com/  Follow Mary on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marytrpt/ Seraph Brass: http://www.seraphbrass.com/  The Dash Duo: http://www.dashduo.com/  Apex Trumpet Symposium: https://apextrumpet.com/  Unlock the secrets of mindfulness with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:29
June 08, 2021
Episode 59: Jerry Hey Retrospective
Episode 59: Jerry Hey Retrospective
This is a special retrospective episode on the legendary Jerry Hey.   Jerry Hey is without a doubt, one of the most impactful trumpet players of modern times. He has contributed his dazzling trumpet playing and arranging wizardry to a monumental number of recordings over his 45 plus years in the LA studio scene. And in this episode, I’ll be pulling some clips from my hangs with Jerry as well as from some of the other Trumpet Gurus that have felt his influence.   In this episode, you will hear about Jerry getting the call from Quincy Jones, how he developed his studio skills, what it takes to cut it as a studio musician, the Hawaii years, Jerry's impact on the music world, the people who had the greatest influence on Jerry, praise for Tom Walsh, and advice for overcoming adversity.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Be a more mindful musician: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets
59:34
June 01, 2021
Episode 58: Hanging With Jim Manley
Episode 58: Hanging With Jim Manley
My guest for this episode is Jim Manley.   Jim Manley is a trendsetter. Jim has been teaching virtual lessons and cranking out home studio projects long before it was en vogue. Since 1992 Jim has released a staggering 22 projects that keep the trumpet exactly where it should be, upfront and center, and often in the stratosphere. But it’s his insightful approach to efficiency that really separates him from the rest of the pack.   Check out what Jim has to say about his discography, the connection between music and memories, why the '70s were the heyday for trumpets, the uniqueness of Bill Chase and Don Ellis, Maynard Furguson and pop music, home recording and teaching online, learning to play efficiently, why you will never completely figure the trumpet out, keeping it simple, how the wrong mindset keeps you from playing in the upper register, being called the worst trumpet student ever, keeping music fun, his one piece of advice for trumpet players, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------  All things Jim Manley: https://jimmanleymusic.com/home  Get your mindset right with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:28:57
May 25, 2021
Episode 57: Hanging With Bria Skonberg
Episode 57: Hanging With Bria Skonberg
My guest for this episode is Bria Skonberg.    Bria is a trailblazer. A gifted trumpet player, vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, Bria traverses a wide spectrum of musical influences. She’s been called the shining hope of hot jazz but can also go straight heavy metal bebop with her use of electronics. She’s an award-winning player and vocalist and a champion of music for all people.   Check out what Bria has to say about the foundation for her approach to music, her early experiences as a female trumpet player, creating opportunities for others, community and not competition, creating a positive space, the sounds of unique individuals, the impetus for hosting an all-female summit, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bria Skonberg's official website: https://www.briaskonberg.com  Get your mind right with Jose's Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
44:54
May 18, 2021
Episode 56: Hanging With Tom "Bones" Malone
Episode 56: Hanging With Tom "Bones" Malone
My guest for this episode is Tom Bones Malone. Tom is a legend in the music business. Since his early days at North Texas, Tom has made a name for himself as a talented multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer. He’s been a late-night TV staple with his decade-long runs on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show With David Letterman. And has lent his talents to everyone from Aretha to Zappa. And man, does he have some great stories to tell! Check out what Tom has to say about his Rock and Roll beginnings, his legendary North Texas State experiences, contracting work and playing trumpet for Little Stevie Wonder, the importance of not turning down gigs, advice on attitude and relationships, using both sides of the brain, why people have problems improvising, playing on live TV, being a part of music and cultural history, avoiding the dark side of fame, why every gig is a great gig, advice for multi-instrumentalists, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------- The homepage of Tom “Bones” Malone: http://www.tombonesmalone.net/ Get your mind right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson’s Remedies Products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:38:53
May 11, 2021
Episode 55: Hanging With Michael Barkley
Episode 55: Hanging With Michael Barkley
