The last time I had my eyes examined, the doctor said to me “Your reward for your longevity is that you get to wear these really cool glasses!” That’s a good perspective I suppose.
Back in the day I could read not only off my own stand, but also the stands of my neighbors, and even people in the row in front of me. Those days are gone. Now it’s even a challenge to read my OWN music if the lighting isn’t great.
Enter the Mighty Bright Orchestra Light. I bought this a few months ago after a particularly difficult gig, and I’m so glad I did!! It’s really made my playing life easier!!!
If, like me, you perform in a wide range of conditions, and your eyes are giving you a little trouble, I highly recommend this light. It’s a lifesaver!!
One of my students recently brought to my attention what appears to be a brand new edition of the Arban Book for trumpet. It’s published by Dover, and Amazon.com is currently taking preorders at $14.95. That’s the lowest price I’ve seen on this book in more than 20 years.
A lot of people call this book the “bible” of trumpet. I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it is a great tool for mastering the instrument. This might be a great opportunity to pick one up!
I don’t do a lot of product reviews on this site, but every
once in a while I run across something I just have to share with my readers. This is one of those times.
Back in December, one of my students brought a new gadget to his lesson: The CenterPitch CP10 Tuner/Metronome. I’ve had an earlier model, the CP-2, for several years, and have been very happy with it. This new model is a huge step up.
The main difference between the CP-10 and the CP-2 is that the new model features a metronome in addition to the usual tuner.
What sets this metronome apart from others is one simple thing: volume. I have way too many metronomes in my possession that do nothing more than collect dust because they’re simply too quiet to be heard when you’re practicing the trumpet. This metronome projects like crazy. I’ve been using it since December and can happily report that you can hear it while playing the trumpet. The value of this feature cannot be overstated!!
The tuner is also quite good. It’s easy to read, handles transposing instruments well, and the entire display turns green when you are “in tune.” It also relies on a vibration sensing clip rather than a microphone, which means it can be used to check pitch reliably even in a room full of other people playing their instruments (like, say, a school band room).