Thoughts on Lockdown

“Our Salvation is always going to be in some type of creativity, some type of music… it’s very important that we find a way to make it. Be as creative as you possibly can in your everyday life; whether it’s music or not. Make sure you have stuff you want to do on your own… Don’t depend on something that you don’t have right now, like 16 other musicians and a rehearsal space, for your creativity to thrive.”

Constant Set Slurs Intermediate





Dr. Scott Belck currently serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he directs the CCM Jazz Orchestra and teaches applied Jazz Trumpet.

Lead Trumpet Study No.1

This is a Calisthenic Study that I use regularly, it should be treated in the same fashion as a Carmine Caruso Exercise, stay calm and relaxed and keep the air moving gently throughout. When you get to the point where you can proceed no further, take a break for 10 minutes and then resume at the point you left off. I am very much an exponent of the Bill Adam Method and use his advisory words to remind myself how important it is to keep a full beautiful sound always in all practice periods… go be awesome.

When Will Live Music Return?

After a bruising 10 months of Covid shutdown, live music businesses — not to mention artists and fans — are hoping concerts and tours can return in the Summer of 2021. But is it a pipe dream?

Perhaps understandably, the plight experienced by the industry focuses almost exclusively on its creative incumbents;  the artists and bands. However, without producers, lighting engineers, sound engineers, roadies, caterers and the hundreds of other important cogs in the wheel, live music would be unheard and gigs and festivals rarely experienced.

The support from the UK government has been mixed and sometimes controversial. And while some may argue that unprofitable businesses should not be propped up by subsidies, this is an industry that has had closure forced upon it. It has been rendered unprofitable because the gates have been locked by others, and even those who invested in adapting their premises and working practices in order to continue trading still find themselves subject to closure when new local and national lockdown directives are issued.

For professional Musicians it’s a time to concentrate on weak areas of technique and performance, Zoom lessons have become the new norm and this is less than ideal for teachers as hands on instruction is a very necessary part of the process in learning to play a musical instrument. May positivity return soon and the joy of music be part of our normal day to day routine…