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

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 and Impact.”

Dr. David Cutler

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

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

Steve Watkins - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:02

Jeff, Your tip about tonguing with the tip on the bottom teeth made and incredible difference for me..I wanted to thank you again!!

Steve Watkins - trumpet
Master Sergeant Steve Watkins

Music Director and Trumpet
United States Air Force Band Of The West
Lackland Air Force Base
San Antonio, Texas

Michael Cape - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 18:00

I must say that utilizing the tongue arch has really been of infinite value. I have been way too lip concious all my playing life. Once one learns to use the air and tongue the lip takes less abuse and becomes more elastic. Your advice, Clarke, and Gordon were right on!!!
All the best,

Michael Cape - trumpet
Michael Cape

Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta Symphony

Jim Buckner - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:58

Wow! Your site looks great! I was fascinated to see that you included information on the changes in Clarke's Technical Studies. I have been quite annoyed with the changes, and I had started working on a similar page. I'm just going to link to yours instead!

Dr. Jim Buckner - trumpet
Jim Buckner

Henderson State University - Music Department Chair and Trumpet Professor
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Jonas Butler - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:57

I began studying with Jeff out of desperation.  I was studying jazz trumpet at the master’s level and simply could not perform like I needed to.  Jeff assured me that trumpet playing was not that hard and I must say he turned out to be right. After a few months I began to realize that tongue level and airflow were far more important than embouchure and I began having “good days” regularly.  After a few more months of lessons I began getting compliments from my professors and fellow students saying my playing had really opened up.  I now enjoy playing the trumpet easily everyday.

Jonas Butler - trumpet
Jonas Butler

Graduate Assistant and Masters of Music in Jazz Trumpet
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

Andrew Balent - Testimonial

Submitted by Jeff Purtle on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:44

Jeff Purtle is a very accomplished and dedicated trumpet player.  I have known him for over ten years and highly recommend him as a teacher and performer.

Andrew Balent - composer
Andrew Balent

Sounds Spectacular Band Method Series
Carl Fischer Publications