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

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on dom, 09/11/2016 - 00:06

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 Student of Claude Gordon by John Mohan

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on dom, 09/11/2016 - 00:03

My name is John Mohan and I was a student of Claude Gordon from 1979 until 1995, although I only studied part-time between 1987 and 1990 due to my being on the road as Musical Director and Trumpet Soloist for two different international Circuses during that time. I consider myself extremely fortunate in having had the opportunity to study with Claude, as I feel that his tutorship is largely responsible for my success as a professional trumpet player.

Claude Gordon Testimonials and Endorsements

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on dom, 09/11/2016 - 00:01

Read what these great artists say about Claude Gordon, his books, and his teaching. It really works for anyone that wants to learn to play correctly and it is the fastest way to develop as a brass player with strong fundamentals essential for a career playing any style of music.

I have known Claude for a number of years. I knew him as a great trumpet player and also a great teacher.

I think his new book should help everyone who is interested in being a good, strong trumpet player.

Claude Gordon Trumpets - A Full Voiced Trumpet That Is Not Tiring To Hold Or Play

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 23:58

Claude Gordon trumpets are very special to me. I have exclusively played a CG Selmer trumpet since December of 1984, when Claude picked one for me, and I still love it. My goal with this page is to help players find these exceptional trumpets. They were modeled after the best Meha Besson Trumpets of the past, as played by Claude Gordon, Conrad Gozzo, and great players of that era. The leadpipe design on the CG Trumpets was designed by Claude in his work with Dominic Collichio, the famous custom trumpet builder of Hollywood, California.

Shipping an Instrument by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:56

When shipping a brass instrument we must consider the fact that most cases don’t offer much protection with the exception of Walt Johnson Cases. Walt’s cases are superior in that they provide more protection between the instrument and the outer shell of the case. The interior of his cases are all foam and molded to the shape of each instrument as opposed to typical cases with a hard interior of wood and plastic. If the instrument is dropped or jolted very hard the instrument will be damaged from hitting against the inside of the case.

Charles Noel Brady

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:49

Charles Brady passed away at age 72 on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Brady was unusually humble for his accomplishments. He previously was principal trumpet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He also made one of the best recordings of L'Histoire du Soldat with Igor Stravinsky conducting his own work.

Brass and Trumpet Repairs and Maintenance

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:41

Trumpet And Brass Instrument Repairs

A professional level hand made instrument that is the quality above the usual mass produced assembly line instruments demands a quality repairman. The following repairmen are ones I have personally dealt with and watched as they produce precision, quality and beauty. They all go beyond the usual music store repairmen in that they have actual knowledge of manufacturing from the ground up and can build replacement parts if needed.

Rich Ita's Brass Instrument Workshop

Lee Loughnane Interview About Claude Gordon And The CG Selmer Trumpet by John La Barbera

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:34

Thirty years is a long time to play in a band let alone with the same horn section. Nevertheless, Lee Loughnane (pronounced Lock-nain) has done just that with the world-famous band Chicago. To my knowledge, no other horn section of any band has been together that long. Those of you who have been out there know that friendships have a hard time standing up to the rigors of road life. The staying power of this section attests to the uniqueness of their music and spirit.

Trumpet and Brass Playing Frequently Asked Questions by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:30

Trumpet and Brass Playing Frequently Asked Questions

This is not meant to be a stand alone article, but to address questions from the first two articles, How To Practice and What To Practice, which should be read first.

Categories of Questions:

Saint Jacome Method - Original Text From 1894 edition

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:26


The Cornet is without contradiction one of the easiest instruments to play as regards the fingering, and one of the most difficult in regard to the Embouchure.

It bears some analogy to the human voice in its compass, and in the manner in which respiration is conducted. That is why it has on many occasions been styled the Tenor of the Orchestra.

The manner of learning to play it differs essentially from that in which any other sort of instrument is learnt.

How To Practice by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:20

How To Practice

How often have you heard that someone is a great instrumentalist because they are a “natural” and that “naturals” are rare? That is not true! Playing a brass instrument is easy if done correctly. Watch the best players and notice how easy they make it seem. By contrast, watch the many high school and college students turning red trying to play high notes. They try every gimmick known hoping they will discover “the secret.” They waste money and time on mouthpieces, instruments and other equipment.

Claude Gordon and Jeff Purtle (The Brass Herald, May 2009 issue)

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:14

“Don’t stop where I have gone!” said Claude Gordon to his students. That was the same admonition given to Gordon from Herbert L. Clarke. My previous three articles dealt with Claude Gordon himself, the content of his teaching, and how to apply it in a daily practice routine. This article is about moving forward in brass playing and teaching.

Claude Gordon - Master Teacher (The Brass Herald, October 2008 issue) by Jeff Purtle

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 22:09

I first met Claude in the summer of 1984 at his CG Brass Camp. I was immediately struck by his encouraging and positive attitude. He believed anyone could become a great player and accomplish what others said were only for a gifted few. He showed how all the great players played the same way in regards to fundamentals (i.e. defined as The Seven Basic Items) and that it could done by anyone.

I began private lessons with him on July 24, 1984 at age 16. I studied consistently over the next ten years and eventually became one of the staff at the CG Brass Camp.

National Trumpet Competition 2014 - Harry Kim

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 14:20

Harry Kim will be a featured artist at the National Trumpet Competition. Harry will be doing a unique multimedia presentation on Life Lessons As a Musician that will be practical for anyone aspiring to a rewarding career. Also, Harry and Rick Baptist will be playing a concert with the United States Navy Band Commodores. Then, Harry Kim and Rick Baptist will do a panel discussion about the music business.

Greenville County Youth Orchestra in Greenville, South Carolina - A Vision Accomplished

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on sab, 09/10/2016 - 13:03

Greenville County Youth Orchestra (GCYO) is now the name that encompasses two youth orchestras named the Young Artist Orchestra (previously GCYO) and The Philharmonic (The Phil) that take place at the Fine Arts Center, which is part of the Greenville County School District.