Claude Gordon and Herbert L. Clarke are two of the most significant names in brass playing history. They both enjoyed exceptional playing careers, authored books, designed instruments and had an enormous impact on professional brass players in their private teaching and through their books. Claude studied with Clarke ten years after moving the Los Angeles from Montana in the middle of the 1930s Great Depression. The content of their teaching was identical.
Why did so many people come from so far away to study with Claude Gordon? What made him unique? Why do so many people owe their careers to this man’s teaching?
This is a humorous book.
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. Rob is a comeback trumpet player and at the time of this video he had been playing less than two years. Also, he had never played a Triple High C before studying with me. Concepts like Tongue Level and K Tongue Modified unlocked many things in his playing, including the upper register. You can read his testimonial about this.
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.
Ali Daneshkhah takes online trumpet lessons from Jeff Purtle and is from Tehran, Iran.
This one page etude was played in one breath by Ali after about one year of private lessons, having never had formal lessons prior to that. He also had never been exposed to many of the method books common to brass players in the United States of America.
Hummel Trumpet Concerto - Allegro con Spirito - Ali Daneshkhah from Tehran, Iran
Ali has been studying privately with Jeff Purtle for slightly longer than one year. Prior to this he had not taken private lessons and had little exposure to method books and various styles of music. Ali works for the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting). He looks forward to where trumpet and music might take him in the future.
Shawn Hines has studied privately with Jeff Purtle a number of years, taking trumpet lessons online since 2004. Shawn is a professional trumpet player based in the Boston, Massachusetts area and performs all over the United States of America. In addition to playing lead trumpet Shawn also leads his own jazz combos and big band. He is currently working on an album of original compositions.
Well..I'm Walter from Italy....I'm a professional Jazz trumpet player and teacher in Italy near Garda Lake (north Italy close to Austria ) ....after 20 years of playing around Italy and Europe I wasn't happy at all because I wasn't really able to keep my standard always on the top....I used to practice 3-4 hours a day, doing warm ups (like buzz mouthpiece for 20 minutes, flow studies, etc. ,doing breathing exercises but any time I was on the stage my feeling was different.......I discovered this web site and I called Mr. Purtle.....
When I started chemotherapy eight months ago I thought my trumpet days were over for a while. But I was wrong. Not only was I able to perform in various situations but my playing and sound progressed. Of course there were many bad days because of the medicine but I learned how and what to practice. When I look back over the eight months I see that I have never performed so often and in so various fields including, symphonic orchestra, woodwind and brasswind bands, jazz quintett , funk groups, rock groups, weddings, brass quintets and the list goes on for a while.
Dan Fornero is well known for splitting the Lead Trumpet book for Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band with Wayne Bergeron. Dan is also one of the original members of Harry Kim's Vine Street Horns, which can be heard on many of the Phil Collins albums, videos and live concerts. Dan is also one of the top call studio trumpet players in Los Angeles.
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.
Table of Contents
Herbert Lincoln Clarke
1. FIRST SERIES
2. SECOND SERIES
THE CLARKE FAMILY
THE IMPORTANCE OF THOROUGHNESS
THE BAND FEVER
3. THIRD SERIES
ERNEST TAKES UP THE TUBA
THE CALL TO CANADA
THE MUSIC GERM AT WORK
4. FOURTH SERIES
SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS
THE CORNET CONQUERS
5. FIFTH SERIES
BRANCHING OUT A BIT
A HARD-EARNED THREE DOLLARS
THE OBSESSING CORNET
6. SIXTH SERIES
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.