It is with sadness and reverence that I share the news that earlier this week the fearless innovator Jerome Callet passed away. It is not unexpected as he was 89 years old and suffered a heart attack not long ago.
I first discovered the work of Jerome Callet in 2012. I took some lessons with him over the telephone and bought one of his Superchops trumpet mouthpieces. Almost immediately my trumpet playing began to improve for the first time in years. Not only was my sound and articulation stronger than ever but I also gained abilities that I had never had. I struggled at first to use this playing technique in all of my professional playing gigs but continued to be inspired by Jerry’s writings and news of his constant innovation over the internet.
I’ve spent the years since digging up as much information as I can about the work of Jerry Callet and I have gained a huge amount of knowledge not only about the trumpet and another way to play it but also what it is like to hold on to game-changing knowledge that the majority do not want to hear. I have no idea how Jerry had the willpower to plough forward for the last fifty years developing his embouchure techniques and instruments despite heavy criticism from those who are scared to admit that he was on to something.
Looking forward I will continue to do the best I can to spread the knowledge from the work of Mr Callet in both my playing and teaching. I am eternally grateful to him for opening my ears to the true sound of the trumpet. Rest in peace.
Exploring The Harmonic Series With The Seven Bugles
My third ebook is finally finished and available for purchase! Rather than explain it in detail here I have added a page titled Books to the menu bar of this site. On that link you can find out more about my ebooks and there are links to purchase them from the Trumpet Planet Store.
TCE-UK is very near to releasing the new TCE-RC mouthpiece.
I have been working over the last few months to bring a custom mouthpiece to market at an accessible price.
At this point you can pre-order your TCE-RC mouthpiece by contacting me using the link above. Full information about the TCE-RC mouthpiece is available on the Trumpet Planet website. Follow this link!
For those interested in technical specifications, here they are:
Internal diameter: 0.620 in. / 15.7mm
Rim: Fairly flat.
Cup: Medium, like a Bach ‘E’ cup, approx 8mm from rim to shoulder.
Throat: #28 / 3.55mm
Backbore: Custom, dense core, centred sound.
Happy New Year everybody!
2019 looks like it’ll be another exciting year for the TCE. I’m currently in the process of creating new resources for TCE practise every day. There’s a new eBook The Seven Bugles that I’ve been planing and drafting for most of a year that has finally started to come together over Christmas. I’m already sending the exercises to my pupils and hope to have the book finished soon.
For now, those of you who haven’t picked up my ebook about Einsetzen/Ansetzen; the origin of the TCE, a perfect warm-up and lip conditioner as well as 3 sets of progressive exercises to develop your embouchure; I’m now offering 25% all purchases as well as a 50% discount on your first Skype lesson when you buy the book. There is no better time to get involved in expanding your knowledge of trumpet embouchure!
Check out Exploring The Double Pedal Register on my ebook store now, and use discount code “EDPR25” for 25% off your purchase.
Exploring The Double Pedal Register – 2nd Edition
This is the latest advert that Bahb and Rich have worked on together for the ITG Journal.
Work has begun on writing a programme and making materials for a series of online courses that anybody can take to learn the TCE. In the last year I have made a bit of online content and used Patreon as a means of communicating with pupils willing to subscribe to the service. I’ve found, however, that this is not an effective way to people to learn and so I’m moving on. Current plans have the programme split into four courses, each of which contains a series of lessons, videos, and practice materials. There will also be a forum for students to discuss the course material, share their ideas and hopefully grow a bit of a community. More news to follow once things are up and rolling!
I have just released my new book about learning to play in the double pedal register.
It features a description of how to learn to play in the Einsetzen position, plus a range of new exercises designed for embouchure development and daily warm-ups. There is an explanation about Jerome Callet’s Trumpet Yoga book and a description of how it compares to the Tongue Controlled Embouchure. No other book like this exists on the market!
It is currently on sale for in eBook form for £20.00 and can be bought using PayPal in the Trumpet Planet Store. Hard copies available for £35.00 on request.
Rich has been giving lessons about the Tongue Controlled Embouchure over Skype and everything is going great! After only a couple sessions pupils report development in their abilities and have a clear path of what to practise in order to meet their goals.
Because learning the TCE is now a clearly structured course of learning material, coupled with logical explanations of how to get the best results from your playing, you too could notice vast improvements in your playing by taking some lessons over Skype.
Not sure about the Tongue Controlled Embouchure? Get in touch and ask some questions! Sometimes just being more knowledgeable about a subject can help you to make better decisions without dramatic changes to your technique or style.
I look forward to hearing from you! Please use the Contact button above, or email email@example.com
A couple weeks ago Robert J. (Bahb) Civiletti and Niranjan (Nini) Wijewickrema published a new book about the Tongue Controlled Embouchure. It is packed full of historical information about playing with the tongue between the teeth as well as 170 pages of exercises and drills to build and maintain a virtuoso embouchure. Below you can read my review of that book, which is published on Bahb’s website (http://tce-studio.com). The new book can be bought on that website for only $65.
“Finally a book that deeply explains (with citations) the historical narrative and modern-day relevance of the tongue controlled embouchure! All of that coupled with exercises that provide a true brass-player’s workout whilst teaching you to play correctly and develop awareness of your chops – this book is a game-changer in understanding how to become a proper virtuoso musician. There is no nonsense in this approach to playing; no time wasted on gimmicks or bravado strength building; just sensible development of the key aspects of embouchure control and real power.I have had this book for two weeks and the exercises have already added another level to my development. All aspects of the TCE are combined into efficient tools that train your embouchure and easily show any weaknesses.
I wish to congratulate both Robert (Bahb) and Niranjan (Nini) on this compilation of knowledge. Hopefully the brass community will embrace your wisdom and bring about another golden age of brass music!”