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David Bilger has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of trumpet lessons. Students have unlimited access to David’s entire trumpet method plus notation and other study materials. 

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. David Bilger reviews each submission and records a video response, offerings tips about how to improve. All students can access David’s Video Exchange library, which may contain the key to unlock your playing.


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  • All levels from fundamentals to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
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David Bilger Trumpet Lessons

  • Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Lessons
  • Advanced Lessons
  • Professional Lessons
  • Etudes
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Repertoire

Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Trumpet Fundamentals
  • Holding the Instrument
  • Breathing - Part 1
  • Buzzing
  • Developing Your Sound
  • Single Tonguing - Part 1
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Intonation - Part 1
  • Rhythmic Basics
  • Basic Practice Habits
  • Posture

Intermediate Lessons

  • Introduction to Intermediate Trumpet
  • Buzzing - Part 2
  • Breathing - Part 2
  • Single Tonguing - Part 2
  • Multiple Tonguing Basics - Part 1
  • Multiple Tonguing Basics - Part 2
  • Flexibility to Extend Range - Part 1
  • Flexibility to Extend Range - Part 2
  • Dynamic Range - Part 1
  • Dynamic Range - Part 2
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Rhythmic Subdivision
  • Vibrato
  • Intonation - Part 2
  • The Use and Tuning of Mutes - Part 1
  • The Use and Tuning of Mutes - Part 2
  • Flow Studies for Developing Phrasing
  • Practice Tips - Part 1
  • Practice Tips - Part 2
  • Introduction to the C Trumpet

Advanced Lessons

  • Introduction to Advanced Trumpet
  • Buzzing - Part 3
  • Pedal Tones
  • Lip Trills for Ultimate Range Development
  • Developing an Even Sound Across Registers
  • Dynamic Range Development - Part 2
  • Multiple Tonguing of Difficult Passages
  • Finger Dexterity of Difficult Passagework
  • Mixed Meter Rhythms
  • Transposition
  • Intonation
  • Defining Style
  • Defining and Refining Practice Routine
  • Employing Different Keyed Trumpets - Part 1
  • Employing Different Keyed Trumpets - Part 2
  • Recital Planning and Competitions - Part 1
  • Recital Planning and Competitions - Part 2

Professional Lessons

  • Introduction to Professional Trumpet
  • Extended Techniques
  • Using Vibrato for Musical Effect
  • Moving Easily Between Styles
  • The Role of Different Orchestral Section Members
  • Balancing Practice with a Difficult Performance Schedule - Part 1
  • Balancing Practice with a Difficult Performance Schedule - Part 2
  • Pops Concert Playing
  • Audition Preparation and Performance - Part 1
  • Audition Preparation and Performance - Part 2
  • Situational Dynamics
  • Constructing Cadenzas

Etudes

  • Introduction to Etudes
  • Longinotti- Etude in form of a Cadenza - Analysis
  • Longinotti- Etude in form of a Cadenza - Performance
  • Charlier- Etude #3 - Analysis Part 1
  • Charlier- Etude #3 - Analysis Part 2
  • Charlier- Etude #3 - Performance
  • Bordogni- Etude #3 - Analysis Part 1
  • Bordogni- Etude #3 - Analysis Part 2
  • Bordogni- Etude #3 - Performance
  • Arban- Characteristic Study #4 - Analysis Part 1
  • Arban- Characteristic Study #4 - Analysis Part 2
  • Arban- Characteristic Study #4 - Performance
  • Charlier- Etude #13 - Analysis Part 1
  • Charlier- Etude #13 - Analysis Part 2
  • Charlier- Etude #13 - Performance

