There are certain basic exercises that the trumpet player must learn in order to develop his or her own sound. These include: lip slurs, finger flexibilities, also known as finger patterns, intervals, double and triple tonguing, range, and last, but not least, the use of scales. Once these are under your belt, the possibilities can be endless. With each lesson I include music theory. This way the student understands what he or she is playing. Some books I may use in lessons are Arbans, Clarke Technical Studies, and Jazz Tactics by Chase Sanborn, just to name a few.
I graduated from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA with a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. At UOP I studied under Lenny Ott, and have played with Christian McBride, Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck, and Bobby Watson to name a few. I have also studied under Patrick Langham, director of Jazz Studies, and George Nemeth, director of Brass, both professors from UOP.