Category Archives: Low Brass Resources

Summer Practice Suggestions for Low Brass Players

At the time of this posting wind, brass, and percussion juries at Ole Miss are half completed, so my students have either already begun or are preparing to begin their summer breaks. Some will be working at various jobs, some … Continue reading

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Addressing the Valsalva Maneuver in Brass Players

Earlier this week a very prominent (and much better than me!) brass player asked in an online forum if the Valsalva maneuver was still a problem seen with brass players, as he had not heard much about it recently. As … Continue reading

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Three Overall Organizing Principles for Doublers

Regular readers of this blog are by now probably tired of posts about doubling, the last several of which have served in part to promote my recent book The Low Brass Player’s Guide to Doubling. I apologize for that and plan … Continue reading

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Preparing for College and University Auditions

One of the first articles posted on this blog back in 2012 was a list of Fifteen Steps to Playing a Better All-State Audition. That piece was so popular and, I believe, so important that I have reposted it yearly … 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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“Low Brass Basics” for Doublers, Part Three

Read Part One here and Part Two here. Trombone slide positions The handslide is both a great asset and an Achilles heel for the trombonist. In skilled hands it facilitates the achievement not only of near-perfect intonation but also great … Continue reading

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“Low Brass Basics” for Doublers, Part Two

Read Part One here. The mouthpiece The mouthpiece is the chamber in which the player buzzes his lips in order to create sound on a brass instrument, and is thus the primary interface between player and instrument. In a sense, … Continue reading

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