About The Book
What is this book about?
This book centers on the life and playing styles of three of the most highly acclaimed lead trumpet players of all time, Eugene “Snooky” Young, Al Porcino and Conrad Gozzo. Their style, sound and interpretation are studied and copied throughout the entire world.
Simply put, the goals of this book are:
To better understand the evolution of lead trumpet playing by learning about the history, stylistic nuances, phrasing and articulation of the masters.
Educate the student to play in the appropriate style at the appropriate time
Present all this information in an easy to follow, enjoyable read with included transcriptions (plus recommended listening and further study) to facilitate the learning gap between hearing and seeing the written example.
This book is not about:
How to play high notes.
The mechanics of trumpet playing.
An exhaustive examination of all lead players (there are dozens of other players worth studying but their inspiration, style and concept usually all comes back to these three.)
This book is aimed to inform trumpet players of all levels, from middle school through college students, “weekend warriors” and professionals that want to be more knowledgeable and inspired by the masters of lead playing.