Chris Gekker’s ringing endorsement for this new book by Mark Gould perfectly encapsulates what I was thinking when I read this book for the first time: this is a book about trumpet playing and teaching that transcends the genre and should be read by people of all walks of life. Gekker writes:
“Ostensibly a book about playing and teaching trumpet, this book soon extends into areas of general musicianship, with perspectives and insights that compel us to think long after the book is put down. Ultimately these explorations by Mark Gould expand further, meditations on artistic creativity that exceed anything in my own reading experience. His thoughts on teaching are universal, truly sui generis – I could easily imagine them useful whether we are trying to teach physics, history, or coach a basketball team.” Chris Gekker
This 220-page tome is aptly subtitled “Playing, Studying, Teaching, and Preparing for the Future.” Joe Alessi nails the importance of the time we are in right now in his preface, and why this book is going to set the tone for a renaissance in both the study and performance of music in the years to come, writing:
“At this time, all of us are wondering how to reshape and resurrect ourselves once the pandemic of 2020-21 starts to recede into the history books. Fortunately, we have Mark and his wide-ranging ideas challenging us to reach way beyond our usual “comfort zones”. He’s not just advising us, he’s pushing us to try new methodologies, cultural influences and musical styles to refocus our creativity. This book is his prescription for beginning our post-pandemic musical lives fearlessly by being more eclectic and open-minded at every turn. Who better to inspire each of us to find our authentic “voice” than Mark Gould?” Joe Alessi
This book is not only fun to read, but it is also perfectly positioned to be of profound value to trumpeters, instrumentalists of all types, performers, teachers, students, and anyone else who trains to achieve at an elite level. Mark brings his lifetime of experience as principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera and trumpet instructor at the Juilliard School to the table and regales you with stories from behind the curtain while urging you to think deeply about how and why you began a lifelong journey of music-making in the first place.
I have included a full TOC and preface in the samples to the left. Give them a read, then download a beautiful edition at the link above.
(Full endorsement list can be found here).