Lessons

Now you can study trumpet and improvisation with me in New York or via SKYPE. Lessons will help you improve your SOUND, ENDURANCE, FACILITY, RANGE and overall trumpet playing as well as develop your OWN voice as an improvisor. I have my own unique method of teaching that has evolved through years of private study and practice with trumpet icons Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, William Fielder, and many more other masters! If you are serious about improving and ready to become a better trumpet player and improvisor, I am ready to work with you. I work with ALL levels of players (beginner to pro players).

As well as being a phenomenal master of the trumpet, Richard is passionate about teaching, a rare combination.  He has an engaging and patient manner, creates a comfortable environment and simplifies the learning process by breaking down the component skills needed.
 
Richard has helped me spend my practice time more effectively and efficiently. My tone and range has improved thanks to Richard’s teaching methodology and he has helped me find more freedom to enjoy playing with mind, body and heart.
 
PS. The dogs no longer howl when I play and the wife thanks you very much.
— Will Parker, New York

I am an adult in New York, working in mid-town and learning trumpet, as my newest latest hobby, pretty much from scratch and, since I’m interested in trumpet via a jazz orientation, I can hardly think of what one would do better than taking lessons with Richard Boulger. Currently, amongst other locations where he may, he teaches in the small practice room in Jon Baltimore’s Woodwind Brass Center near Times Sq., on 46th street, which gives it all, to me, a classic, traditional, and timelessly historic feel.

Now, forewarned - I am but a beginner in so much and fairly ignorant in so many things, but, Richard seems to take a quite spiritual and holistic approach to teaching how one expresses,
and more simply - amplifies - their own singing voice through the modulation of the trumpet, perhaps highly influenced by, what I see as, the late 60s free jazz turn to the eastern chant-like, vibrational and meditative candle-flame spirituality of a number of musicians, obviously characteristic, I think, of John Coltrane and others, perhaps like Albert Ayler. But, as far as I can tell, his sound and style is quite clean, and he seems to reference so many of the things he proudly learned from Freddie Hubbard.

Richard offers no royal road to the trumpet; it’s hard work.
In my case, we drill on the open mouth piece, the open leadpipe, clear tones, chromatic steps, lip fluttering, singing and call and response, and some songs. The trumpet is not an easy instrument, but, if one comes with clear reasonable step-wise goals, Richard is inspirational enough, I think, to make one want to endure the tough journey, loving the vistas
along the way. In truth, he’s an open and inviting guy who just loves to play the trumpet and his joy at showing others the way just shines through.

In short: I am more than happy to write this recommendation if it helps others find their own path to playing trumpet through Richard, and, I believe that he can help them find their way.
— Phillip Hood, New York