I have the confidence I’ll eventually get it. It’s something I really had to work on, and still do.
Some of the best musicians in the world spoke with me long and deeply about music practice, including Colin. That information and much more are in my next book, The Practice of Practice. A Kickstarter campaign is LIVE for The Practice of Practice until April 11, 2014. Learn more about the book, and how it’s different from any other practice book, get the best deal, and help bring the book into the world. It’ll be fun. I promise. Watch the short video.
Interview: Colin Oldberg, Principal Trumpet, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Colin Oldberg is an excellent player who has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and earned a spot on the first YouTube Orchestra and has played Carnegie hall twice. He’s also part of a fantastic brass quintet, Axiom Brass. There’s a link to the full length mp3 of the excerpt from the beginning of the show.
The Axiom Brass Quintet is: Colin Oldberg, trumpet; Dorival Puccini, Jr., trumpet; Matthew Oliphant, horn; Kevin Harrison, tuba; Brett Johnson, trombone.
here’s the mp3 of Wapango, one third of Pacquito D’Rivera’s Three Pieces for Brass Quintet, courtesy of Axiom Brass Quintet.
CSO principal Chris Martin said Axiom Brass has …beauty and fullness of tone, precise intonation, virtuosic technique, expressive dynamic range, and stylistic flexibility. Axiom commands a repertoire ranging from Early Music and Renaissance to the most challenging contemporary compositions of today not to mention a fluency in the jazz idiom that puts most ensembles to shame. I have been consistently moved by their interpretations and inspired by their expressive maturity. …It is rare to find an ensemble possessing such artistic qualities also so devoted to education and outreach in its community, but this quintet is such an ensemble. They have performed over 100 educational concerts throughout the Chicago area as well as a summer brass seminar. Education is not just a side project for these men; it is one of their driving forces and a cornerstone of their mission.
Go check out Axiom on YouTube: excerpts of Carmen With Salsa is a good one.
Here they perform the D’Riveria movement Wapango and Puccini explains part of Axiom’s educational mission and community engagement.
You can buy Axiom’s recordings here.
Resources Mentioned in the Podcast:
- Warm-ups and Studies, by James Stamp
- Flow Studies, by Vince Cichowicz (difficult to find, but try here, andhere). What you really-really-really should do is find someone who learned from Mr. Cichowicz and take lessons with him or her until you understand and can play the concepts. A book is a dead thing and little feedback. Find a live teacher.
- Musical Calisthenics for Brass, by Carmine Caruso
- Daily Fundamentals by Michael Sachs
- 100 Studies by Ernst Sachse
- Characteristic Studies for the Cornet by Herbert L. Clarke
- Haydn Concerto for Trumpet (sheet music (Bb version), recordings)
- My review of Outliers
- My review of Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
- Complete Conservatory Method by J.B. Arban (excellent article on himhere)
- Yikes. I both misattributed and misquoted violinist Jascha Heifetz, whose words were: If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.
- Professors Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer teach classical trumpet atNorthwestern University and play trumpet internationally.
- Chris Martin, principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (interview in TimeOut Chicago)
The Usual Resources:
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- Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- Basic Jazz Theory, part 1
Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.
- How do you get signed by playing the trumpet (wiki.answers.com)
- Interview w/ Chad McCullough (talkingtrumpet.wordpress.com)
- The Fruits of Practice Sound Like This: Maurice André (talkingtrumpet.wordpress.com)
- Wadada Leo Smith at Interpretations (avantmusicnews.com)