The John Philip Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, a Division of the Illinois University Library at Urbana-Champaign, is now the home of the Claude Gordon Collection
On January of 1999 the Claude Gordon Music Enterprise website was launched. The website went offline in late 2012 after the death of Eric Swanson, Claude's stepson, which was preceded by the death of Claude's second wife, Patty Gordon, in 2011. These are archived pages from the original site. Some of the content has been condensed, combined and summarized to show all the content on each page in an easy to find manner.
Rick Baptist is one of the most recorded trumpet players in Hollywood, heard on over 1100 movies, 1600 cartoon, shows like Dancing With The Stars, and the Oscars for over 25 years. Rick knows what it takes to have a long successful career.
EMERGING AS AMERICA’S MOST INNOVATIVE BRASS CONFERENCE by Mike Hottinger
The 2011 Purtle Brass Conference excited and inspired with its unique blend of advanced technology, innovative teaching techniques, proven fundamentals, and an impressive cast of prominent brass leaders.
Systematic Approach To Daily Practice was the first book written by Claude Gordon. It is much more than range studies, even though the exercises are written to Double High C and down to Double and Triple Pedal C. The book is unique as perhaps the first book ever to show how an average player can develop playable range with high notes to Double High C and even Triple High C. Even more significant is that this book shows how to practice. It has 52 weeks of example practice routines that combine the use of other great method books.
A work that has stood the test of time by one of the brass world’s most important pedagogues, Characteristic Studies for the Cornet should be part of any trumpet student’s library. Within its pages, the student will gain valuable insight on tonguing and the 24 characteristic studies will help the student to gain absolute control of technique, articulation, slurring and endurance. This work will prove helpful and beneficial to the developing player.
History of this book:
This is a book originally written by Harry Glantz, then attributed to Aaron Harris but now released by Charles Colin with the code CC1006. In the Colin edition the original author(s) are not mentioned and the cover looks different but it is the same book.
Brass Playing Is No Harder Than Deep Breathing is a 35 page book that summarizes the content of Claude Gordon's teaching in a concise and clear manner. This shows how to think and how to practice. It is for all trumpet and brass players.
In 1912 Herbert L. Clarke wrote one of the mostly widely used trumpet method books. It is still in use today by every serious professional and aspiring professional trumpet and brass player. The size of the book, 53 pages, is far outweighed by the volume of wisdom contained in just a few brief comments on how to use the book. This book however, like many books, has been subjected to reinterpretation. In the early 1980s the book was reprinted with translations into three languages (English, German, and French). At that time the English text was changed, possibly for easier translation.
Rob Perry has studied with me since May 2012 and KO Skisness shot this video of Rob at the Stomvi booth at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference.
I have finally located another source for the Gatti Method. The Carl Fischer edition was what I used with Claude Gordon in the 1980s and 1990s, which was a translated edition of the original. This is the original in three volumes. I am currently using this will all of my students and myself. The Gatti Method is an essential item for any brass player's library. My favorite section of the book is where it has a scale study with models, an etude and a duet in each major and minor key. The duets are fun, operatic, and in the style of cornet solos of the past.
This book combines beautiful lyrical etudes with transposition and is rewarding to play on many levels. Anyone aspiring to play orchestral music and master transposition will find this essential to master and will love to return to play it for years in the future.