Claude Gordon Practice Routines (The Brass Herald, February 2009 issue) by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:58

A practice routine is a tool to become an excellent and consistent player. It also gives a scientific way to understand how to improve specific skills. These qualities are essential for a long successful career. Claude Gordon believed anyone could be a “virtuoso” if he knew how to practice.

Testimonial about Claude Gordon's approach to brass playing through lessons with Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:09

I began studying with Jeff Purtle in June 2016 having been a successful semi-professional player for 13 years.  I read Roger Ingram's book "Clinical Notes" and recognised myself as someone who was beginning to feel no benefit from routines designed 13years ago to keep me gig fit.  After reading about Claude Gordon's approach on Jeff's website I attempted to study Claude's books without instruction.

David Bertie - trumpet
David Bertie

Freelance Trumpeter
Brass Teacher
Wincanton, Somerset
United Kingdom

Lee Loughnane Testimonial about Hit it Hard & Wish it Well by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Sat, 12/17/2016 - 18:15

Arturo Sandoval Trumpet Clinic

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 09:05

David Cutler Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Sat, 12/31/2016 - 13:57

“Trumpeter Jeff Purtle dreamed of balancing a nice standard of living with an independent teaching career while impacting students from across the globe. As an early adopter of video conferencing technology, he recognized that geography was largely irrelevant to reaching these aspirations. Moving to Greenville, SC, he built a vibrant teaching business while residing in this beautiful, affordable city that is close to family.”

Excerpt From: David Cutler. “The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact.” iBooks.

Dr. David Cutler - author of The Savvy Musician and The Savvy Music Teacher
Dr. David Cutler

Author of The Savvy Musician and The Savvy Music Teacher
Keyboards for Boston Brass
Professor at University of South Carolina

What would Claude say?

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 09:09

What Would Claude Say?

Answers from the personal notes and lectures of Claude Gordon

Question of the Month Subject: Gadgets and they work?

"If you think for one moment that a gadget or a gimmick will make you a good brass player you are in deep trouble. And yet, you see them advertised over and over again in popular brass magazines.

Claude Gordon Music Enterprise Archived Website - Incidentals

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 08:37


The demands of working in Hollywood and being homesick for Montana's blue sky and tall trees prompted the Gordons' to choose a permanent home site in the San Bernardino mountains. A small airport in the heart of the Big Bear Valley determined the location.

Claude Gordon Music Enterprise Archived Website - Career Biography

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 08:32

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.

Correct Hand Position For The Trumpet And Valved Brass Instruments by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 16:41

In this article two of the seven fundamental physical items of Brass Playing are going to be explained. This article is meant to accompany the article How To Practice. The article What To Practice also explains how to apply all the Seven Basic Items in a daily practice routine using the various known method books.

How I Became A Cornetist by Herbert L. Clarke

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 15:32

Beginning of a Series of Autobiographical Sketches
by HERBERT L. CLARKE, Noted Bandmaster and Cornet Virtuoso

Herbert Lincoln Clarke (1867-1945) was a legend in his own time. He is easily the best known cornetist of all times. From his meager beginnings of practicing on an old Ophicleide and joining the Queen's Own Rifle Regimental Band in Toronto just so he could have a cornet (a Courtois) he could call his own to practice, one would never suspect such a career lay ahead of him.