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 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!!

Win A Free Trumpet Lesson! (2015 Edition)

Similar to around this time last year, I have a contest running on my Facebook page, at the moment, as I work to increase the ‘fan following’ over there. The lucky winner will receive a free 1 Hour Trumpet Lesson. This lesson can take place in person, should the winner be located here in New York City (or in a city around the world that I currently have plans to visit, in the next little while), or Online via Skype.

It’s easy to enter. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. “Like” the Bryan Davis Facebook Page.
  2. Comment on the announcement post about the contest (embedded below), and say why you’re interested in the lesson.

The winner will be picked, at random, from people who have “liked” both the page and commented on the post, when the total Page Likes hit 5000. (At time of writing, that total is currently 4925 likes.)

Please share this post, or the Facebook Announcement post, with anybody you think may be interested in this contest. Best of luck!!

Update (May 16): We now have 5000+ Page Likes. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm EDT. Any entries made before that time will be eligible to win!

Update #2 (May 17): We have a winner. Congratulations to Elliot Connors.

Online Lesson Request Form Back Online – Includes Gift Options

When I revamped and relaunched the website, earlier in the year, there were a few things still to be finished before they could be added to the new version. Chief among these was the Online Lesson Request Form, which has just been re-added to the now-updated Teaching page. The new version of the form has an extra feature: the facility to purchase Trumpet Lesson time as a gift; added just in time for the Holidays!!

In addition to being able to request Online Lessons, Prepay for a lesson or a block of lessons, and send a message with a question; you can now buy a block of lesson time and receive a personalized PDF Gift Voucher, by return email. The perfect gift for the Trumpet Player in your life!

Also, it is worth mentioning that, after a price freeze since 2010, my teaching rates will be increasing on January 1st, 2015. All the more reason to prepay a block of lessons now! Lock in the lower price while you have the chance!

Happy Holidays!

– Bryan