When Dizzy Gillespie proclaimed that “Leon Merian has one of the most beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear”, he rightfully elevated Leon to the pantheon of the world’s finest players. If you had a chance to hear him yourself, I am positive you would agree. You will know his sound from the unforgettable Godfather theme that he played on the Oscar winning soundtrack, or Ben Hur, or on tour with Elvis Presley, Bop Hope, Paul Anka, Johnny Mathis, Chubby Checker, The Supremes, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr (to name a few!).
This book encapsulates his entire approach to the instrument, how he developed his incredible sound and technique, and how to use the body’s built in power centres to breathe, buzz, and play with ease. There is a ton of material here, including 50 pages of writing on the subject of using isometrics to improve your playing. The next 80 pages of exercises, studies, warm-ups, and flexibility give you the material you need to put the teaching to use every day.
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“Leon Merian’s book ‘Trumpet Isometrics’ demonstrates many years of work and is one of the finest examples of combining the talents of a top professional trumpeter and his ability to pass on his knowledge and experience to others. I most assuredly recommend this fine text. It tells you the way it is!”
Wayne Naus | Professor, Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
“I consider this method by Leon Merian a very valuable text for today’s trumpet student. It truly prepares students as well as the professional for demands of endurance and facility.’‘ Roger L. Voisin | Chairman Brass Department, Boston University