Today’s trumpet inspiration comes from Caleb Hudson, a member of the Canadian Brass and trumpet professor at Colorado State University. Here he performs Partita No. 1 by J.S.Bach originally written for violin — which explains the lack of breathing opportunities! I think this video is especially relevant this time of year, since many of my students are working on etudes that often push technical limits. I encourage you to draw inspiration from two specific aspects of his playing:
- He produces a beautiful sound, even when the music is technically demanding.
- His physical approach to the trumpet is very relaxed, despite the technical challenges of the music.
On top of this, his phrasing is impeccable! We can all use this as a reminder to play technical passages as musically as possible. Bravo Caleb on such an incredible performance!