Kurt Thompson’s approach to the trumpet is provocative. Kurt has assembled and
analyzed a compilation of trumpet techniques that will force you to think about
approaching the trumpet in ways that you would not have considered.
Kurt is a kind teacher and does not embarrass or humiliate. If you take his four month
course you will improve and perhaps change the way that you play the instrument. The
trumpet course is a lot of work and if you cannot commit the time and willingness to
work hard you probably should not get involved.
There are over sixty trumpet techniques, some of which you probably either never heard
about or had not considered utilizing the techniques. This forces you out of your
comfort zone and you will struggle, so leave your ego out of the learning experience.
If the goal is to improve than any momentary embarrassment will lead to being able to
play stronger and better. If you are willing to pay that price then you will improve. But do
not expect to master the trumpet after four months of coaching. Finishing the course is
only the start. Now you have to memorize the new habits that you have learned.
Kurt also teaches by example. He will play for you what he is asking you to work on.
This shows you that it can be achieved, although some of the techniques, such as a
four octave glissando might require more time than the four months to perfect the
Kurt advises to not change any equipment or make any changes to your embouchure. I
changed my embouchure to the Stevens/Costello/ Roy Roman “Ultimate Position”
embouchure and Kurt did not put me down or scold. Kurt made me aware of some of
the effects that “upstream” embouchure might have on my playing. Then he tailored
some exercises to enhance the change in embouchure and was quite patient while I
struggled to learn an entirely different approach to playing.
There you have it, a great teacher.
Tony Letizi! July 10, 2012
Sonoma County, California
Well, Kurt you were right this time. At first thought, having a trumpet lesson by phone doesn't seem doable, but once I actually had you on the phone, it was like you were here in my living room......in New York! I just wanted to say thanks and you can make me famous by putting my email up on your site! hahaha. Your 4 month program took my range from a weak double F to a SOLID double A....I can play GIVE IT ONE now!!!!!!!!!!!
Herb Shapiro, White Tie Big Band
Only just two months ago I was lost in how to double tongue much less triple tongue. I have been playing for 7 years now and I am in my Junior year of highschool and I have always struggled with how to go about accomplishing the speed I wanted with a firm tone. Your videos on double and triple tongue practice helped build a base and I have worked on it considerably. I just wanted to say thank you because I can finally play Al Hirt's Green Hornet with a respectable speed and skill. ( now if only i could reach the double G consistently!)