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There are numerous writings about music, trumpeting and life. Here is a list of some of the best which have crossed my path. There are many other great books and websites, these are merely the ones that spoke most directly to me.


Trumpet Fundamentals

Chunn, Michael, A Trumpeterís Daily Routine.  Bellingham:  Medici Music Press, 1985.

Clark, Herbert L., Technical Studies.  New York:  Carl Fischer, 1984

Colin, Charles, Lip Flexibilities Complete.  New York:  Charles Colin.

Harris, Aaron, Advanced Studies.  Lynn, MA:  Aaron Harris, 1930.

Pfund, William, The Trumpeterís Pedagogical Guide. Eaton, CO: William Pfund, 1992.

Schlossberg, Charles, Daily Drills and Exercises

Vizzutti, Allen, Trumpet Method.  Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1991


Trumpet and technique

Altenburg, Johann Ernst, Essay on an introduction to the heroic and musical trumpetersí and kettledrummersí art, for the sake of a wider acceptance of the same, described historically, theoretically, and practically an illustrated with examples.  Complete English translation by Edward H. Tarr.  Nashville:  Brass Press, 1974.

Baines, Anthony, Brass Instruments:  Their History and Development.  New York:  Charles Scribnerís Sons, 1976.

Campos, Frank Gabriel, Trumpet Technique. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005

Davidson, Louis, Trumpet Profiles.  USA:  Louis Davidson.

Frederiksen, Brian, Arnold Joacobs:  Song and Wind.  WindSong Press Limited, 1996.

Green, Barry and W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Music.  Garden City, N. Y..: Anchor Press/Doubleday, c1986.

Hickman, David, Trumpet Pedegogy.  Chandler    Arizona, Hickman Music Editions, 2006.

Johnson, Keith, The Art of Trumpet Playing.  Ames:  Iowa State University Press, 1981.

Pietzsch, Hermann, Die Trumpet.  Leipzig:  Universal.

Ramacharaka, Yogi, Science of Breath.  Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1904.

Smithers, Don, The Music and History of the Baroque Trumpet before 1721, second edition.  Carbondale and Edwardsville:  Southern Illinois University Press, 1988. 

Stewart, M. Dee, The Legacy of a Master.  Northfield, Il:  The Instrumentalist Publishing Company, 1987.

Stork, John, Understanding the Mouthpiece.  Switzerland:  Editions BIM.


Music and life

Booth, Eric, The Everyday Work of Art. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Bruser, Madeline, The Art of Practicing.  New York:  Bell Tower, 1997

Cook, Richard and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Fifth Edition.  London, New York: Penguin Books, 2000

Donington, Robert, The Interpretation of Early Music.  London, Faber and Faber, 1963.

King, Robert, Brass Players Guide.  North Easton:  Robert King Music Sales, Inc.

Nachmanovich, Stephen, Free Play:  Improvisation in Life and Art.  Los Angeles:  Jeremy Tarcher, Inc. 1990.

Ottman, Robert, Music for Sight Singing.  New Jersey:  Prentice Hall.

Papopos, Janice, The Performing Artists Handbook.  Cincinnati:  Writerís Digest Books, 1984.

Rilke, Rainer M., Letters to a Young Poet.  Translation by M. D. Herter Norton.  New York:  Norton, 1954.

Rubinstein, Arthur, My Young Years.  New York:  Alfred Knopf, 1973.

Ristad, Eloise, Soprano on her Head.  Moab, UT:  Real People Press, 1982.

Sherman, Russel, Piano Pieces.  New York:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996.

Tharp, Twyla, The Creative Habit. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003

Werner, Kenny, Effortless Mastery:  liberating the master musician within.  New Albany, IN:  Jamey Aebersold Jazz, c1996


Web sites

http://www.thetuningcd.com/ (to learn about and purchase the tuning CD)

http://rkingmusic.com (searchable catalogue of the largest distributer of brass music)

http://www.trumpetguild.org/  (International Trumpet Guild)

http://www.hornsociety.org/ (horn)


http://www.hornplayer.net/ (horn)

http://www.public.asu.edu/~jqerics/articles_online.htm (horn)

http://www.trombone.org/ (trombone)

www.ita-web.org  (trombone)


http://www.whc.net/rjones/brassrsc.htm (brass resources)

http://remember.to/practice (trombone)

http://www.tubaeuph.com/ (tuba)

http://www.yeodoug.com/ (bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

http://www.trumpetherald.com/ (buy and sell used trumpets, discussion groups)

http://www.brass-bulletin.ch/ (Brass news)

http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/lichtmann/ (free music for download)

http://www.historicbrass.org/ (historical instruments, serpents, natural trumpets, sackbuts)

http://www.summitrecords.com/ (Brass recordings)

http://www.missouri.edu/~cceric/mclass/index.html (masterclass info from A. Jacobs)

 http://feftrpt.homestead.com/pvhome.html Free music downloads

http://abel.hive.no/oj/musikk/trompet/ (Trumpet stuff)


http://www.counterstreamradio.org/default.asp Classical contemporary music only, a must for aspiring composers.