trumpet lessons with david bilger

Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Prof of Trumpet Curtis Institute, Temple University
Intermediate to Advanced, Audition Prep

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Learn Online with Trumpet Lessons from David Bilger

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, offering tips about how to improve. All students can access David’s Video Exchange library, which may contain the key to unlock your playing.


Top Quality Trumpet Lessons

  • 100s of trumpet lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from fundamentals to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
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  • Submit practice videos to David Bilger
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster
 
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David Bilger Trumpet Lessons

Click a lesson category below to explore the curriculum
  • Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Lessons
  • Advanced Lessons
  • Professional Lessons
  • Etudes
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Repertoire

Fundamentals

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

Intermediate Lessons

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

Advanced Lessons

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

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
  • Pops Concert Playing
  • Audition Preparation and Performance
  • Situational Dynamics
  • Constructing Cadenzas

Etudes

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

Orchestral Excerpts

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

Solo Repertoire

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