My guest for this episode is Michael Barkley.   Michael is one of Ireland’s finest talents. He's an amazing lead player, soloist, arranger, and educator. And now Michael is making a name for himself in the world of microphone design with his Infinity Ribbon microphones. Microphones built by a trumpet player and designed with a trumpet player's needs, and budgets in mind.   Check out what Michael has to say about his motivation to build a better microphone, finding solutions to recording problems, how not to fry your ribbon mic with a Harmon mute, his discovery process, the importance of minimizing change, his approach to multi-tracking trumpet parts, gathering resources on recording trumpet, his affinity for bass, developing your listening, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------  Learn all about the Infinity Ribbon Microphone: http://barkleymic.com/index.html  Learn Jose's Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:51:51
May 04, 2021
Episode 54: Hanging With Doug McVey
Episode 54: Hanging With Doug McVey
My guest for this episode is Doug McVey.   You may not know the name Doug McVey, but you will. Doug is a trumpet player with a degree in Engineering Physics and is the founder of the revolutionary new company Vennture Mouthpieces which Doug started to bring together his passions for trumpet, automation, and software. Doug's new software VennCAD is an absolute game-changer in the way players will be able to take precise control over their gear, making the mouthpiece safari so much more productive and affordable.     Check out what Doug has to say about starting Vennture Mouthpieces, mixing his engineering degree with his love for the trumpet, what sparked his fascination with mouthpieces, the pain of buying a new mouthpiece the old way, the questions you need to answer when buying new gear, why he and Peter Picket won't be having a steel-cage match, the most important things to understand about mouthpiece design (you may want to go to the video version for this segment), what the pop frequency of a mouthpiece is and why it's so important, why changing equipment is not a bad thing, his approach to practicing and playing trumpet, the one thing he would like to see more of from educators, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn all about Vennture Mouthpieces and download your FREE version of VennCAD here: https://www.vennture.mp/ Get the Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics: https://amzn.to/3sUCpSE Decode the secrets to living a more mindful life with Jose here: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Chops need a little extra love? Try Robinson's Remedies products for rapid results: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:47:23
April 27, 2021
Episode 53: Hanging With James Morrison
Episode 53: Hanging With James Morrison
My guest for this episode is James Morrison.   James is a true renaissance man. A  virtuoso trumpet player, he can play blazing jazz and burning lead. But he is also equally at home on trombone, saxophone, piano, and bass. Never one to do things in a small way, James has also founded a university program, designed a studio, and is a pilot, sailor, and professional driver as well. And his approach to music and life is at a whole nother level.   Check out what James has to say about why he doesn't play the drums, his practical approach to teaching music, the power of passion, making an ally with your instrument, his mental approach on how to play high notes, how he chooses what instrument to play, the James Morrison Academy of Music, a great life lesson, you don't need to know how to do it to do it, music comes through you, polishing the diamond, being completely in the moment, how to choose the right gear, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things James Morrison: http://www.jamesmorrison.com/  Mindfulness Secrets with Jose Johnson: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:26
April 20, 2021
Episode 52: Hanging With Jay Webb
Episode 52: Hanging With Jay Webb
My guest for this episode is Jay Webb. Jay is the epitome of a well-rounded player. As equally at home on the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra as he is throwing down the funk with Cory Wong, Jay’s trumpet playing made him a mainstay in New Orleans, Phili, and New York, but it’s his viral work on TikTok and his upcoming Doc Severinson Tribute Band that will lead Jay’s to global trumpet domination. Check out what Jay has to say about finding new outlets during the pandemic, home isolation booths, recording from home, reinventing himself on TikTok, emotion in music, The Doc Severinsen Tribute Band, ways to make money on TikTok, playing with Cory Wong, using electronics effects, his unique approach to arranging, his favorite gigs, advise to trumpet players about technology, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Jay Webb: https://www.jwebbjazz.com/  Get funky with HornFX: http://www.horn-fx.com/  Get organized with Pedal Pads: https://www.pedalpad.com/  Keep your neighbors happy with Whisper Rooms: https://whisperroom.com/  The secret to calm and focus: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:26:24
April 13, 2021
Episode 51: Hanging With Kevin Burns
Episode 51: Hanging With Kevin Burns
