Author Archives: Michael Barkley

About Michael Barkley

Trumpet player/tutor, luthier, jazz enthusiast, coffee addict.

Absence

For those of you who read this website – apologies for the lack of content recently (also for the lack of content within my content, heh!). I have a couple more transcriptions I will make available – maybe make YouTube … Continue reading

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Terell Stafford – Daahoud (solo transcription)

Here is a transcription I did of the trumpet solo on “Daahoud” from Terell Stafford’s album “Centripetal Force” (1997). Sorry – no chords yet. http://www.box.net/shared/uji9hzpb2vk0lrr2ikj4 You can buy this on Amazon (like me), or check it out on Spotify – … Continue reading

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My Pianist, the Cat

I am finally getting around to the topic of aesthetics, opinion, and in fact (partly) how I classify music and what I personally think constitutes music. Caveat: it would be worth tempering the following article with the phrase “in my … Continue reading

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Chris Potter, all the things, a cappella

This is a fantastic solo performance of “All the things you are” by Chris Potter. It is completely captivating! I have little else to say about this; just listen!

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Charlie Parker interview

A good friend brought this interview to my attention, so I cleaned the audio up and added an image to put a face to the genius (if you are unfamiliar) and put it on youtube. It is a very inspiring … Continue reading

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Know your limitations

Playing a brass instrument requires an air pressure to be generated, and when we tense up and over-blow it is inevitable that we invite the valsalva manoeuvre in which we essentially create such a high internal air pressure that we collapse. … Continue reading

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Am I Biased?

There is no slow way to answer this question as it is very simple; I am biased. Everyone is biased. However, the reasons and circumstances that bias us are worth investigating further. I cannot pretend to have a keen inside … Continue reading

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