Claude Gordon

Claude Eugene Gordon (April 5, 1916 – May 16, 1996) was an American trumpet player, band director, educator, lecturer and writer.

Claude Gordon

QuotesEdit

  • Big breath, chest up!
    • Phrase on one of three rubber stamps Gordon used with students according to Jeff Purtle
  • Hit it hard, and wish it well.
    • Common saying of Gordon according to Jeff Purtle in his 2016 eBook titled the same
  • Brass playing is no harder than deep breathing.
    • Belief articulated by Gordon and title of his 1987 book, originating from Herbert Clarke
  • Watch the tongue.
    • Phrase on one of three rubber stamps Gordon used with students
  • The air does the work. The tongue channels the pitch.
    • Common saying of Gordon while working on Tongue Level Exercises according to Jeff Purtle
  • Let the air save your lip.
    • Another saying of Gordon according to Jeff Purtle
  • Let the air do the work.
    • Another saying of Gordon according to Jeff Purtle
  • Rest as much as you play.
    • Frequent cautionary statement made by Gordon
  • Lift fingers high, strike valves hard.
    • Phrase on one of three rubber stamps Gordon used with students
  • Don't stop where I have, but go further.
    • Gordon's encouragement to students, originally from Herbert Clarke
  • You could have a lip strong enough to lift that piano and still not be able to play a low C!


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