Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

Close Your Eyes


Why is it that when you taste something delicious or hear beautiful music, you close your eyes? When you eliminate visual stimulus you devote full concentration to your sense of taste or hearing, to get maximum benefit from the stimulus (food or music). For a musician, ears are our most vital sense. Yet we often neglect them.

When you read music, visual information is sent to your brain and from there to various parts of your body to operate your instrument. The quality of the resulting sound depends on your ability to play your instrument and on your ability to convert musical notation into music.

When you learn or play music by ear, aural information is sent to the brain and from there to your body and the instrument. Again, the quality of the sound is limited by your own abilities however the initial sound or stimulus is limited only by what you hear. If you want to sound excellent, listen to excellent music.

In the first example, sound is the last item in the chain of events. In the second it occurs at the start and the finish. You have the opportunity to compare your sound with the ideal; this is the perfect approach to learning music.

As human beings, we default to our eyes. (We are amazed at what the blind can accomplish by sensory compensation.) If there is music on the stand, you will stare at it, no matter how well you know the piece. When practicing, memorize small sections and play with eyes closed. For the best performance the entire piece should be memorized.

Eliminating input from one sense sharpens the others. When you close your eyes, you open your ears.
As often as possible—every day!—learn something by ear. This can be as simple as trying to figure out a familiar melody one note at a time, or as complex as transcribing full scores or jazz solos. Gear the assignment to your own level, but give yourself the chance to work from ear to horn, rather than vice versa.

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