My guest for this episode is Kevin Burns Kevin Burns is a man of many talents. A Chief Master Sergeant in the US Air Force, Kevin has held down the split lead chair in the Airmen of Note since 2002. But Kevin’s contribution to the military doesn’t stop there. He’s also an award-winning photographer and the creative force behind the US Air Force Bands media presence. Plus he makes great margaritas. Check out what Kevin has to say about being the old guy in the band, why playing in a military band fits his personality, what it means to be a great split-lead player, why he doesn't always need to be "the guy," advise on pursuing a career with a military band, helping the United States Air Force Bands join the social media revolution, expressing his creativity through photography, and so much more! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The official home of The Airmen Of Note: https://www.music.af.mil/Bands/The-United-States-Air-Force-Band/Ensembles/Airmen-of-Note/ Get more mindful with Jose and Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:36:35
April 06, 2021
Episode 50: Hanging With Roger Ingram
Episode 50: Hanging With Roger Ingram
My guest for this episode is Roger Ingram.   Roger has been called one of the hardest swinging lead trumpet players of modern times. Roger has played with some of the past legends of Big Band, like Louis Belson, Woody Herman, and Maynard Ferguson. And Roger’s high-octane playing was a huge part of the unique sound of Harry Conick, Jr’s band for 20 years. But Roger is more than a player, he’s also an author, a passionate educator, and of course, the Mute Meister.   Check out what Roger has to say about how it's a privilege to make living playing music, his daily routine, becoming an educator, learning from everyone you can, why you are your own best teacher, creating the best environment for a student's education, why you shouldn't care who's the best,   not doing things to draw attention to yourself, the demands of playing with Harry Conick, Jr., becoming a more conservative as a player, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Ingram's homepage: http://www.rogeringram.com/ Get your mindfulness on with Jose: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinsons REmedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:33:45
March 30, 2021
Episode 49: Hanging With Kiku Collins
Episode 49: Hanging With Kiku Collins
My guest for this episode is Kiku Collins.   Kiku is an unstoppable force of nature and has made her unique mark in the entertainment industry. She’s toured the world with legendary performers like Beyonce and Gloria Gaynor, performed twice at The White House, and is as equally at home playing jazz as is she is throwing down the funk. Kiku is also a passionate advocate for those affected by cancer, lymphedema, and autism. And is without a doubt, the one and only Ninja Princess.   Check out what Kiku has to say about growing up in New Jersey, finding success despite the stereotypes, learning to move while playing, why you should always audition your outfits before a gig, becoming an actress, being comfortable on big stages, important lessons from playing trumpet for Beyonce, the secret origin of the Ninja Princess, learning to live with cancer, being an advocate, advice for female trumpet players, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  The not so secret lair of The Ninja Princess: https://kikucollins.com  Find your Zen with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:26:55
March 23, 2021
Episode 48: Hanging With Mike Cichowicz
Episode 48: Hanging With Mike Cichowicz
My guest for this episode is Mike Cichowicz.   Mike is a man on a mission. The son of the legendary Vincent Cichowicz, Mike has committed himself to ensure that the legacy of his father not only survives but thrives. But Mike is much more than just his father’s son. Chic has had a successful career in the world of rock and R&B and has played with the likes of Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, and Huey Lewis and the News. And his new World Trumpet Society is bringing an upgrade to the world of trumpet conventions.   Check out what Mike has to say about keeping his father's legacy alive, the importance of listening, being influenced by Jerry Hey, the World Trumpet Society, father and son dynamics, baseball and cultural diversity, music as a form of communication, tips on mixing horn sections for live performances, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Join The World Trumpet Society: https://worldtrumpetsociety.com/  Check out Tributosaurus: https://www.tributosaurus.com/home  Learn about Vincent Cichowicz's methods: https://www.studio259productions.com/  Get your mindset right with Mindfulness Secrets: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:33:02
March 16, 2021
Episode 47: Hanging With Michael Bogart
Episode 47: Hanging With Michael Bogart
My guest for this episode is Michael Bogart.    Michael Bogart is a master of the pivot. Michael’s life has navigated a number of twists and turns that took him from the military to the road with Maynard Ferguson. After a 9 year stint as the lead trumpet for the legendary Tower of Power, Michael found himself on a journey back to the Navy, back to school, and back to his deeper spiritual calling. And now he’s preparing for a new chapter that has him heading back to Cali.   Check out what Michael has to say about attending Interlochen, his path to playing with Maynard Ferguson, the road to addiction and his path out, musical lessons from nine years of playing lead trumpet in Tower of Power, bringing his life full circle, returning to a life in service of others, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael's music website: https://frumtrumpet.com/ Rabbi Shais Taub on abuse and addiction: https://youtu.be/IQDAu9-Y4pk  Jose's teachings on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:34:40
