It's Been A While

Long time no see...

It's been a while since I've last posted (over a year, in fact)! I have been busy finishing up my course work towards earning my master's degree in trumpet performance, taking auditions, and making final preparations for my move down to my new home in Austin, Texas. I'll be working as a freelancer and private trumpet instructor in the area for the next several years and am eager to begin work in a few weeks!

Updates to the website

As you can see, I've made many updates to the website. Now that I have a bit more "brain-power", expect to see this website and its contents be more up-to-date than it has. I now only have to be concerned about performing, teaching, and successfully adulting.

Here are the highlights of the website's updates:

  • New content in Recordings page including videos and audio
  • Photos is a separate page now from what was the Media page
    • Still not sure how I'll organize these photos... lots of clutter!
  • Up-to-date bio and a new bio photo (finally!)
  • New banner photos in several sections of the website
  • Updated the Lessons page (more to be added as time passes)
    • To be added:
      • A section for private students and parents to access for materials
  • Added a Resources page for anyone to peruse (more to be added as time passes)
    • 2 YouTube Playlists
      • Trumpet Listening Playlist
        • If you have suggestions on what to add to the playlist, please do not hesitate to comment below. I selected these particular videos as they not only have excellent quality audio, but show video for students and others to observe how other trumpeters perform and play. I will try and add new videos as I find them or receive suggestions
      • Trumpet Masterclass/Interview Playlist
        • These videos are ones that I find important and that have helped me along my journey as a trumpeter. I still refer back to these every once in a while to get inspiration or be reminded of concepts that I may have forgotten. Like the other playlist, please type up any suggestions in the comments section below for anything you think would be worth adding

Updates to the Blog

You may have noticed that the blog has been renamed to Grumpet Blog. It's just a mix of the first letter of my last name (Gorder) and trumpet. I think it is a more unique and personal title for my blog. After I get settled in Austin, I'd like to have at least 1 to 2 posts each week like I have done last year. I don't want to limit my blog to just be on the idea of international brass groups, but to anything brass, trumpet, and pedagogy related. This may include a student or students of the week, a cool video I found, or another person's blog post I found to be an interesting read. It could be just about anything within the criteria I listed above. Hope to have you tag along with a much more consistent blog schedule.

Trumpet Book

I've been chipping away on a book of my own for trumpet students of any levels. The idea is still raw and in its early stages, but as I have a more refined draft and idea, I will post updates in here! Right now, I can give you a general idea and inspiration of why I've decided to begin writing a book. It may be a long process, but I'm willing to devote time, energy, and money on getting this book published! 

So my inspiration is that there is a deficiency in the amount of books that provide detailed explanations on what to look and listen for when playing a specific exercise and also HOW to play exercises included. Furthermore, many trumpet books that exist (many are great) are ineffective without the guidance of a teacher. I think that at a certain point in a child or student's development, he or she can take charge of their own learning and be able to teach themselves to a certain level of ability how to play trumpet. Perhaps a student does not have money to pay for a private instructor, or perhaps the person works better on their own without being told what to do by a teacher. Why not have a choice of what you can do and what you want to learn when playing trumpet? This will be done (ambitiously) through a detailed sets of instructions for individual exercises, audio instructions & demonstrations (QR code scan to a web page), and video instructions & demonstrations (QR code scan to a web page). The video and audio would be similar to what you would see in videos provided by Houghton Horns when they post videos for Texas All-State audition music.

This may all be an enormous undertaking, but I think there is a need for something like this to exist. If anyone would like to help along the way, I would probably love to collaborate or receive any assistance! Of course, this is all just a rough idea and subject to change, but I just wanted to put it all out there. For now, here's what the cover looks like at the moment:



See you all in the next post!

Filipino Brass Music!

This post will be short and sweet. Since in one of our last classes in ABEL, I thought about what cultural music to share, and I thought why not share the music from my home country the Philippines!

Below is a playlist of Philippine marches played by the Mabuhay Brass Brand. A fun note: "mabuhay" in our language has multiple meanings including "hello", "welcome", "live great", or "to life!" Most Filipino people are usually sun-shiny and well-tempered people, and the name "Mabuhay" reflects that positive stereotype.

Enjoy the music!

African Brass

Ever since middle school, I was intrigued by the vocal music of African tribal songs. It's just something about them that was so calming thanks to the unrestricted meters, and organic flow. Coming from that thought, I was curious to hear what an African brass group sounded like. Rather than focusing on a single ensemble, I thought it would be more beneficial and interesting to share videos of different groups which is what you're going to see in the three videos below!

I think you'll find that not everything you have to play has to be of the most pristine quality. You may just end up with a very sterile sounding piece. Listen to the energy and look at the "fun" everyone is having!

Hello, World!