Addenda, Edits, Updates…

After a recent trip to meet and talk with Bahb Civiletti I have had a refinement to my understanding of some details regarding trumpet playing. I’ve taken some time today to edit and update some of my blog posts. Below you will find a list of the edits I’ve made so that you don’t necessarily need to re-read them all.


An anaylsis of tone – This is the first of my longer articles and so I took some time to re-write a few sections of it. I have added extra YouTube examples and clarified the section defining “a dark tone”. I am much happier with this post after these edits.

Arban on Tonguing – change “Superchops” for “TCE”

Understanding Callet – The Wisdom Behind Superchops

Changed some use of the terms “TCE” or “Superchops” to specify which I was talking about at various points.

Changed “Also known as TCE” to “closely related to TCE”

Removed: Within this article I use the terms “Superchops”, “Tongue Controlled Embouchure”, and “TCE” all to refer generally to the research and teaching of Jerome Callet.

Replaced with: Within this article I use the term “Superchops” to refer to the research and teaching of Jerome Callet. “Tongue Controlled Embouchure”, and “TCE” refer to the work of Bahb Civiletti, who has developed the technique further through the addition of different articulations and exercises.┬áSome people use the terms comparably so in the “Narrative” section below I do too.

Added this edit: Since meeting with Bahb Civiletti I have re-considered my opinion of the necessity of using the tongue to stop the air. My current thoughts are that the tongue is not making an action to stop the air; the fact that the aperture is controlled by the tongue means that the stopping of air moving is synchronised with the closing of the aperture by the tongue. I guess it’s a chicken-and-egg situation.

Use of air: Quality not quantity – added this paragraph: Fundamentally the problem I have with a “more air” approach is that it results in a loud, spread and dull sound. Playing efficiently results in a focused, powerful and exciting tone. Loud is not the same as powerful and nor is it exciting to listen to. In the interest of keeping this post relatively concise I will recommend that you read my post titled An analysis of tone.