Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/29/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Hang Time with Allen Vizzutti:

This past weekend Allen Vizzutti was the guest artist for the closing of the Temple Jazz Festival.  On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be able to pick up Allen and take him to the airport, making a stop for lunch and some other sites in Austin before getting him to his flight.

He was pretty much the embodiment of what a pro musician is – a really great guy, no ego, and just a scary great player!  He was also very willing to share his thoughts on trumpet playing in general.  So this weeks tip is from Allen via my questions…

Allen attributes his success largely to great teachers in his early playing days – his Dad primarily.  He said that his teachers were great motivators.  He didn’t have the all too common teachers that “beat” a player into submission.  Rather, they were positive and very supportive.  If you haven’t had the pleasure to see Allen in a clinic live – please check him out.  He interacts with the audience and draws you in!  He ALSO – disagrees with larger mouthpiece’s and says that he applauds those that venture to try something outside the “typical” mouthpiece choice.

Tip #2 – Allen and Temple Jazz Orchestra in Action:

I thought this second tip this week would be great just to see Allen in action… great motivation!



“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

Ella Fitzgerald
1917-1996, Jazz Singer

Have a GREAT Week!