August 9, 2017 – Bryan’s Brass Player Surgery

Following some rescheduling of students, this morning, I find that tomorrow – Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – is, unusually, a completely free day with no lessons booked! Since this is, happily, a fairly rare occurrence for a weekday I thought I’d offer up the time for a “Brass Player Surgery“.

Here’s how it works:
I’ll be keeping Office Hours of 10:00AM to 6:00PM EDT. Rather than my usual “first lesson” slot of 2 hours, I’m offering the chance for anyone, whether they’ve taken a lesson with me or not, to book a lesson of as short as half an hour. (You can also book a longer lesson if you wish, in half hour increments.) These lessons can be conducted either in person at my home studio up here in Upper Manhattan, or on Skype. This is strictly on a first come, first served basis and open not only to Trumpet Players but to any Brass Instrumentalist. We can work on any technical or musical aspect of playing that you choose. I also have a small stock of my “Combination Drills” books, in both Treble & Bass Clef versions of both Volumes 1 & 2, available for purchase.

Pricing: $40 (USD) per half hour, $75 per hour. (90 mins – $115; 2 hours – $150 etc)

To set up a time, please visit my Contact Page and send me a message via the Contact Form, or if you’re reading this on Facebook you can send me a PM there.

For Skype lessons, payment must be made before the lesson. Please provide your Skype username in your message and then visit https://www.paypal.me/BryanDavisMusic to make your payment.

For In-Person Lessons, payment can be made at the lesson by Cash or Venmo, or you can use the PayPal link above. I’m located at W147th St & St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan, directly off the A, B, C & D subway trains. The precise address will be provided in by email.

Remember: this is first come, first served! Get booking and I’ll hope to speak to you tomorrow!

(If you wish to book for another day, we can do that too. However, standard details as found on the Teaching Page will apply.)

“Combination Drills. Volume 2” Now Available!

Following the release of “Combination Drills: Developed Scales in Odd Meters”, earlier in the year, I’m proud to announce that Volume 2 has just been published and is now available. Visit the Airflow Music Online Store to order your copy today!

“Combination Drills” is a collection of Developed Scale Exercises I originally wrote to familiarize myself with Odd/Asymmetric Meters I was struggling to sightread. Volume 1 had the patterns in 5/8 and 7/8, exploring the various rhythmic divisions in those meters. This 2nd Volume extends the patterns into 9/8 (expressed as an asymmetric 4 beats per bar, as well as the common compound 3) and 11/8 (expressed as both 4 and 5 asymmetric bears per bar!).

In addition, if practiced according to the enclosed instructions, they will work out a Combination of technical and musical skills, including:

  • Scales (fully notated Major, “Jazz” Minor, Harmonic Minor, Whole Tone and Diminished versions in all 12 keys)
  • Finger/Slide technique.
  • Slurring.
  • Tonguing – particularly developing a gentle single-tongue approach which rides the airstream throughout long phrases and across different registers.
  • Unifying the airflow approach between slurring and tonguing.
  • Connecting low and high registers.
  • Stabilizing the embouchure throughout register changes.
  • Developing breath support throughout long phrases and register changes.
  • Use of Breath Accents, both while slurring and tonguing.

The 1st Volume has been extremely well received by brass players all over the world. I hope that Volume 2 will garner similar praise!

Visit AirflowMusic.com to get your immediate PDF download today. The Airflow Music product pages also contain links to purchase printed books from Amazon.com and it’s regional variants around the world. (At the time of this post, printed copies of Volume 1 are available from almost all Amazon sites worldwide. However, Volume 2 is still filtering through the network, so we’ll be updating the Amazon links as they become available over the next week or two.)

Announcing “Combination Drills, Volume 1” by Bryan Davis

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “Combination Drills” in which I postulated collating a series of exercises to work on multiple areas of technique at once, in order to get better value from our practice time. Today, the book is out!

Both the Trumpet (i.e. treble clef) & Trombone (i.e. bass clef)  eBooks of “Combination Drills, Vol. 1” are now available from the new Airflow Music Online Store.

