Trumpet Inspiration 1

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:

  1. He produces a beautiful sound, even when the music is technically demanding.
  2. 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!

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