March 09, 2021
Episode 46: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 2)
Episode 46: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 2)
This is part two of my epic hang with the great Bobby Shew. Bobby is such a fascinating man and has so much talent and insight that it’s impossible to fit everything into a single episode.  In part 1, Bobby gave us a brief glimpse into some of the early experiences that shaped his approach to learning. In this episode, Bobby takes off the kid’s gloves and explains the science of teaching and trumpet. Prepare to have your mind blown.   Check out what Bobby has to say about why his students need to read and study, the dangers of false data, trumpet teachers ego trips, the importance of the truth and science, new insights into breathing, sticking with science, the three-step process for developing musicians, the difference between being a trumpet player and being an artist, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Learn directly from Bobby: https://www.bobbyshew.com/home.html  Recommended reading: http://bit.ly/ShewBreath Get Jose's book on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:22:20
March 02, 2021
Episode 45: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 1)
Episode 45: Hanging With Bobby Shew (Part 1)
My guest for this special two-part episode is Bobby Shew.   Bobby Shew is the real OG (that’s Original Guru!) Bobby is an exceptionally creative improviser and a powerhouse lead trumpet player. But where his stellar talents truly shine is in his role as a problem solver. Bobby’s the guy the pros turn to when they run into chop problems or want to take their playing to the next level. Simply put, Bobby Shew is the man.   Check out what Bobby has to say about his insatiable desire to learn, how breathing has always been a problem since childhood, developing along the pathway of creativity, learning to play the trumpet, why he has a library full of anatomy and psychology books, what talent really means, what the main talents a musician needs, fear of making mistakes, the importance of air, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Want to study with Bobby? Here's your chance: https://www.bobbyshew.com/home.html More about the science of talent: https://amzn.to/3qGiAyi Get Jose's book on mindfulness: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
53:39
February 23, 2021
Episode 44: Hanging With Ryan Chapman
Episode 44: Hanging With Ryan Chapman
My guest for this episode is Ryan Chapman.   Ryan is a Miami-based trumpet player, arranger, composer, and educator. Known for his amazing power and control of the upper register of the trumpet, Ryan is more than a high-note jockey. Ryan is also a very insightful and intuitive teacher. Ryan has used his years of troubleshooting his own playing and equipment problems to create an effective approach that helps players of all levels make breakthroughs in their playing.    Check out what Ryan has to say about staying busy during the pandemic, working on his arranging chops, writing his dissertation on the role of the glottis in trumpet playing, why relaxing your throat doesn't work, the importance of boiling a problem down to the essentials, finding the right equipment for the job, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Ryan's homepage: https://ryanchapmantrumpet.com/ Ryan's dissertation: http://bit.ly/glottis Get Jose's book"Mindfulness Secrets": http://bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:03:26
February 16, 2021
Episode 43: Hanging With Paul Baron
Episode 43: Hanging With Paul Baron
My guest for this episode is Paul Baron   In the world of commercial trumpet playing, Paul is an A-lister. Paul has built a highly successful career as the go-to lead trumpet for the national touring shows of some of Broadway’s top hits. Paul has also authored two books that showcase his unique approach to creating consistency as well as his new book on Broadway trumpet excerpts. The first book of its kind.     Check out what Paul has to say about how martial arts training has impacted his life, the need to become more efficient, creating consistency, keeping things fresh, the benefits and difficulties of working with local musicians on a national tour, his approach to warm-ups, why he wrote The Broadway Trumpeter, and so much more!   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! Show Notes 0:00 Intro  1:49 The benefits of martial arts training  10:20 The need to become more efficient  16:02 Creating consistency  22:51 How to not get bored  30:09 Working with local musicians  35:09 Paul's three warm-ups  45:26 The backstory on writing The Broadway Trumpeter  58:03 Gear up!  1:14:41 Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All things Paul: http://www.paulbaron.net/ Buy Paul's books here: https://qpress.ca/shop/?filter_author-composer=baron-paul Get Jose's book "Mindfulness Secrets": https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  
