The Best Websites for Musicians
A list of useful websites for trumpet players
and musicians of all kinds
The good thing about the internet is that it puts all the information we want at the click of a mouse. The bad thing about it is that there are millions of websites to browse through to find what you need. The ugly thing is that a lot of what is on the internet is really…really bad.
Throughout my career I’ve come across very useful websites, and although I’m sure I missed a few, here are some that will surely help you. From major trumpet manufacturers, to performance anxiety help and advice for buying trumpets, here is the best of best.
Don't Forget to Visit
Shop Trumpets & More
The internet home of the widely known mute maker. If you’ve played in band/orchestra, you’ve probably used a Denis Wick mute! They also have a nice mouthpiece collection and accessories. Oh, and Denis himself is a super nice guy. » deniswick.com
David Hickman is a widely known trumpet professor who teaches at Arizona State (which is known for dishing out great player after great player.) He has written some of the most important books in trumpet teaching and plays on numerous albums. Check out his site to get some books and music! (I do it all the time). » hickmanmusiceditions.com
Great Blogs, Podcasts & News
Bob’s site is mainly a blog on his experiences and challenges as a teacher and player. Most of them are pretty in depth, so probably not for the light or newbie trumpeter, but definitely a nice place more advanced players and of course, teachers. » bobgillis.wordpress.com
This one is named after the book “The Musician’s Way”, which teaches you how to be a balanced musician. The website has a lot of links to recommended websites, books, accessories and even a very good blog. I usually swing by this site once a month and see what’s new. » musiciansway.com
Ever heard of Alexander’s technique? It’s a practice that has long helped musicians relieve tension by improving their posture through physical movements. Less tension, better music!
A website put together by trumpet player Jay Lichtmann. He has compiled a bunch of free trumpet music for solos, ensembles, warmups and more. If it’s free…it’s for me! Amirite?! » uhaweb.hartford.edu/lichtmann
This site is kept up by trombonist and super nice guy, Jeremy. The best part about it are the listings of trumpet jobs which are updated regularly. If you’re looking for audition or teaching opportunities this website can help you get started. Also, his site has something for all brass players, not just trumpet. » lastrowmusic.com
Apart from a nice blog about careers in music, this website offers music college consulting, a free music college guide and more. The music career landscape is big, go check it out. » musicschoolcentral.com
If nerves are keeping you from reaching your performance potential, then check out this site, even if just to buy one of the books. Dr. Green is an expert in peak performance, so check it out. » peakperformancetrainingschool.com
Rob’s website is all about trumpet makers and their histories. He has a gallery of antique horns, a section where he sells trumpets, restoration info and plenty of historical entertainment. From what I gathered, he seems to have developed a true passion for brass and has turned it into a nice resource for us trumpet lovers. » robbstewart.com
Probably the most popular trumpet forum on the internet. You can join for free to ask the community questions, discuss trumpet topics, and sell/buy stuff from the marketplace. Beware that anyone can post here. Overall, a great community! » trumpetherald.com
“Bad Saeckingen at the river Rhine is well known in the world as the “Town of the Trumpeter”. The location is the Rhine Valley between the border of Switzerland and the Black Forest.” Head over to this site and under “Historic Town Views”, click on “Trumpet Museum” to see some extremely cool (and sometimes strange) trumpets. » trompeter-von-saeckingen.de
Music Theory & More
This is a nice little website for players in middle school and high school. It has the accompaniment tracks for the first Standard of Excellence book for trumpet, music history and some audition help. » guybbrownmusic.weebly.com
Music theory, ear training and drills! I use this website weekly with my studio and it’s so helpful. If you really want to be a better trumpet player, tackle these exercises daily. Musicianship is much more than just playing the right notes! » musictheory.net
This music theory website is similar to musictheory.net. However, it also features published theory articles (which are super geeky and awesome) and a music glossary. A great place to start understanding theory. » teoria.com