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Play Authentic Swing Trumpet

with Mike Lovatt

Wish you could play the trumpet authentically in the Swing style?

Mike Lovatt - one of the UK's most in demand players - shares his lessons learnt from years playing with the greats from Quincy Jones to Eric Clapton, Oasis and The Philharmonic Orchestra.

By the end of this couse you'll be comfortable playing Swing technique, tones and 3 new Swing tunes from the book Easy Jazzy 'Tudes.

Instrument Trumpet

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29 lessons · 62m 04s

Mike Lovatt, acclaimed UK trumpeter and Chair of Trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music in London teaches you how to play trumpet authentically in the Swing style.

The course is structured around 3 specially selected pieces from the book Easy Jazzy 'Tudes that will build your ability to play with Swing feeling. The simple pieces increase in difficulty as the course progresses.

By the end of this course, you'll master the intonation, musicality, techniques and dynamics specific to this style.

Specifically, Mike covers:

  • Swing groove and articulation
  • Breathing and air flow
  • Inflexions such as bends, vibratos, slides and falls
  • How to use a plunger mute
  • Starting and ending tunes
  • Intonation and musicality

This course comes with sheet music for the 3 tunes, demonstrations of Mike playing each piece that you can slow down and loop to focus on the tricky parts, and backing tracks so you can practice playing along with a real swing band.

So let's get started and start swingin'!

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Mike Lovatt

Mike Lovatt studied at Trinity College of music where he was awarded the Jon Kelly Jazz Scholarship. He has performed and recorded a wide range of musical styles with many artists including Quincy Jones, Robbie Williams, Eric Clapton, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Buble, Oasis, Michel Le Grand, Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey, Danny Elfman, ...

As Principal Trumpet in London’s West End, Mike has performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever, My Fair Lady, and Spamalot amongst others. He has played on movie soundtracks including the James Bond films, Harry Potter with The London Symphony Orchestra, the award winning Chicago, Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Madagascar, and The Corpse Bride. He is featured on trumpet and cornet in George Fenton’s Mrs Henderson Presents, and on trumpet in ‘Looking for Eric.’

Mike is principal trumpet with the Grammy Nominated John Wilson Orchestra and has been featured in their celebrated BBC promenade concerts and recordings.

Mike is sought after as a teacher, clinician and is a professor of trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music. In April 2013, Mike was proud to be awarded the prestigeous position of The Derek Watkins' Chair of Trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music, London.

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