“Combination Drills” is a collection of Developed Scale Exercises I originally wrote to familiarize myself with Odd/Asymmetric Meters I was struggling to sightread. Volume 1 has the patterns in 5/8 and 7/8, exploring the various rhythmic divisions in those meters; e.g. 5/8 is often felt in an asymmetric 2, with ‘big’ beats of different lengths.

In addition, if practiced according to the enclosed instructions, they will work out a Combination of technical and musical skills, including:

  • Scales (fully notated Major, “Jazz” Minor, Harmonic Minor, Whole Tone and Diminished versions in all 12 keys)
  • Finger/Slide technique.
  • Slurring.
  • Tonguing – particularly developing a gentle single-tongue approach which rides the airstream throughout long phrases and across different registers.
  • Unifying the airflow approach between slurring and tonguing.
  • Connecting low and high registers.
  • Stabilizing the embouchure throughout register changes.
  • Developing breath support throughout long phrases and register changes.
  • Use of Breath Accents, both while slurring and tonguing.

They’ve been so beneficial for me and many of my students, I wanted to make them more widely available. It’s been a trip setting up a publishing company and preparing an entire book. I hope you’ll think it was a worthwhile endeavour!

Visit AirflowMusic.com to get your immediate PDF download today!

(For those who prefer printed books, those will be available via Amazon in the next week or so. Announcement post to follow!)

Last Minute Lesson Opportunities in Eisenach, Germany, this weekend. 

I’m writing this at JFK, about to board my flight to Frankfurt, to join Otto Sauter & Ten of the Best for this weekend’s concerts at the Wartburg Castle, up the hill from Eisenach. Now that I have the full schedule for the next few days, I see that I have the chance to offer some trumpet lesson slots. There are 2 possible times:

Update: due to demand, I’m adding an extra slot on Saturday. Updated availability is:

  • Friday, Nov 25 – between 10:30 and 15:00
  • Saturday, Nov 26 – 15:00-17:00.
  • Sunday, Nov 27 – between 11:30 and 13:30 

That means there are potentially 2 slots on Friday and 1 on Sunday. Please check the details on my Teaching Page and, if this is of interest, please file the Online Lesson Request Form on that page.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to meet you in Eisenach this weekend!

Update #2: Many thanks to those who booked so quickly. Don’t forget you can book Skype lessons at any time – I have open slots most weeks, when I’m home in NYC.

Lesson Opportunities in Germany and Japan!

Looking forward to heading out on tour with Otto Sauter & Ten of the Best, this week. Now we have the (almost) full schedule, I wanted to let you know about some possibilities for arranging a Trumpet Lesson, while I’m visiting Germany and Japan, between November 26 and December 12, 2015. These dates are coming up quickly, so please get in touch as soon as possible to secure your spot.

  • On Thursday, November 26 I have a free morning in Leipzig, Germany. There is time for trumpet lessons between 09:00 and 13:00 that morning, prior to my rehearsal in the afternoon/evening.
  • On Saturday, November 28 it would be possible to organise a lesson or two in the morning in Leipzig, or in the afternoon in Eisenach, Germany, prior to the evening soundcheck/concert at the Wartburg.
  • On Sunday, November 29, I have time between 10:00 and 16:00, in Eisenach.
  • On Wednesday, December 2 there should be some time during the day, prior to our concert in Sapporo, Japan.
  • On Friday, December 4 there may be some time during the day in Nagoya, Japan – our final schedule is yet to be determined.
  • On Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 we have free days in Tokyo, Japan. I will be available to teach both of these days – it would be possible to fit in as many as five 2 hour lessons on each of these days.

If you are interested in organising a lesson on any of these days, please check the details on my Teaching Page, and Contact Me to set it up.

Lesson prices are:

  • Germany – €75 per hour
  • Japan – 10,000 Yen per hour

Please note: Trumpet Lessons are conducted in English. I speak some German, but German students should be prepared to speak in English. For my Japanese students, I am sorry to say that I speak almost no Japanese. It would be acceptable for you to bring a translator, if necessary.

The lesson venue, for all of these days, will need to be organized by the student(s). I am not comfortable conducting lessons in my hotel room, since we can’t play without a practice mute.

I am happy to meet with Trumpet players of all levels and musical styles. I can show you an easier and more efficient way to play, regardless of your skill level. It does NOT have to hurt, to play the trumpet!!