01:21:14
February 09, 2021
Episode 42: Hanging With Kate Amrine
Episode 42: Hanging With Kate Amrine
My guest for this episode is Kate Amrine.   Kate is a New York-based performer and educator. Besides being a gifted trumpeter, Kate is on a mission to give voice to those who are often overlooked. And whether it’s in her quest to commission and perform new music or her involvement with Brass Out Loud, Kate is a musical and social force to be reckoned with.   Check out what Kate has to say about discovering a new love for the trumpet, technology challenges,  the mission of Brass Out Loud, the need for diversity in music, breaking through restrictions, bringing people together, her love for Broadway music, creating a platform for new and diverse composers, finding the right equipment, developing sound concepts, musical influences, the need for young musicians to learn real-world skills, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  All things Kate: https://www.kateamrine.com/  Find out more about Brass Out Loud: https://www.brassoutloud.com/  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Find your focus with mindfulness: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:00:57
February 02, 2021
Episode 41: Hanging With Eric Miyashiro
Episode 41: Hanging With Eric Miyashiro
This episode takes us all the way to Tokyo for a hang with a player who soars so high that he is StratospERIC - the great Eric Miyashiro.   Eric is a true force of nature. While Eric is an all-around talent on the horn, he is in a rare league of players when it comes to his control and power in the upper register of the trumpet. A top-call player and educator in Tokyo, Eric is a worldwide celebrity, particularly notated for his tributes to the music of Maynard Ferguson and Bill Chase. Plus he has some great stories!   So check out what Eric has to say about growing up in Hawaii, being a self-taught player, the dream of being the world's greatest lead trumpet player, playing lead trumpet with Buddy Rich, rediscovering his chops, playing with injuries, what you should never do when you cut your lips, dialing in his equipment, how to pick the right horn and mouthpiece, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Miyashiro's homepage: http://www.ericmiyashiro.com/ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Master the mental game of life: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:33:51
January 26, 2021
Episode 40: Hanging With Sean Billings
Episode 40: Hanging With Sean Billings
My guest for this episode is Sean Billings.  Sean is an LA-based trumpet player who has a love for music from all cultures. Sean has toured the world as a long time member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and is a founding member of the genre-bending band Jungle Fire. Sean also plays a vital role in the future of music education as part of the faculty of the Musicians Institute.    Check out what Sean has to say about the formation of Jungle Fire, trying not to be too busy, being clear on your purpose for playing, playing in the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the importance of being yourself, writing the trumpet curriculum for the Musicians Institute, creating a new approach to educating commercial players, the importance of networking and building relationships, sound concepts, musical influences, listening to lead trumpet players, being patient, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Interested in a music degree? Check out the Musician's Institute: https://www.mi.edu/  For some red hot tunes, check out Jungle Fire: http://junglefiremusic.com/  Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove  Get your Zen on with Mindfulness Secrets: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:24:38
January 19, 2021
Episode 39: Hanging With Josh Rzepka
Episode 39: Hanging With Josh Rzepka
When you need to find the perfect mute for the perfect sound, there's only one place to go. And that's to my guest for this episode, Josh Rzepka.  Josh is a man of many talents. Trumpet player, content creator, photographer, author, and mute expert extraordinaire. A moderator of Positive Trumpeters Worldwide, Josh is all about education, growth, opportunity, and encouragement. His wildly popular Mute Monday video series on YouTube is slick, fun, and entertaining, and after spending a few minutes with him, you’ll understand why. Check out what Josh has to say about Mute Monday, building a successful YouTube channel, the search for the perfect Harmon mute, collaborating with Roger Ingram, his music and media mentors, developing his photography chops, why gear is not so important, writing the Versatile Trumpeter, the start of Positive Trumpeter Worldwide, the need for change in music education curriculums, and so much more.  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Check out all things Josh: https://www.joshrzepka.com/ Follow Mute Monday and more: https://www.youtube.com/user/JoshRzepka Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Become a more mindful musician: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:18:39
January 12, 2021
Episode 38: Rapid Fire Rewind: "What Do You Wish You Knew?"
