113 episodes

Your chance to hang with some of the gurus of trumpet performance, education, repair, and manufacturing. Real people. Real talk. Real fun. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and join in on the hang.

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The Trumpet Gurus Hang Jose Johnson

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Your chance to hang with some of the gurus of trumpet performance, education, repair, and manufacturing. Real people. Real talk. Real fun. So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and join in on the hang.

New episodes drop every Tuesday! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thetrumpetgurus/support

    Episode 112: Hanging With Paul Merkelo

    Episode 112: Hanging With Paul Merkelo

    My guest for this episode is Paul Merkelo.   

    Paul is a multi-tasker. In addition to his duties as the Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Paul is also a highly sought-after soloist. He has traveled the world performing both old and new works and recently completed his fifth solo recording project. And in his spare time, Paul is on the faculty of two universities - McGill University in Montreal and The Music Academy of The West in Santa Barbara. All in a day's work.   

    Check out what Paul has to say about the truth about Joey Tartell, Illinois vs Montreal, the viability of a career as an orchestral trumpet player, full-time gigs vs freelancing, balancing the demands as a principal player and a soloist, managing your practice, mixing things up, making a statement with your playing, transcending technique, honoring the work, keeping things fresh and challenging, the role of the ego, and so much more.  

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! 

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    For all things Paul, including ordering his newest recording of trumpet concertos by Arutionian, Shostakovich, and Weinberg, go to: http://www.paulmerkelotrumpet.com/

    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets 

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    00:00:00:00 Intro 

    00:02:10:20 The truth about Joey Tartell 

    00:04:13:02 Illinois vs Montreal 

    00:07:17:20 The viability of a career as an orchestral trumpet player 

    00:12:44:22 Full-time gigs vs freelancing 

    00:16:08:03 Balancing the demands as a principal player and a soloist 

    00:22:11:13 Managing your practice 

    00:29:30:16 Mixing things up 

    00:35:36:07 Making a statement with your playing 

    00:47:20:21 Transcending technique 

    00:57:51:20 Honoring the work 

    01:06:29:20 Keeping things fresh and challenging 

    01:10:31:08 The role of the ego 

    01:15:06:20 Sound Off 

    01:20:12:11 Rapid Fire Round


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 111: Hanging With Jeff Purtle

    Episode 111: Hanging With Jeff Purtle

    My guest for this episode is Jeff Purtle.

    Jeff is a systematic kind of guy. As a student of the legendary Claude Gordon, Jeff was taught more than just how to play the trumpet. Jeff absorbed Claude’s passion for teaching and his knack for helping students develop a systematic approach to daily practice. Jeff is thoughtful, insightful, and a lifelong learner. And he is always willing to help others find a better way.

    Check out what Jeff has to say about creating digital content, how he began studying with Claude Gordon, Claude Gordon's teaching style, his big takeaways from his time with Claude Gordon, the benefits and pitfalls of teaching trumpet online, adjusting teaching styles, the most important things to practice, important method books, newer and lesser known method books, keeping up a personal practice routine, and so much more.

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!

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    Want to know more about Jeff? Check out his website: https://www.purtle.com/

    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets

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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:05:00 Creating digital content

    00:08:21 How he began studying with Claude Gordon

    00:17:30 Claude Gordon's teaching style

    00:24:42 His big takeaways from his time with Claude Gordon

    00:30:11 The benefits and pitfalls of teaching trumpet online

    00:41:08 Adjusting teaching styles

    00:48:00 The most important things to practice

    00:52:03 Important method books

    00:54:55 Newer and lesser known method books

    01:03:23 Keeping up a personal practice routine

    01:09:12 Sound Off

    01:14:15 Geared Up

    01:18:38 Rapid Fire Round


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 110: Chop Problems

    Episode 110: Chop Problems

    Chop problems. Just hearing those words sends shivers down the spine of amateur and professional trumpet players alike.  

    The thought of not being able to play the trumpet is something that creeps around in the deepest and darkest parts of our brains.  

    Most of the time, it is an irrational fear. But sometimes, the fear becomes very real.  

    The question is, is it possible to come back from chop problems?  

    Sometimes the answer is no.  But often, the answer could be yes, but only if you know where to look for help.  

    This special compilation episode of The Trumpet Gurus Hang features six of my past guests who have not only overcome chop problems but have turned their temporary setbacks into a setup for greater success.  

