Vizzutti Perfect 4th – Studies and Etudes: Book Review

For decades, legendary virtuosos trumpeter, composer and teacher Allen Vizzutti has written method books, chamber ensemble pieces and solo repertoire for woodwind and brass instruments. His career as a performer is unparalleled and is something you should experience in person.

Vizzutti’s book “Perfect 4th: Studies and Etudes” is a thorough look into the many interesting and innovative ways to practice this interval. The exercises can pose challenging hurtles for all levels of player, depending on variations in articulation and tempo. However, like the Clark’s Technical  Studies and Vizzutti’s Technical Studies, the exercises in this book take on a life of their own when memorized. Additionally, the exercises sit well on the piccolo trumpet for players who are looking for another set of studies to add to their routine.

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For more information about Allen Vizzutti and his method books, visit his website http://www.vizzutti.com/merch.html

Old Things

Recently I took my computer to a repair shop where I was told that there wasn’t much that could be done to salvage the machine. Normally this wouldn’t bug me, except I realized it was the computer hard-drive that had all the family photos and videos. I have most of this stuff backed up on an external device, however that machine was a big part of how we shared our new family member with the rest of the world.

My kid and I watched out first cartoons on that computer. My wife and I ordered our kids birthday presents and planned parties with that machine. We skyped and facetimed with my parents and my kid met cousins for the first time. My wife created fantastic picture book with photos of our adventure with our kid. The list goes on…

Like most things you grow out of, you move on to the next thing and keep the parts that represent good memories.

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