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.


For more information about Allen Vizzutti and his method books, visit his website

Lyman Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet: Book Review

Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet by Zachary Lyman is a great set of exercises to add to your practice routine. I don’t often get an opportunity to review the work of a friend and colleague, so I take great delight in writing the next set of words.

I use this book often and I use it with my students to supplement their Schlossberg assignments. The first set of buzzing exercises have been particularly wonderful for my beginning trumpet students.  It has been a great addition to my library. If you want a copy of  this book you should look it up at Keveli Music. While there, look up some of their other publications.


Bing Trumpet Method: Book Review

When looking for supplemental material to enhance your practice routines, the internet can easily become an unforgiving maze of information. Recently I discovered The Bing Book for trumpet and all brass instruments by William Bing, and am very glad I did.

After looking through Mr. Bing’s website, I came across a free PDF of his book. I clicked the link then found myself running to my trumpet to play some of his exercises. He’s put together well crafted routines with variations for all levels of brass musicians

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Trumpet Method Book Review: Verzari

Many trumpeters go to a music store and thumb through books on shelves hoping to find something cool and interesting.  This is one of those instances for me. Sometime between 2005 and 2007 I came across a trumpet method book by Sandro Verzari using this very strategy of discovery. The “Exercises on the emission of fundamental and harmonic tones of the trumpet”, (which happens to be the true title of this book) is a great book for those of us who find benefit in playing pedal tones. With more than 50 exercises, there’s plenty of variety to work with in this method book.

I grew up playing fundamental tones (pedal tones) out of James Stamp’s book “Warm-Ups and Studies”, so really appreciate having another good book to use. I totally recommend checking out Verzari’s book if you are looking for some more material to help lend some variety to your daily practice. And, if you don’t have a copy of James Stamp’s book, you should check that out too.

Happy hunting…

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Schlossberg Routine

This is a routine Chris Gekker put together using exercises from Max Schlossberg’s  Daily Drills and Technical Studies.  The routine is broken into three sections (A,B and C) to help give players a variety of options.

Chris Gekker’s, “Schlossberg Routine”

Pick a routine a day

Routine “A”

  1. pg. 3, # 9 quarter note =40
  2. pg. 4, # 17 half note =60
  3. pg. 6, # 25 quarter note =96 to 120 (tongued)
  4. pg. 8, # 32 quarter note =60
  5. pg. 23, # 72 quarter note =80
  6. pg. 44, # 116 quarter note =96
  7. pg. 44, # 117 quarter note =96

Routine “B”

  1. pg. 3, # 10 quarter note =40
  2. pg. 5, # 18 quarter note =80
  3. pg. 8, # 30 quarter note =60
  4. pg. 19-20, # 63 eighth note =120 (tongued or slurred)
  5. pg. 24, # 76 quarter note =60
  6. pg. 31, # 93 quarter note =80 (tongued or slurred)
  7. pg. 44, # 118 quarter note =96

Routine “C”

  1. pg. 3, # 13 quarter note =40
  2. pg. 5, # 20 half note =60
  3. pg. 20, # 64 quarter note =60
  4. pg. 25, # 78 eighth note =96
  5. pg. 35, # 99 quarter note =80
  6. pg. 36, # 100 quarter note =80
  7. pg. 45, # 119 quarter note =96