To my students…

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If you feel you need to play the trumpet, then you must. Don’t worry about a career, or success, or failure. The musicians who are most fulfilled never stop working at their craft. There is no finish line, so don’t compare yourself to others’ talent, situations, and perceived circumstances; work on what you know YOU […]


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Students of JC have continued their musical instruction in their acceptance to the following institutions. IU Jacobs School of Music Denison University Otterbein University University of Michigan School of Music UC College Conservatory of Music

Rules for Trumpet Diatonics ©

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  Rules Play what you hear perfectly. Always play by ear. Perform; do not practice. Tonality is gravity; it forms all technique. Have a goal; Make a plan. Perform “practice cell” without stopping. Express a meter; not a tempo. Rest as much as you play. Express music on every repetition. To repeat is not to […]

Distinct Solutions

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It is no part of Trumpet Diatonics © that instruction should be indiscriminately accepted where there is no evidence. Reason, evidence, and certainty belong together. Logical instruction with distinct solutions offer Trumpet Diatonics © students the opportunity to concise and unmistakable improvement.

Courageous Skill Building

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Trumpet Diatonics © builds skill. Learning a new skill requires courage, a persistent determination in a defined goal. Courage requires consistent discipline, inspired curiosity, knowledgable creativity, and unwavering faith in your abilities. Courage is exciting because it attests to a hope in an unknown. Skill is acquired through repetition. Courageous repetitions manifest exponential growth, realize […]

Stimuli Motivate

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Stimuli motivate. Singing, buzzing, tonguing, hearing, high, blowing, seeing, fingering, sitting, slurring, familiar, standing, bending, tone, walking, pedals, swing, loud, listening, memory, soft, fast, straight, unknown, color, low, stretching, slow, emotions, breathing, dancing… our unique motivations inspire us to develop and change. Where the constants of improvement are balanced, content, repetitions; Trumpet Diatonics © cultivates […]

A Lifetime of Great Art

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Trumpet playing should Always FEEL Good. ALWAYS! Performing Trumpet Diatonics © will make you happy. It is gratifying for me to help musicians grow in their art, regardless of their experience, talent or abilities. I hope to cultivate a desire within each student to recognize beauty in art, within themselves and in the world around […]

Artistic Expression

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All artistic expression is theme and variation. The governing theme in the art of music is diatonicism. Great musicians continually renew tonal possibilities. All repertoire composed and/or arranged by the author contained within Trumpet Diatonics © has been selected to experience the freedom of renewal, and create through tonal literacy.

The Objective

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The objective of Trumpet Diatonics ©  is to acquire technique within the art form’s principles of melody, harmony, and rhythm as defined by the natural laws of tonality. In daily practice, buzz control, air control, flexibility, finger dexterity, and articulation are mastered through these stringent, notwithstanding pleasing studies in tonality.