Category Archives: David Vining

Essential Concepts in Brass Playing 4: Airflow Is a Means, Not the End

Last week I began the third installment in this series with the following sentence: “Generous, efficient airflow is vital to playing any brass instrument, but it is important that players understand just what the role of the air is, and … Continue reading

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Missed Partials are “Real” Missed Notes

Brass players have a peculiar challenge that many other instrumentalists do not share in that in that brass instruments have multiple notes available for each fingering or slide position. This means that the player must not only depress the correct … Continue reading

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“2015 Reboot:” A New Book and a Return to Blogging

Happy New Year! It is a privilege to return to The Reforming Trombonist on this first weekend of the new year and, God willing, to resume the weekly writing schedule that I have not consistently kept since last April. While … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Every Trombonist Needs to Know About the Body, by David Vining

Vining, David. What Every Trombonist Needs to Know About the Body. Flagstaff, Arizona: Mountain Peak Music, 2010. 134pp. After recommending this volume in an earlier post with summer reading suggestions, it occurred to me that I had not yet read … Continue reading

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