    Check out Bryan Davis on the process of recovering from overuse and playing the hard way, Mike Sailors on reviving broken down chops due to improper technique, Kenny Robinson on his method of dealing with cold sores, Craig Kenney on recovering from Bell's Palsy, Rich Willey on the importance of having the right mental attitude, and Brad Goode on recovering from traumatic injury.  

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! 

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    Find out more about Bryan Davis at: https://bryandav.is/

    Connect with Mike Sailors at: https://www.mikesailors.com/

    Check out Ken Robinson at: https://www.kgrmusic.com/

    Connect with Craig Kenney at: https://www.facebook.com/craig.kenney.5

    Find Rich Willey at: https://www.boptism.com/

    Learn more about Brad Goode at: https://www.bradgoode.com

    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets 

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    00:00:00 Intro 

    00:01:00 Bryan Davis on recovering from overuse and playing the hard way 

    00:14:51 Mike Sailors on broken down chops due to improper technique 

    00:23:43 Kenny Robinson on dealing with cold sores 

    00:30:34 Craig Kenney on recovering from Bell's Palsy 

    00:41:17 Rich Willey on the importance of having the right mental attitude 

    00:50:52 Brad Goode on recovering from traumatic injury 

    01:04:50 Wrap up


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 109: Hanging With Adam MacBlane

    Episode 109: Hanging With Adam MacBlane

    My guest for this episode is Adam MacBlane.  

    Adam is all about finding the right tool for the job. After receiving his Master of Music in Instrumental Performance degree, Adam shifted his focus from being behind the bell to the manufacturing and marketing side of the trumpet world. His deep dive into the art and science of trumpet design gave Adam a unique perspective that he uses in his company, Niche Trumpet, to help players find the right horn for their specific needs.  

    Check out what Adam has to say about the origin of Tommy The High Note Police, his start with P Mauriat, retail vs. manufacturing, fitting a player to the right horn, becoming a gear geek, manufacturing mentors, the evolution of Carol Brass, designing the new Michael Williams model trumpet, the impact of bell material on sound, his personal preference for horns, the advantage of a smaller mouthpiece, rim size and backbones, the advantage of keeping it simple, quieting the noise, why everyone should learn how to improvise, and so much more.  

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! 

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    Let Adam help you find your next horn: https://nichetrumpet.com/ 

    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ 

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ 

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets 

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    00:00:00 Intro 

    00:02:57 The origin of Tommy The High Note Police 

    00:04:31 His start with P Mauriat 

    00:06:28 Retail vs. manufacturing 

    00:11:33 Fitting a player to the right horn 

    00:14:40 Becoming a gear geek 

    00:16:46 Manufacturing mentors 

    00:19:38 The evolution of Carol Brass 

    00:25:22 Designing the new Michael Williams model trumpet 

    00:31:30 The impact of bell material on sound 

    00:33:25 His personal preference for horns 

    00:40:40 The advantage of a smaller mouthpiece 

    00:44:39: Rim size and backbones 

    00:46:41 The advantage of keeping it simple 

    00:49:31 Quieting the noise 

    00:53:26 Why everyone should learn how to improvise 

    00:54:58 Sound Off 

    00:57:14 Geared Up 

    01:00:25 Rapid Fire Round


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 108: Hanging With Nathaniel Williford

    Episode 108: Hanging With Nathaniel Williford

    My guest for this episode is Nathaniel Williford.

    Nathaniel is an old soul. At the ripe old age of 17, Nathaniel has already begun to make an impression on the trumpet world. Nathaniel’s beautiful sound, improvisational skills, and command of the trumpet’s upper register have earned him numerous awards and accolades. But what has caught the attention of many of the top names in the business is not Nathaniel’s chops; it’s his humility, sincerity, maturity, and dedication to his craft.

    Check out what Nathaniel has to say about his relationship with Dan Miller, why the hang is so important, mentoring and motivation, the need for versatility, the difference between playing and practicing, being in love with the trumpet, staying motivated, winning the Essentially Ellington Competition, keeping the music first, future plans, remote recording, his ideal career, beginning his musical journey, balancing music and life, having respect for all kinds of music, social media, working on his writing chops, and so much more!

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin!