Episode 38: Rapid Fire Rewind: "What Do You Wish You Knew?"
This is another special edition of the hang where we’ll be taking a look back at some more highlights from 2020.  This episode is the brain-child of the unsung hero of The Hang, my producer Mitch Bowers. Mitch has always loved the Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round responses to the questions, "what advice would you give your younger self about music and about life?" Even though Mitch is a drummer, he’s always found the responses insightful and enlightening, and so will you. So stick around and hear what guests The guests? Wayne Bergeron, Trent Austin, Aaron Romm, Chris Cromer, Adam Rapa, Mike Vax, Mike Williams, Charles Hargett, Rob Qualich, Danny Falcone, Jerry Hey, Mike Del Quadro, Tom Walsh, Jeff Curnow, Scott Belck, Augie Haas, Kenny Robinson, Richard Mukamal, Frank Greene, Vinnie Ciesielski, Mark Zauss, Terry Warburton, Kenny Rampton, Jose Sibaja, Willie Murillo, Walter White, Gary Grant, Keith Fiala, Ronald Romm, Dan Fornero, Serafin Aguilar, Aaron Washington, and Lexie Signor have to say to their younger selves. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Become a more mindful musician: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:12:33
January 05, 2021
Episode 37: Rapid Fire Rewind - "What's the Over and Under?"
Episode 37: Rapid Fire Rewind - "What's the Over and Under?"
This is a special year-end edition of the hang where we’ll be taking a look back at some of the highlights of 2020.  In this episode, I’ll be bringing you all of my guest’s responses to a very important set of questions from the "Robinson’s Remedies Rapid Fire Round." The questions? What are the most underrated and overrated aspects of trumpet playing? The answers? Tune in and you’ll find out So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove Less stress = better playing. Learn the secrets to getting your mind right: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:00:09
December 29, 2020
Episode 36: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 2)
Episode 36: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 2)
Welcome to Part 2 of my epic Super Hang with Wayne Bergeron and Friends In Part 1 Wayne talked about his battle with cancer. We were later joined by surprise guests Jerry Hey, Frank Greene, Walter White, Dan Fornero, and Gordon Goodwin. And when we left off, the party kicked into high gear with the arrival of Gary Grant. And trust me, things get a little bit nuts. So check out what Gordon Goodwin has to say about writing for Wayne, Frank accusing Wayne of putting fingerings on his charts,  Wayne learning to play "Years of Therapy," a roundtable discussion of dealing with the demands of playing live, making your nerves work for you, an example of why you should never be the first person to leave a hang, and a very special episode of the "Robinson's Remedies Rapid Fire Round" that's all about Wayne. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ All things Wayne: https://www.waynebergeron.com/ Get Walter White's newest release "BbXL" here: https://www.walterwhitemusic.net/ Stay Phat and happy with Gordon Goodwin: http://www.bigphatband.com/ Dan Fornero's "Not So Old School" and more: http://www.danfornero.com/ Get Frank Greene's book "I Knew That!": Buy on Amazon here! Let Robinson's Remedies show your chops the love they deserve: bit.ly/ChopLove Looking for a little mindfulness? Jose has you covered: https://josejohnson.com/mindfulness-secrets/
01:24:13
December 22, 2020
Episode 35: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 1)
Episode 35: Hanging With Wayne Bergeron and Friends (Part 1)
Welcome to the first Trumpet Gurus Super-Hang! My featured guest for this super hang is Wayne Bergeron. They call him Mr. Incredible, and it's a title that he has earned in so many ways. Wayne is one of the world’s most highly respected trumpet players. He’s a great player and a great guy. And despite all of his success, he has had his fair share of hardships. Wayne returns to The Hang to share his recent experience of battling cancer. Oh, and we are joined by some very special guests that make this a super-sized hang you won’t believe. So join us for Part 1 as Wayne talks about his battle with cancer, dealing with issues that negatively impact his playing, overcoming fear, and the