Berklee Practice Method: Trumpet

Get Your Band Together

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
  • Format: Book/CD
  • Pages: 176
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-634-00790-4
  • SKU: 50449432
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2002

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This is the first-ever method that teaches you how to play in a rock band.

Learn what all the great musicians seem to know intuitively, how to listen, interact and respond, improvise, and become part of the groove. The book and play-along CD will help improve your timing, technique, and reading ability. Become the great player that everyone wants to have in their band.

Lessons throughout this book guide you through technique that is specific to playing the trumpet in a contemporary ensemble. Learn to play melody, support a soloist, and improvise over chord changes, essential techniques for any trumpeter playing with a band. Daily practice routines are designed for practicing by yourself or with other musicians. eveloped by the faculty of Berklee College of Music, the accompanying CD features outstanding Berklee players and covers a variety of styles including rock, funk, jazz, blues, swing, and bossa nova.

Topics include:

  • Warming up
  • Establishing a practice routine
  • Learning by ear
  • Theory and technique
  • Rhythmic interpretation
  • Improvisation
  • Reading
  • Song form
  • Interpreting lead sheets

This series coordinates methods for many different instruments, and all are based on the same tunes, in the same keys. If you know a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, horn player, etc., have them pick up the Berklee Practice Method for their own instrument, and jam together!

“Teachers are invaluable, practicing by yourself is critical, but performing in a band is the most valuable experience of all. That’s what is so special about this series: it gives you the theory you need, but also prepares you to play in a band. This series will help you master the skills you need to become a creative, expressive, and supportive musician that anyone would want to have in their band.”

Gary Burton, Executive Vice President, Berklee College of Music; author of Learning to Listen


Charles Lewis

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Tiger Okoshi has a diploma from Berklee College of Music, and a B.A. from Kwanseigakuin University in Japan. He is a…