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Ryon Bean - Low Brass Specialist!

Hi everyone! My name is Ryon Bean and I am the newest member of the Pickett/Blackburn front-of-house team. I am a trombonist and I am looking forward to bolstering Pickett/Blackburn’s presence in the low brass world. I’m very excited to work with our low brass customers to ensure they receive the quality service and products that they need!



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The soundcheck: Tips and tricks for horn players.


Throughout the years as a commercial trumpeter I have learned to adapt to changing music venues, sound engineers, and various horn sections. Be prepared for anything, and I mean anything during the sound check. On numerous occasions the vocalist, or another band member asks for the songs to be performed in a different key or arrangement the day of the gig. Common transpositions and using your ears to perform is key.  Transposition skills are not just for classical musicians, it is for all musicians!

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Resistance and efficiency. Do they matter?

Of course they do!  When determining the ideal amount of resistance, the first factor to consider would be which style, ensemble, or musical direction that you have in mind. Whether you're performing lead in a jazz band or 2nd trumpet in the local symphony, your mouthpiece choice plays an integral part in your approach. Once you identify your musical needs, you can then begin the mouthpiece search. 

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