importance of being there for others. And then stay around for surprise guests Jerry Hey, Frank Greene, Walter White, Dan Fornero, and Gordon Goodwin. This one's a hang for the history book! So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Stay up to date with all things Wayne at:  https://www.waynebergeron.com/ Check out Walter White's newest release (with special guest, Wayne Bergeron) at: https://www.walterwhitemusic.net/ Visit Dan Fornero at: http://www.danfornero.com/ Everything you ever wanted to know about Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band can be found at: http://www.bigphatband.com/ Got quarantine chops? Show them some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove  Learn more about your host at: https://josejohnson.com/
01:12:37
December 15, 2020
Episode 34: Hanging With Lexie Signor
Episode 34: Hanging With Lexie Signor
Who's an educator, performing artist, TedX presenter, and TikTok star? My guest for this week's episode, Lexie Signor.    Lexie is truly one of a kind. She’s bold and brash both on and off the stage. But she is also highly intelligent and introspective. Lexie is a champion for equal rights on the bandstand and in the halls of higher education. Lexie is a passionate educator and a gifted player and composer. In fact, you’re listening to her work right now. And one thing’s for sure, when Lexie is around, the laughs abound.   So check out what Lexie has to say about her recent autism diagnosis, making sense of past experiences, how Aspberger's is her super-power, being a woman in a traditionally man's world, the importance of routine, the correlation between music and movement, how to build endurance, and so much more!  So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Ted Women 2020: https://tedwomen2020.ted.com/  Lexie's homepage: https://www.theladytrumpeter.com/  Give your chops the love they need: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:28:33
December 08, 2020
Episode 33: Hanging With Aaron Washington
Episode 33: Hanging With Aaron Washington
Whether you are a beginning trumpet player wanting to learn how to play the blues, or an experienced player wanting to learn how to make more green, you need to check out my guest for this episode, Aaron Washington   Aaron is a young man who has discovered a passion for the trumpet, jazz, and education.  Like so many others, Aaron started down the road of traditional music education only to realize it’s limitations in reach. So Aaron hit the shed to develop his social media chops. Now his tutorials have racked up millions of views and which allows Aaron to help thousands of young players every week.   Check out what Aaron has to say about how being lazy led to a love for teaching, growing up around great music but not great musicians, building a social media presence, finding an audience, practicing the basics, the importance of finding a good teacher in music and marketing, the best platforms for musicians to explore, and so much more.   So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Check out Aaron's YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/2bVuwYS  Learn more about your host here: https://josejohnson.com/ Got COVID chops? Show them some love with Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove
01:13:38
December 01, 2020
Episode 32: Hanging With Serafin Aguilar (Part 2)
Episode 32: Hanging With Serafin Aguilar (Part 2)
What happens when you hang with a talent that is so huge that the interview couldn't fit into one episode? Well, you split it into two so you don't miss out on anything! This episode is Part 2 of my epic hang with Serafin Aguilar.  In the first half of our hang, Serafin gave you an in-depth look into his approach to the trumpet. In this, the second half, Serafin talks about how he put those skills to work to fulfill his childhood dream of touring with his trumpet hero Maynard Ferguson, his first time trading solos with The Boss, not backing down, being a cheerleader for other players, his involvement in the smash hit Havana, why he prefers playing live to playing in the studio, and so much more. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Are your chops in need of a little TLC? Check out my friends at Robinson's Remedies: bit.ly/ChopLove Find out more about your host: https://josejohnson.com/
01:01:32
November 24, 2020