I have an opportunity for 10 volunteers to work through my Trumpet Momentum approach to brass playing. This is a 12-week beta-testing program for a new series of assets that will become available to the general public this coming Autumn. All content and accessories will be provided at no charge.
Each volunteer participant will collaborate in the following ways:
1) Apply principles and exercises provided in text and videos sometimes using new Harrelson products on a weekly basis.
2) Complete a weekly self-assessment and provide feedback on content and materials.
3) Meet online as a group to discuss experiences, ideas, struggles and triumphs three times throughout the testing program.
4) Have a 5 to 15-minute monthly phone call with me to discuss your personal challenges and experiences. This may be a Skype call if that is more convenient.
What is Trumpet Momentum?
The answer is simply, "forward moving progress based on finding balance and reducing drag to improve overall understanding and facility on trumpet".
Who am I?
My name is Jason Harrelson. I founded Harrelson Trumpets in 1994 with the mission of building the most versatile high efficiency trumpets possible. I am also a musician, inventor and engineer among other things. You can read more at www.whyharrelson.com and www.harrelsonmomentum.com
Why am I qualified to help you attain better results in your brass playing?
I have personally worked with thousands of brass players seeking solutions to their embouchure, technique, equipment and approach challenges. These musicians are from over 40 countries and represent all skill levels. I have been guest clinician and lecturer at numerous institutions around the world including ITG, Satchmo Summerfest, UNT, dozens of universities with highlights and reviews in the ITG Journal, Downbeat, PBS and soon Audi magazine and Makercast.
What is the History of Trumpet Momentum?
My studies in brass instrument acoustics and design began 22 years ago in a physics lab at St. Olaf College. I was originally studying the physical mechanics of brass playing to improve my personal tone, flexibility, range and endurance. These studies were expanded to include the entire instrument, both human and brass.
A few years later, my studies evolved into teaching a brass studio of 80 students while I built trumpets on the side. As I worked with more players of all skill levels, I refined my notes and approach to fit the needs of a more diverse audience.
I openly experimented with various approaches to brass playing with my students and soon discovered that a physics-based approach offered the most impressive results. Beginning students in 4th and 5th grade were often playing the C and C# scales two full octaves in the very first month.
Trumpet Momentum has evolved considerably in recent years. I am now prepared to share these results the brass playing world. This approach is comprehensive in terms of understanding the physical components (both human and instrument) of tone production, partials, pitch, intonation, tone color and projection. Trumpet Momentum incorporates the use of the Harrelson ASAT (Air Speed Aperture Trainer) and Harrelson MiniBell.
How do you participate?
I will select a team of 10 trumpet players to collaborate and share as individuals and within group discussions. You may apply by sending the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Name, age, email address, city, country and primary language (if not English)
2) List all instruments you play in order of priority. If you play trumpets in multiple keys, please list each. If you only play Bb, that's perfectly acceptable.
3) In one or two sentences, explain why you would benefit from the Trumpet Momentum beta program.
4) In one sentence, explain your greatest challenge playing your brass instrument(s).
5) How will your feedback and participation be of value to Trumpet Momentum?
6) List all musical instrument companies, books, authors and publishers with which you are or have been affiliated. It's okay if you have worked with other companies, but for legal reasons we may need to have a signed release statement. If this doesn't apply, simply let me know you are not affiliated with anyone in the industry.
Legal Disclaimer: You agree as a participant of the Trumpet Momentum beta-testing program not to share, sell or provide any information to any third party with the intent to create competing products, services in any likeness whatsoever. Every participant will be required to sign an NDA or non-disclosure agreement as well as a non-compete agreement. All feedback from participants both written and verbal will become the property of Harrelson Trumpets. All participants agree to keep their experiences with the Trumpet Momentum program confidential until completion in September, 2016.
It's okay to have a ton of fun with Trumpet Momentum now that we have the legal business done!