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!


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Set A Musical Budget

In business, a company will set a sales budget for the coming year. By projecting a reasonable expectation of growth, the company can compare goals to actual results throughout the year. You can set a musical budget. Read more »

Practice Perfect

There is an old expression: practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. Read more »

Efficiency vs. Brute Force

When the baseball player hits the ball, energy is transferred from the player to the ball, via the bat. How far the ball travels is determined not only by the strength of the player, but also by his or her ability to effectively transfer energy. The ‘sweet spot’ on the bat is where the transfer of energy is most efficient. The brass player also deals with transfer of energy. The lips are set unto vibration by the force of air, that energy is transferred to the horn, and sound emanates. Read more »

Time Well Spent

Q: Should a brass player strive to practice the same number of hours as a saxophonist?

A: Brass players will never be able to match a saxophonist hour-for-hour. When a reed gets worn out, there are more in the box. Like the Energizer bunny, saxophone players can (and often do) keep going and going. When your lips get worn out, there is nothing to be done but let them rest. In fact, playing too much can be more detrimental than not playing enough. Read more »

Breathing Exercises

We all know how to breathe; it’s the very first thing and the very last thing we do! Advanced control of the air is the single most crucial element of high-level brass performance. Here are a few exercises to help you develop an ability you were born with. Read more »

Training With Tuners

Raise your hand if your band director stands in front of you with a tuner, calling out: “Flat! Push in!” “Sharp! Pull out!” Does this really help you play in tune, or do you simply try to make the tuner stand still for a minute so he or she will go away? Read more »

Achieving Mediocrity

mediocrity_web_log5-300x300Tips from for achieving (or avoiding) mediocrity.
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Mental Focus

As we focus on our bodies when playing the instrument, we often forget the crucial role of the brain. 15 minutes of practice time with full concentration produces better results than an hour of mindless, repetitive practicing. Here are some tips for achieving mental focus: Read more »

Summer Vacation

Many students wonder how to keep their chops up during the summer. They no longer have the school bands and music programs to keep them focused, summer jobs rob practice time, and the lure of the beach is ever-present. September is often a rude awakening as you struggle to regain your chops. Here are a few suggestions for staying in shape at a time of year when there are places you’d rather be than the practice room. Read more »

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