To be a competitive trumpeter in the cut-throat world of professional music, you have to be able to wear many hats. Salsa, Latin, and funk on one day, then symphonic, chamber, and sightreading the next. The challenge as trumpeters, however, is the limits on our chop time. We are often told that if you want to become great you should focus on one or two specialties, but that is just not true anymore.
Enter the “Beast” series of books by Matt Fronke. These books are complete methods with versatility as the main goal, helping you improve in multiple areas simultaneously. Hone multiple technical and musical skills on trumpet in less practice time, leading to viability in many genres so you can feel qualified for nearly anything that is thrown at you.
What does Matt say about the impetus for this series?
This series outlines how to hone multiple technical and musical skills on trumpet in less practice time, which lends viability in many genres so you can feel qualified for nearly anything that is thrown at you. Another benefit of versatility is that mastering more skills increases your work pool. If a tour needs a lead player, a recording needs a jazz trumpet solo, a Dixie band needs someone who knows tunes, a funk band wants a spur-of-the-moment solo with no written chord changes, or a huge show needs big-toned sight readers with great intonation, you’ve trained for it all. If the orchestra has a “pops” show or an act wants a lone trumpeter, do they call the one-trick pony? No, they call the versatile one. Plus, training for many scenarios prepares you for the unexpected, and preparation is the very best stage fright prevention.
Book 3, “Provoking The Beast,” focuses on flexibility and strength studies with chapters on warming up, Major Pentatonic Flexibility, Expanding Intervals Exercises, Power Accuracy Exercises, Dynamic Focus Exercises, Scott Belck’s Worm Burner Exercise (Altered), Interval Flex Exercises, The Beast Etude #3, Single-Tonguing Endurance Exercises, and Endurance Exercises on Ravel’s Bolero.
This set is a tremendous resource, written by a player, from a player’s perspective, and is a valuable resource for trumpeters at all levels in any stage of their career.
To the left you will find some samples, and you can grab your copy immediately from the link above.
Who is Matt Fronke?
Along with touring and recording with Celine Dion for the last 10 years, Matt has recorded with Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Earth Wind & Fire, The Rippingtons, Gladys Knight, Kristin Chenoweth, Joss Stone, Steve Tyrell, Jeff Kashiwa, and The Don Miller Orchestra.