Griffin, Adrian Buzz to Brilliance

Trumpet Textbooks

  • Griffin, Adrian

    Buzz to Brilliance

    A Beginning and Intermediate Guide to Trumpet Playing, Buzz to Brilliance engages students personally, technically and musically as they begin their study on the trumpet. The book journeys with students from the moment they first open their trumpet case to years later as they prepare for college auditions. It abounds with technical information and practical tips including buying a new trumpet, mouthpiece selection, adjusting to braces, and marching band. Chapters on practice skills, sight-reading, and performing are a must-read for any musician, while special features give students a window into diverse worlds, from the workbench of a master repairman to the French horn studio of a master teacher. Drawings, diagrams and pictures invite students into each page, making even advanced technical concepts easy to understand. Following the written portion of the book, a comprehensive set of scales and technique-building exercises address topics including breathing, high range, pedal tones, lip slurs, accuracy, articulation, and pedal tones. With practice schedules, mouthpiece comparison chart, pitch tendencies and more, this book is a treasure for any trumpet player. Buzz to Brillianceis the perfect companion for any beginning method book, and the first text on the market that provides a comprehensive set of essential studies selected specifically for beginning and intermediate players.


    • Uses clear, conversational language, short chapters, and engaging special features, accessible to a middle-school audience
    • Is first available book to offer a complete set of essential musical exercises designed for beginners, including clear, complete instructions
    • Covers essential, seldom-discussed topics such as managing frustration, balancing practice time, setting goals, choosing a private teacher, sight-reading, and performing
    • Provides insights into the wider world of music performance, including career goals, quotations from famous performers, and a feature on famous trumpeters
    312 pages; spiral bound; 165 line illus., 80 halftones; 8-1/2 x 11;
    ISBN13: 9780195395983
    ISBN10: 0195395980
    • Category: Trumpet Textbooks
    • Item: 095025
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    • Price: $45.95

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