Trumpet Lessons By Kurt Thompson
January 5, 2017 @ 3:15 AM First things first: Maynard was and still is my Trumpet Idol! Many can hear the essence of Maynard in my own playing style! That said, Maynard was not PERFECT nor was he an ANGEL! Time after time year after year, I receive negative feedback, comments, emails, etc from people saying I am too cocky, confrontational, flamboyant, self absorbed, arrogant and that I should strive to be more like Maynard Ferguson. These idiots don't KNOW the real Maynard Ferguson. They only know and consider Maynard Ferguson from age 60 until his death and YES, he was gentle, giving, kind and not very competitive during this last decade and a half. BUT FOLKS!!!! At age 30, 40, 50 Maynard was a hard core partier, ......

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November 25, 2016 @ 11:12 PM

9-10 years ago, I had accumulated approximately 35-40 powerful and potent range building techniques. 3/4 of which were my own proprietary techniques...the rest of the techniques were my version of mainstream routines and techniques i.e. Gordon, Caruso, Stevens, Adam, etc...
THE GOOD/THE BAD: Back then, I would teach all 35 techniques in a 2-3 hour afternoon or evening mega lesson. I charged $275.
Although the techniques are awesome and were awesome then, not everybody was getting amazing results. It was hit or miss so some students followed up with me weeks later not too happy or some...even playing worse.
I was sooooo frustrated because these ...

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November 25, 2016 @ 11:07 PM


 This is my FIRST ever Online Promotion on YouTube! Circa 2007. YouTube had only been in existence for 2 years at that time! WOW!
I was playing on my Burbank Donald Benge 5* .460 Trumpet along with my original Neill Sanders 17S mouthpiece..
Trivia: I had spoken to Don many times on the phone and got a lot of history about him and his Dad, Elden Benge.
Can you believe Don's final process was to harden and bake the lacquer on his Burbank trumpets upstairs in his wife's oven?
...Resulting in several close calls and threats of divorce by his wife.....
Can you believe Don put his HOME ADDRESS on every Burbank Trumpet at the time? 
It defintely was on mine!
Donald Benge passed away ...

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November 20, 2016 @ 6:55 PM

 Master the upper register of your instrument with Kurt Thompson!
This tutorial is for all brass instruments:
Can you slur a technical passage at the very highest part of your range?
Can you tongue a technical passage at the very highest part of your range?
Can you execute INTERVALS at the highest part of your range?
If so? You OWN the high register of your instrument bar none!

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November 20, 2016 @ 6:50 PM

 Pt. 1 Trumpet Exercise To Practice ROLL IN/ ROLL OUT without Your Horn! by: Kurt Thompson
This technique may also be beneficial to other brass players too like Tuba, French Horn, Trombone, and Baritone Euphonium players.


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August 21, 2016 @ 10:05 PM

3 tips to help you get your first PEDAL C on TRUMPET!
The PEDAL C on trumpet really is an infamous note! Most trumpet players will swear that note is not even ON the trumpet and not playable.
Others will give up and say...WHO CARES?
Get the PEDAL C sounding loud and resonant and I promise good things will happen to your playing and your high range will EXPAND!

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August 21, 2016 @ 9:48 PM

One Trumpet EXERCISE if you just got BRACES and You Want To Play High Again!
Let's face it: For many trumpet students that get braces...LET THE PAIN BEGIN!!! But, it really doesn't have to be this way. Kurt Thompson, Master Trumpet Teacher and Player shows you a Trumpet exercise, technique that can get you back to normal and maybe, even get you to playing BETTER than before you got braces!
Hey, You just get braces on?  And now your're a freshman in the marching band or maybe ...

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August 21, 2016 @ 9:45 PM

 3 Stages Of Compression for ANY Brass Player including TRUMPET by Kurt Thompson
If you lack range or endurance or....BOTH??? Something in the sequence of COMPRESSING THE AIR may likely be out of whack!
All 3 Stages of AIR Compression must be firing the way a Lamborghini engine hums or a big problem!
What are the trumpet exercises, notes, and tips????

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July 7, 2016 @ 6:08 AM

Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies....and MORE!

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July 7, 2016 @ 6:04 AM

Jaco Pastorius The BEST Bass Player In The World


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