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Playing with Invisalign – post #1

by Allen J. Venezio on January 13, 2016

I have said for over 20 years that I would never get braces. I knew the catastrophic consequences my playing would suffer if I did it. I was not willing to compromise my trumpet for cosmetics. Well, recently my dentist told me that while I have very beautiful, healthy teeth, my gums are deteriorating and […]

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The ‘Octave Key’ Problem

by Allen J. Venezio on October 1, 2015

You know, we all do it. That high “x” is coming up so we grab every part of the trumpet we can, take a deep breath and push the trumpet into our face. Ultimately, a big splat comes out and we don’t understand why that happened. Well, chances are, you used “the octave key”. We […]

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My Favorite Things

by Allen J. Venezio on May 9, 2011

The way I look at it, if Oprah can have a list of her favorite things, why can’t I? The only difference, however, is that you don’t get one of everything on my list. I do apologize in advance for that. On my list will be 10 trumpet-related items (not including the trumpet itself) that […]

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Join the Network

by Allen J. Venezio on May 8, 2011

Improvements are always good. After months of telling visitors to this site to “put their name and e-mail addresses in the box below”, you can finally do that! Even if you already own a copy of Trumpet 101: A Resource Manual for Trumpet Players, it would still be beneficial to log your e-mail address. When […]

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Here For A Year … New Year’s Resolution Time!

by Allen J. Venezio on April 2, 2011

Hello loyal followers of the 5 Foot High Trumpet Guy! One year ago this weekend, the 5 Foot High Trumpet Guy web site went active and it’s been a great year! I am looking forward to even more higher, faster and louder trumpet playing in year 2. Today would be a great day to make […]

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The importance of the 3rd valve slide

by Allen J. Venezio on May 8, 2010

As a middle school band director, one of the biggest problem I have seen with intermediate trumpet players is the lack of the use of the 3rd valve slide. Of course, I say this, but I’ve seen this problem at the high school level, collegiate level and the professional level as well. The 3rd valve […]

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