Ray Grzybowski - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:04

I have been working with Jeff on a regular (weekly) basis to improve my trumpet playing skills. I am what one would consider a comeback player that required extensive work and encouragement, since I had not played for almost 20 years. He is a disciplined teacher with an approach to trumpet playing that has greatly improved my skills and performance level. My improvement was gradual due to my personal constraints of finding the time to practice the varied exercises and routines prescribed by Jeff.

Ray Grzybowski - trumpet
Ray Grzybowski

Conestoga Wood Specialties, CFO

Sergio Frade - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:53

I started playing the trumpet when I was very young, but I always had problems with my embouchure, and lips. I stopped playing the trumpet at age 24 after, while playing in a band, hit the trumpet player in front of me causing a blow to the lip.

When I went to Canada, I was in a music store looking for some books and the words "BRASS PLAYING IS NO HARDER THAN DEEP BREATHING" caught my attention and I was very excited.

Sergio Frade - trumpet
Sergio Frade

Freelance Musician and Lead Trumpet player
Lisbon, Portugal

David Stern - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:38

When I learned that Jeff was a long-time student of Claude Gordon, I was excited to both hire him to teach my students and take lessons myself.  The opportunity to tap into the pedagogy of Gordon's in a direct manner has proven a valuable enhancement to my own teaching and brass performance.

Dr. David Stern - trombone
Dr. David Stern

Anderson University - Director of Instrumental Music Activities
Anderson, South Carolina

Gary Malvern - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:37

Jeff Purtle has raised consciousness about the trumpet and its pedagogy throught the upstate. He is a fine player and an excellent communicator. He offered a masterclass at Furman University on the playing principals of Claude Gordon--it was well-received and all the students were impressed with Jeff as a player and teacher. Jeff has made a significant contributon to trumpet playing and teaching in this state. Personable and engaging, Jeff has really envigorated the musical scene in Greenville--there are few brass players in the state who aren't aware of his influence on the craft.

Gary Malvern - trumpet
Dr. Gary Malvern

Furman University - Trumpet Professor
South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities - Trumpet Instructor
Principal Trumpet of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Greenville, South Carolina

Brett Loretz - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:31

After 30 years of playing the trumpet, including several years of study at a very fine Conservatorium in my youth, and even having managed to make bit of a living out of performing during different periods in my life, I was never able to fully realize my aspirations as a trumpet player. Limitations in range, endurance, articulation and speed seemed insurmountable, even with extended periods of arduous practice.

Brett Loretz - trumpet
Brett Loretz

Queensland, Australia

Jeff Ward - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:22

Before lessons with Jeff, my practice was pretty random at best and I found that I wouldn't improve much from week to week. With the systematic approach and fundamentals focused practice, I find myself looking forward to practice each day and seeing improvements daily. Not only that, but I feel good at the start and end of practice. It used to be that I would be worn down by the end of practice where it would even affect the next day. The routines really reinforce each other and create a solid foundation including endurance and range.

Jeff Ward - trumpet
Jeff Ward

Washington, DC

Mike Hottinger - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:11

Jeff Purtle’s live video lessons are empowering my trumpet comeback. His easy-to-use internet technology provides a real-time, personalized session for me each week, no matter where I travel. Jeff’s proven methodology and relaxed coaching style have reignited my passion after a 35 year layoff. Thanks to Purtle.com, an ‘ole dog’ can still enjoy learning many new tricks!

Mike Hottinger - trumpet
Mike Hottinger

Great Oaks Capital Partners, LLC
Franklin, Tennessee

Shawn Hines - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:07

As a busy player, I have always struggled to fit in the time to get coaching on a regular basis (especially on the road).

Jeff Purtle’s online lessons have solved that problem for me. But that’s not all. Jeff is knowledgeable and reliable in sharing the practice and playing method he learned from Claude Gordon.

In the 8 months I have studied with Jeff online, his methods have been key to my getting through some very demanding shows with confidence and endurance to spare.

Shawn Hines - trumpet
Shawn Hines


Boston, Massachusetts

Joe Herlong - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:24

"It's great that Jeff is passing on the wealth of knowledge from Claude Gordon. I attended some of Claude's camps in the early 80's and am currently studying with Jeff. All I can say is about this method is that if you apply yourself and do the work, every aspect of your playing will improve and become easy. It WORKS!!!"

Joe Herlong

Music Teacher
Rock HIll, South Carolina