If you are going to be a successful 21st-century trumpeter, you are going to have to wear a lot of hats. This is what Matt Fronke has done in his career, playing in all styles from lead trumpet and improv, reading in big bands, playing funk, salsa, dixie, Cajun, and brass ensembles, while simultaneously touring and recording with Celine Dion over the last 10 years. Cultivating the skills required to do it all, at any time, inspired “The Beast” series, a four-book set of methods for today’s classical and commercial trumpeter. Matt explains:
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 1, “Taming The Beast,” focuses on setting up drills, and includes chapters on warming up, long tones with ear training, instant response exercises, fluidity exercises, isometrics, controlled slurs in a variety of tonalities, dynamic focus exercises, and concludes (as each book does) with a challenging “Beast Etude.”
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.