Listening to Trumpet Music Online and CD’s
Are you a trumpet player? Do you listen to trumpet music online or on CD? You should if you want to be a good player. As a musician, it’s easy to become a technician or approach the instrument from a mechanical standpoint. There are even times when this is necessary, but doing so to a great extent makes someone a technician…not a musician. As a musician, we all strive to be artists.
When I was in my early years playing trumpet, you just couldn’t find many recordings where I lived. That was pre-Youtube… pre-internet. We had one store in town that sold CD’s, and they had a meager collection of trumpet CD’s. Trumpet players today have an incredible amount of information and trumpet music online. Sadly, most young players never take the time to search them out. If you are shopping for a trumpet player, Trumpet Cd’s make great gifts for a trumpet player.
Sound the Trumpet: Royal Music of Purcell & HandelTrumpet SpectacularThe Lightning Fields – New Music for Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Piano [World Premiere Recordings]The Philip Smith Collection – Trumpet Highlights, Vol. 1Trumpet EvolutionBaroque Music for TrumpetsTrumpet Concertos of Haydn, Hummel, Torelli, and Bellini
Getting a good concept of sound from trumpet music online
To paraphrase what I heard a great trumpet teacher say once, “If you don’t listen to great trumpet players, how do you know what a trumpet is supposed to sound like?” Unless you have a great aural image of what you want your trumpet to sound like, you’ll never have a great sound. How hungry are you to be a great player?
Sources of Trumpet Music Online
Trumpet recordings and masterclasses are available on Youtube, Amazon Music (some of it free with an Amazon Prime and/or Amazon Music Unlimited account), Spotify, and many other places online. We signed up for Amazon Prime years ago because of the instant video and free Amazon Prime shipping, before I even knew about their extensive music list. It’s becoming the “One Stop Shop” of just about everything online. If you want to try out the Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited, they have free trials of both services.
Great master classes with the best players and teachers in the world can be found online to watch for free. When I was growing up, if you wanted to go to a master class with one of the best players/teachers around, you had to travel and pay to be part of one. Now, you can watch many on Youtube.
But Classical Music Puts Me to Sleep
Maybe you don’t really appreciate classical music. That was me years ago. Classical music put me to sleep until I learned about Bud Herseth, Phil Smith, and other great players. If that’s the case for you, search out some of the great brass quintets, like the Canadian Brass or Empire Brass, as well as others. Much of the brass quintet music is very entertaining for someone who doesn’t like classical music. Check out some of the jazz players like Wynton Marsalis. Amazon has a lot of great CD’s you can order or MP3’s you can download for nominal fees.
It’s truly amazing what happens when you start really listening to great players. Your brain starts to expect that sound when you play too. Soon, you start to hear small pieces of those players in your sound. One day, you’ll be sitting in rehearsal and play something in your music and all of a sudden, you hear that player in your sound. I promise you won’t forget that day. It’s one of the coolest feelings in the world.
When you find a trumpet player whose sound you want to model, you may find yourself seeking out the same professional trumpet they play. In most cases, you can buy the same professional trumpet they play. You may not sound exactly like them, but you probably won’t be happy with your sound until you have the same horn. You can’t just buy the same equipment and expect to sound like Bud Herseth, but it’s a start.
There’s no faster way to get someone to play with a certain style than to play it for them. The best band directors I have played for taught in this manner. You can spend several minutes or hours trying to get someone to play with a certain style, but if you play it for them once or twice, they get it.
Two of my favorite etude books to use with students to develop sound and style include Cd’s with Phil Smith performing all of the etudes. It’s truly amazing how fast a student’s grasps hold of sound and style concepts when listening to the CD’s that come with these books, and Phil Smith is an incredible player to model. The grades listed are not school grades. They are difficulty grades assigned by the publisher. I generally consider most of the etudes in the books to be good for students in ninth grade and up for students in our area.
Put simply, if you want to be a great player, you will search out recordings of great trumpet players and listen to them constantly. If you don’t, I would have a hard time believing you’re really “hungry” enough to be a great player. How good do you want to be? The resources are endless today. If you search, you’ll find someone great that you like to listen to, and if you listen to them enough, you’ll start to sound a little like them. There’s only one word that comes to mind when that happens…Cool!