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    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets

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    00:00:00 Intro

    00:03:16 His relationship with Dan Miller

    00:06:01 Why the hang is so important

    00:10:46 Mentoring and motivation

    00:15:21 The need for versatility

    00:17:20 The difference between playing and practicing

    00:22:08 Being in love with the trumpet

    00:24:45 Staying motivated

    00:28:54 Winning the Essentially Ellington Competition

    00:35:39 Keeping the music first

    00:37:40 Future plans

    00:43:13 Remote recording

    00:46:30 His ideal career

    00:50:11 Begining his musical journey

    00:56:45 Balancing music and life

    01:00:33 Having respect for all kinds of music

    01:03:56 Social media

    01:07:24 Working on his writing chops

    01:09:17 Sound Off

    01:15:30 Geared Up

    01:23:05 Rapid Fire Round


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 107: Hanging With Jumaane Smith

    Episode 107: Hanging With Jumaane Smith

    My guest for this episode is Jumaane Smith.  Jumaane is kickin’ it old school. As the lead trumpet player for Michael Buble, Jumaane has toured the world playing in sold-out concert halls and packed stadiums. His playing combines the lyricism of the old masters with some modern-day swagger. Jumaane can bring the heat with his horn, or he can make it sweet with his smooth vocals. Because no matter what he does, it’s always about the music.  

    Check out what Jumaane has to say about how it feels to play with Michael Buble, ways to hear yourself onstage, learning to play by feel, his influences, the benefits of singing, the lessons he's learned working with great vocalists, dealing with the haters, his favorite musical setting, gratitude, change, developing as a trumpet player, a melodic approach to lead trumpet playing, the current state of jazz, the impact of Wynton Marsalis, what it takes to become a great player, his approach to practice, why practice should be consistent and efficient, and so much more!  

    So pour yourself a big glass, pull up a chair, and let the hang begin! 

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    Jumaane Smith’s official webpage: https://www.jumaanesmith.com/ 

    Catch Jumaane on tour with Michael Buble: https://www.michaelbuble.com/?frontpage=true 

    Sound like a million bucks without breaking the bank with Barkley Microphones: http://barkleymic.com/ 

    Let Vennture Mouthpieces help you on your search for the perfect mouthpiece. Use the code "TRUMPETGURUS21" to get 10% off your purchase: https://www.vennture.mp/ 

    If you play hard, you need to make sure you show your chops some love with Robinson's Remedies products: bit.ly/ChopLove 

    Let Jose help you master your mental game: bit.ly/MindfulnessSecrets 

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    00:00:00 Intro 

    00:03:01 How it feels to play with Michael Buble 

    00:08:31 Ways to hear yourself onstage 

    00:10:17 Learning to play by feel 

    00:16:38 His influences 

    00:17:48 The benefits of singing 

    00:21:03 The lessons he's learned working with great vocalists 

    00:24:22 Dealing with the haters 

    00:28:52 His favorite musical setting 

    00:30:42 Gratitude 

    00:34:40 Change 

    00:35:52 Developing as a trumpet player 

    00:39:51 A melodic approach to lead trumpet playing 

    00:41:23 The current state of jazz 

    00:48:46 The impact of Wynton Marsalis 

    00:55:02 What it takes to become a great player 

    00:59:22 His approach to practice 

    01:03:13 Why practice should be consistent and efficient 

    01:07:11 Sound Off 

    01:11:10 Geared Up 

    01:18:05 The importance of troubleshooting skills 

    01:19:07 Rapid Fire Round


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    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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18 Ratings

Eric Biondo ,

Love it

Some incredible interviews here. Thanks for making this!

Clark Lovell ,

Loving the hang!

I work an early morning custodial job as a college trumpet student and I love getting to know all of these cats! I have met a few of them personally, but most I have not, and so not only am I growing as a musician with the nuggets of wisdom they bring, but also I feel like I am getting to know person! It's awesome!

Also, José asks for suggestions of people to hang with, Dr Jason Bergman would be a great one. He is the ITG president and just an amazing person. Also, Marcus Printup and Jens Lindemann would be really cool to hear from.

vwshickora27 ,

Such an Amazing Show!

The Trumpet Gurus Hang Podcast is my absolute favorite podcast to listen to. The show is so insightful and full of inspiration, along with fun stories and anecdotes that keep you interested the whole time. “The Hang” brings to light so much more than just music, it also gives you a glimpse into the lives and struggles of each guest.
You learn about life, trumpet tips, and so much about music.
José does an amazing job with this podcast and I can’t wait to hear more!

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