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Bill Hicks offers private trumpet lessons in his studio near Denver, PA. and also online lessons using real-time audio and video via Skype.

Former lead trumpet player with the Harry James Band, Bill Hicks was a student of the late Claude Gordon. For 17 years, while playing professionally in Los Angeles, Bill Hicks studied with Gordon, the "King of Brass." Band leader, studio musician, teacher and author, Gordon left his legacy through thousands of students like Bill and through his method books, which can still be purchased today. For more than a decade, Gordon was first trumpeter with the CBS Orchestra.

Bill Hicks emphasizes a physical approach to trumpet playing, conditioning through rigorous routines, following his teaching from Gordon. Studying with Bill in his studio prepares the professional player to meet every challenge and helps the young student blossom into an enterprising player. Bill works with a range of students from advanced to beginners and drills students on the basics. Though his teaching is based primarily on Claude Gordon's routines, he also hits a wide variety of other basic trumpet method books. Bill teaches students how to practice and how to handle the trumpet in all situations. Any student of Bill Hicks, with motivation and correct practice, will dramatically improve his or her upper and lower range, attacks, lip flexibility and all-around playing, preparing the young student to move into classical or dance band material. His students learn to handle the horn. Bill is a perfectionist in his teaching and it shows in his work, and in the work of his students.

Bill has played with a long list of artists ranging from Natalie Cole and the Four Tops, to Frank Sinatra. He also has an impressive list of recording, film and TV credits. See all his credits here.

Live Interactive Video Lessons

In addition to offering private trumpet lessons in his studio near Denver, PA., Bill also gives online lessons, using real-time audio and video via Skype™.

Forget driving back and forth, unpacking your instrument and music, and wasting valuable time before your lessons. Take lessons from the comfort of your own home. Online lessons saves you time and is more cost-effective than traveling to a studio. You can learn from a pro no matter where you are located. Move from the old ways of learning to play . . . step into a new world of real-time audio and video and take online lessons with Bill Hicks via Skype and your webcam. It's now possible to have a very effective online music lesson just by using a recent model computer, a high-quality webcam and microphone, and a high-speed Internet connection.

The Skype™ application is free to download and use, and provides excellent audio and video in a one-on-one lesson format. If you have a Skype-enabled TV, you can even have your Skype lessons on the larger screen. You'll find Skype-enabled TVs shown here

How to Schedule Online Lessons:

  • Contact Bill for lesson rates and a scheduled lesson date and time
  • Pay for your lesson using PayPal (Bill will email you an invoice)
  • Ensure that you meet the technical requirements and have the following:
  • A computer
  • High-speed or broadband Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Headphones/Speakers
  • Skype™ software installed / Skype™ username
  • Trumpet
  • Bill will initiate the Skype™ call at the allotted lesson time - all you have to do is answer the video call and take your lesson!

For more information, call the studio in Pennsylvania at (717) 805-9416 or Email Bill Hicks.

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