Joshua MacCluer

Trumpeter, Producer, Educator and Performance Coach

Elevation Solo Album Release and the Myriad Benefits of Recording

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Music Production, Solo | 0 comments

I am delighted to announce the release of my album Elevation, my fifth album as a producer and my first as a classical solo artist. Elevation is the result of almost two years of work and was a tremendous learning experience for me as well a very enjoyable artistic process. The album is now released electronically and if you’d like to download the album or a track please visit CD Baby, iTunes or your favorite online music retailer. I made this album without the expectation of making money or being famous; those are not things that happen as a result of making a self-produced solo...

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The Essential Role of Modeling for Mastery and Rafael Mendez

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo, Videos | 1 comment

One of the most effective and time tested methods of getting better at something is modeling. I highly recommend the power of modeling for the development of any skill in any area of performance or life. What is modeling exactly? It is a simple three step process: 1) First find someone (or something) who does well what you want to improve. 2) Study your model carefully, over and over. Notice, learn and internalize every detail you can. 3) Finally, do your best imitation of your model, compare the results, and then repeat the process of 2 and 3. For musicians I highly recommend the...

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The Rite of Spring for Two Trumpets

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Chamber Music, Classical Trumpet, Music Production | 2 comments

Today I am excited to share a fun recording of Edward Hoffman’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring For Two Trumpets. Seriously! Normally the Rite of Spring is performed by a huge orchestra, but this is the Cliff’s Notes for two trumpets. It takes special talent to make an effective miniature of such an enormous work, and Ed succeeded admirably in this 15 minute arrangement. William Day and I put in long hours rehearsing this in Bali last summer and we recorded a few months ago in KL. Trumpet dorks, Stravinsky fans, and those who like to cut to the essence of...

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Developing Long Term Relationships with Music

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo | 0 comments

Today I’d like to write a little about the value of developing long term relationships with music. Relationships with music are no different than relationships with people, and just as truly meaningful friendships develop over time, a special performance of a piece of music comes after a long term musical relationship. To connect deeply with a piece of music takes time. To bring depth to any relationship whether musical or personal it’s important to spend time together at different times and places and in different emotional moods. In music this brings solidity to the...

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10 Techniques for Better Fast Playing

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo, Trumpet Coaching | 6 comments

A staple of the trumpet/cornet repertoire is the arrangement by Herbert L. Clarke of The Carnival of Venice. While impressive sounding, it’s not too difficult to play if it is well practiced. However, it’s very difficult to play if poorly practiced like the vast majority of students I hear practice it (and also by a good share of professionals, surprisingly). I have heard many poorly prepared performances of the Carnival of Venice in my life, and not just the Clarke arrangement- the Arban version is more difficult and is more frequently disasterous, and the Vizzutti...

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Everyone Loves Sumi Jo

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Other Great Music, Solo, Videos | 0 comments

In early February I made my debut as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in a performance of Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim partnered with the terrific soprano Sumi Jo. It was a very enjoyable musical experience for me and I learned a lot from working with her. Sumi Jo is a fabulous performer. Her voice is beautiful, clear, bright, and extremely agile. She has very high artistic standards as she has worked with the biggest names in classical music for the last 30 years. Her communication and connection with the audience is remarkable. She is also beautiful and wears striking...

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