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Online Trumpet Courses with Gerard Presencer (online or in person)

Trumpet M.A.P.- A Modern Approach to trumpet Playing

” A Modern Approach to Playing the Trumpet” by Gerard Presencer is just what is sorely needed in the Trumpet/Jazz Pedagogy world. This is a book which combines modern studies for traditional trumpet technique, with the added bonus of explaining the studies via the route of a jazz conception with regards to articulation, forward motion and swing. This makes this book unique in every way, and should be required study for every trumpet player who wants to compete in the complex world of today’s music. Bravo Gerard! 

– Randy Brecker

” Hello Gerard, Thank you for the material! I want to let you know what a great impact all of this has on my playing. Everyone has noticed and like you said,my language becomes clearer and I have more rhythmical options. Thanks again, I am really committed to what we do. Best, Dimitris.”

– Dimitris Papadopoulos (student)

Click here to purchase “A Modern Approach to Trumpet Playing”

 

 

13908820_559291207606740_5925945368434437467_oAre you are a trumpet player who would like to be able to improvise with a flexible range, dynamic control, clear rhythmic and harmonic language? Then this M.A.P. method will ease you into playing in all styles of improvised music.

Whether you are an aspiring young jazz trumpeter, a curious classical trumpeter, an experienced professional, a trumpet teacher, or somewhere in between all of these, my step by step method will help you to establish a clear and relaxed physical set-up ideal for improvisation on the trumpet.

Sometimes without adequate control we can restrict or even endanger our facility; shallow or stressful over-breathing can hinder progress from overblowing, causing physical problems like embouchure breakdowns, air leaks or painful bruising. These problems can restrict out our playing in many ways, one of which is being only able to play at loud volumes and only in certain ranges, risking making us unresponsive and insensitive in ensemble situations.

With this method you will be able to approach playing in all ranges (one range) with the same relaxed approach, articulate clearly and rhythmically without stopping and starting your air to ‘hit’ notes. You will have exercises that incorporate and develop language and rhythm present in the music that you want to play. As your playing develops so will your choices of; sound, dynamics, articulation, time-feel and tone colour.

Within the course you will develop awareness of;

Air-stream, breath-accenting and articulation. Then the co-ordination of these will be established over the lessons. With this increased control, efficiency of air, co-ordination of rhythmic accents through breath and articulation, you will over time develop muscle memory so as a relaxed, flexible trumpet player, you can enjoy greater freedom, choice and expression in your music. New styles of music may then become of interest to you, as you realise the basic approach of M.A.P will serve you to play all sorts of music.

I will always tailor your studies to specifically suit your needs. The nature of this method will not undermine or contradict any work on previous methods that you have used before and will certainly not be detrimental to your current playing approach.

The goal is that you will be able to maintain and hone a relaxed and controlled approach beyond the course(s) on into your career.

Lessons will involve playing together, listening to each other with careful monitoring of ongoing development through exercises.

Feedback will be given in the lesson and then summarised in written feedback along with developments to current exercises or new ones, sent within 24 hours of the lesson.

Online support will then be available via email to make sure that any questions you have can be quickly answered and you can be as sure as possible that you are on track at all times.

The Copenhagen weekend workshop will give you a chance to hear the method in real life, and share ideas with like minded trumpet players!

Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of a Trumpet M.A.P. course (excluding the consultation lesson).

Trumpet M.A.P / Consultation Lesson:

Initially during a consultation lesson I’ll listen to you play, describe your possible objectives and give you an introduction to the M.A.P.

This initial lesson is 90 minutes and it will be helpful to have a copy of Trumpet M.A.P. book, available from Warwick Music (it is not actually necessary to start working on the book before the lesson, but a read through in advance to familiarise yourself with the concepts will be useful). To order a copy of the book, please click the advert above.

So beyond the consultation lesson, you may then choose one of the following course structures…

Course 1-Trumpet Mapping-Ease into a supportive technique for the improvising trumpeter.

The lesson plan is weekly.

These lessons are a monitoring process to ensure that you are understanding and working with your new technical approach. You will develop your own exercises and ideas to personalise the basic method and can then use these templates in the future for new ideas.

Includes:

-20 one hour lessons,

Written feedback after each lesson.

-Exercises and tasks set after each lesson.

-Online support via email (response within 3 days).

-Certificate of Course completion.

-Installment payment plans available.

Course 2-Improvisation Approach. Ease into Improvising.

Now that you have developed a foundation of supportive technique, we can work on improvisational concepts, where you will learn to play clearly over chord progressions, develop rhythmic concept and a clarity of approach that will stimulate greater interaction within your group playing. Other single line instrumentalists are also welcome to sign up for this course.

Includes:

-10 one hour lessons,

Written feedback after each lesson.

-Exercises and tasks set after each lesson.

-Online support via email (response within 3 days).

-Certificate of Course completion.

-Installment payment plans available.

Course 3- New Ideas/Refresher course. Ease back into trumpet study.

The ideas in Trumpet M.A.P. are new perspectives on traditional techniques and methods, we are not re-inventing the rule book, but approaching the trumpet gently.

So if you are a pro player or teacher (or both like me), you might like to work with on technical or improvisational ideas, perhaps to give you new perspectives for soloing (or technical support when soloing) in your regular band. You can gain new strategies to show your students simple ways into an improvisational world without forgetting good control of the instrument.

Bringing your own ideas and observations and by being a guinea pig yourself can be a rewarding process. Over the years I have worked with many professional trumpet players and feel that the sharing of ideas is what formed the Trumpet M.A.P,  so your input will continue to develop this system as a living breathing resource for the improvising trumpet community.

Includes:

-10 one hour lessons,

Written feedback after each lesson.

-Exercises and tasks set after each lesson.

-Online support via email (response within 3 days).

-Certificate of Course completion.

-Installment payment plans available.

 

 

Spaces on all courses are limited, and there will be a waiting list sometimes.

Once you are my student, I will support and encourage you to achieve your full potential.

Trumpet M.A.P. Courses are a new development and I am hoping to make this method useful and widely available to as many trumpet players as possible. The best trumpet players I have seen find the trumpet easy. I believe we all have this rite. Living in the celebrated Jazz city of Copenhagen, with a thriving live scene, major international Jazz festival and cheap flight connections from all over Europe and now the US,  I will be setting up twice yearly weekend workshops for us all to come together here to work on exercises, improvise and perform to each other.

To book your preliminary lesson and to work out which course would suit you best, please use the contact page.

It is always difficult to work out where you are in terms of judging your own ability, but perhaps as a rough guide, you should have been playing for a minimum of 5 years to apply for a preliminary lesson.  If in doubt about anything above, get in touch!

The M.A.P. Is a collection of my 20+ years journey through trumpet teaching.

I have also watched many great trumpet players at gigs and masterclasses and have often talked to them about what they find easy to do, then created these exercises. I would like to share it with you!