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Introduction to Orchestral Excerpts
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 2nd Mvt- Performance
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 2nd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt- Analysis
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt- Performance
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Bartok- Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Beethoven - Leonore Overture 3- Analysis
  • Beethoven - Leonore Overture 3- Performance
  • Beethoven - Leonore Overture 3- Performance with Piano
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9, 4th Mvt- Analysis
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9, 4th Mvt- Performance
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9, 4th Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Beethoven - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Bizet - Carmen, Prelude to Act 1- Analysis Part 1
  • Bizet - Carmen, Prelude to Act 1- Analysis Part 2
  • Bizet - Carmen, Prelude to Act 1- Performance
  • Bizet - Carmen, Prelude to Act 1- Performance with Piano
  • Bizet - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, End of 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, End of 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, End of 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 4th Mvt- Analysis
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 4th Mvt- Performance
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, 4th Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Brahms - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Copland - Outdoor Overture- Analysis
  • Copland - Outdoor Overture- Performance
  • Copland - Outdoor Overture- Performance with Piano
  • Copland - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Debussy - Fetes- Analysis Part 1
  • Debussy - Fetes- Analysis Part 2
  • Debussy - Fetes- Performance
  • Debussy - Fetes- Performance with Piano
  • Debussy - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 46-47- Analysis
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 46-47- Performance
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 46-47- Performance with Piano
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 57-59- Analysis
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 57-59- Performance
  • Gershwin - American in Paris, 57-59- Performance with Piano
  • Gershwin - Concerto in F, 2nd Mvt- Analysis
  • Gershwin - Concerto in F, 2nd Mvt- Performance
  • Gershwin - Concerto in F, 2nd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Gershwin - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 1st Mvt- Part 1- Analysis Part 1
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 1st Mvt- Part 1- Analysis Part 2
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 1st Mvt- Part 1- Performance with Piano
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 1st Mvt- Part 2- Analysis
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 1st Mvt- Part 2- Performance with Piano
  • Haydn - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 3rd Mvt- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 3rd Mvt- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 3rd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #3, 3rd Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Mahler - Symphony #3, 3rd Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Mahler - Symphony #3, 3rd Mvt- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #3, 3rd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 3rd Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Beginning- Analysis Part 1
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Beginning- Analysis Part 2
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Beginning- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Beginning- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 7- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Performance
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 13- Performance with Piano
  • Mahler - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition- Analysis Part 1
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition- Analysis Part 2
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition- Performance
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition- Performance with Piano
  • Mussorgsky - "Samuel Goldenberg"- Analysis Part 1
  • Mussorgsky - "Samuel Goldenberg"- Analysis Part 2
  • Mussorgsky - "Samuel Goldenberg"- Performance
  • Mussorgsky - "Samuel Goldenberg"- Performance with Piano
  • Mussorgsky - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Ravel - Bolero- Analysis
  • Ravel - Bolero- Performance
  • Ravel - Bolero- Performance with Piano
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 2-3- Analysis Part 1
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 2-3- Analysis Part 2
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 2-3- Performance
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 2-3- Performance with Piano
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 34-End- Analysis
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 34-End- Performance
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 34-End- Performance with Piano
  • Ravel - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Beginning to 3- Analysis
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Beginning to 3- Performance
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Beginning to 3- Performance with Piano
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 5-6- Analysis
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 5-6- Performance
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 5-6- Performance with Piano
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 6-8- Analysis
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 6-8- Performance
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 1st Mvt, Rehearsal 6-8- Performance with Piano
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 2nd Mvt- Performance
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome, 2nd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Respighi - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 3rd Mvt- Analysis
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 3rd Mvt- Performance
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 3rd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, Rehearsal C-E- Analysis
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, Rehearsal C-E- Performance
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, Rehearsal C-E- Performance with Piano
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, 6 Before Q-R- Analysis
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, 6 Before Q-R- Performance
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt, 6 Before Q-R- Performance with Piano
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Cappricio Espagnol- Beginning of Pt. 4- Analysis
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Cappricio Espagnol- Beginning of Pt. 4- Performance
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Cappricio Espagnol- Beginning of Pt. 4- Performance with Piano
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Schumann - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Schumann - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Schumann - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Schumann - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Schumann - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 2nd Mvt- Performance
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 2nd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 4th Mvt- Analysis
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 4th Mvt- Performance
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto, 4th Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Shostakovich - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Strauss - Don Juan- Analysis Part 1
  • Strauss - Don Juan- Analysis Part 2
  • Strauss - Don Juan- Performance
  • Strauss - Don Juan- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat Offstage, 42-43- Analysis
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat Offstage, 42-43- Performance
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat Offstage, 42-43- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- E flat, 7 Before 50-54- Analysis Part 1
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- E flat, 7 Before 50-54- Analysis Part 2
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- E flat, 7 Before 50-54- Performance
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- E flat, 7 Before 50-54- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, Rehearsal 58-66- Analysis
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, Rehearsal 58-66- Performance
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, Rehearsal 58-66- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, 78 to 4 after 79- Analysis
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, 78 to 4 after 79- Performance
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben- B flat, 78 to 4 after 79- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Zarathustra, Rehearsal 18-19- Analysis
  • Strauss - Zarathustra, Rehearsal 18-19- Performance
  • Strauss - Zarathustra, Rehearsal 18-19- Performance with Piano
  • Strauss - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance- Analysis Part 1
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance- Analysis Part 2
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance- Performance
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance- Performance with Piano
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 1- Analysis
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 1- Performance
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 1- Performance with Piano
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 2- Analysis
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 2- Performance
  • Stravinsky - Petrouchka, Waltz Part 2- Performance with Piano
  • Stravinsky - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Neapolitan Dance- Analysis
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Neapolitan Dance- Performance
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Neapolitan Dance- Performance with Piano
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt- Analysis
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt- Performance
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Tchaikovsky - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, First Passage- Analysis
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, First Passage- Performance
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, First Passage- Performance with Piano
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, Second Passage- Analysis
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, Second Passage- Performance
  • Wagner - Parsifal Prelude, Second Passage- Performance with Piano
  • Wagner - Orchestral Excerpts Call for Video

