Happy 2013

Written on Wednesday January 30, 2013 by Adrian Smith

Happy 2013!

Yes, I know I haven't blogged for a while... I had a good holiday with family and friends; lots of food, drink and rest from the trumpet.

Both my students and myself are back in the swing of things. One of my students did an amazing job at his Honour Band auditions and made Principle Trumpet (First Chair, First Trumpet) which means he's in charge of the whole trumpet section and also usually means he will get the solos and all the high parts.

Clips On Developing Strength And Range For The Trumpet Player

Written on Wednesday October 31, 2012 by Adrian Smith

As a trumpet player and trumpet teacher it's a constant struggle keeping all the muscles needed to play the trumpet in shape for both myself and my students.  I've found a handful of links which deal with developing these muscles and information on why and how to improve ones endurance and range.  It's all about efficiency, the more effecient we are... the easier and better we will sound which leads to more enjoyment for all!  :D

Jazz Trumpet Styles

Written on Sunday September 30, 2012 by Adrian Smith

This Blog is for anyone that likes Jazz Trumpet…

One of my Students asked me "what were the different styles of Jazz?"  I did explain the main genres of the Jazz idiom and thought I'd post a link of a few different tracks from YouTube in each genre:

Blog September 13th 2012

Written on Wednesday September 12, 2012 by Adrian Smith

Welcome to my new Blog page!  I have decided to write a blog to let people know what I'm up to musically as well having a place for my students to have a central place for information and links to help with their musical development along-side my teaching.

I am currently updating my website and have a new project on the go called "North Shore Jazz Collective".  It's a jazz quartet which will be playing a short performance at select local high schools.  Our aim is to educate students on how to play in a group setting and possibly inspire some to take lessons.  A North Shore Jazz Collective live performance will include a song introduction explaining the history, style, tempo and instrument it may showcase in each piece.