Trumpet Planet is a website and blog written by Rich Colquhoun, a freelance professional trumpet, flugelhorn and bugle player based in Bristol, UK.
I am trained in playing classical, jazz and commercial styles and have 18 years of experience as a professional performer and session musician. In an average month my work could be playing with a party band, classical solo performances, bugle calls for remembrance services and funerals, playing trumpet in a theatre band, lead trumpet in a salsa group, or small jazz groups. I also have regular engagements playing in orchestras for choral societies, brass bands and function bands. For more information, please visit my Professional Services page.
I have a strong interest in the understanding of brass instruments and embouchure methods including Jerome Callet’s Superchops Embouchure and Jeff Smiley’s Balanced Embouchure method. As a result I am a frequent user of the Trumpet Herald forum. I have found that the history of brass pedagogy is full of opposing ideas and that many traditional approaches to playing contradict both science and common sense. In my playing I use the Tongue Controlled Embouchure as described by Bahb Civiletti.
Updates: In recent months I have begun servicing, customising and repairing small brass instruments. Please keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for further information.
I am in the process of creating an eBook! I feel that some of the information in my blog posts, plus much of the research I’ve done in recent years needs a fresh, detailed publication with sound clips to further illustrate points. Although just in the planning stages I am excited to announce that it is happening!
Patreon page! I have started a Patreon page, for further information please read this post.
Where now? Below you’ll see a list of some of my recent blog posts. Although they are all trumpet related, the topics can vary a lot from equipment choices and playing techniques to discussions about ideology and out-of-the-box pedagogy. There are a few recordings of my playing thrown in there when I have the chance too. Enjoy!