Solo Repertoire

  • Introduction to Solo Repertoire
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Analysis Part 1
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Analysis Part 2
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Analysis Part 3
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Analysis Part 4
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Performance with Piano Part 1
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Performance with Piano Part 2
  • Arutunian - Concerto for Trumpet and Piano- Cadenza- Performance with Piano
  • Arutunian - Call for Video
  • Pennequin - Concert Piece- Analysis Part 1
  • Pennequin - Concert Piece- Analysis Part 2
  • Pennequin - Concert Piece- Performance with Piano Part 1
  • Pennequin - Concert Piece- Performance with Piano Part 2
  • Pennequin - Concert Piece- Performance with Piano Part 3
  • Pennequin - Call for Video
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 2nd Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Haydn - Concerto in E flat, 2nd Mvt- Performance with Piano
  • Haydn - Call for Video
  • Hindemith - Sonata, First Half of 1st Mvt- Analysis Part 1
  • Hindemith - Sonata, First Half of 1st Mvt- Analysis Part 2
  • Hindemith - Sonata, First Half of 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano Part 1
  • Hindemith - Sonata, First Half of 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano Part 2
  • Hindemith - Sonata, First Half of 1st Mvt- Performance with Piano Part 3
  • Hindemith - Call for Video
  • Ropartz - "Andante and Allegro"- Analysis Part 1
  • Ropartz - "Andante and Allegro"- Analysis Part 2
  • Ropartz - "Andante and Allegro"- Performance with Piano Part 1
  • Ropartz - "Andante and Allegro"- Performance with Piano Part 2
  • Ropartz - Call for Video

About David

As the Principal Trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995, has also played with the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, as well as numerous Chamber ensembles.

A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and the University of Illinois, David Bilger currently serves on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Temple University, and the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. 

In additional to his online trumpet lessons online at ArtistWorks, Bilger has taught master classes at institutions including Juilliard, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. As a recording artist, Bilger has worked with composer Meg Bowes on electro-acoustic music for synthesizers and trumpet.


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