Play the Melody

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Whilst sitting in the trumpet section of a symphonic wind band last summer, I realized that not a single player...

Multi-Part Mouthpieces

Saturday, June 10, 2017

On trumpet forums I often see discussions about one piece bells vs two piece bells. Manufacturers often make...

Teaching Recreational Players

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

As teachers of recreational musicians we need to be aware of their needs. There is considerable difference between...

Homogenization and Quantification of Music

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I played in a concert recently where the concerto offering was a very difficult, technically challenging piece....

Exposing Wear - Don't Shoot the Messenger

Saturday, January 21, 2017

In 1965 I bought my first car; a 1936 Ford Model C, 10 HP. Yes it was 30 years old and had done about 80,000...

A Question about C trumpet Conversions

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A recent question:

Will you convert my Olds Ambassador to a C trumpet, and replace the bell with a...

Ivan's Waiata

This collection of Waiata (Maori for "song") entries, based on my philosophy, is aimed towards the advancement of music making in general, and trumpet playing in particular. Several have been written as a direct result of readers’ questions.


Seventy five or so previous posts have been collected and published by The Recreational Musician in the book My Friend the Trumpet available on this website.


It is organic; changing all the time. I invite you to check back often, or follow us on Facebook.

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