Category Archives: Teaching Low Brass

“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Microphones, Mixing Boards, and Audio Interfaces…Oh, My!

I had planned to address a topic like this anyway, but a couple of weeks earlier. Events surrounding the COVID-19 virus had the contradictory effects of both making this topic very timely, but also delaying my having time to write … Continue reading

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Book Suggestion: Healing Back Pain

Lots of folks that know me—and even some that “know” me only through reading my writings here and elsewhere—know that I have suffered from chronic back and neck pain for over ten years. It began with problems with my neck … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Ergonomics, Howard Schubiner, John Sarno, Pain, Physical Fitness, Teaching Low Brass

You Don’t Always Need a Big Breath

The title of this article probably sounds downright heretical to most low brass players, but I am increasingly convinced that this is a neglected concept in both our playing and our instruction. Now let me say at the outset that … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Breathing, Contrabass Trombone, Daily Routine, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Performing, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

The Trombone Is a Musical Instrument

It almost always happens when I play a solo or chamber piece in a church service. Someone will approach me after the service, or later in the week, or even via email and say something to the effect of “Your … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Arnold Jacobs, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone, Contrabass Trombone, Euphonium, Music, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Popular Culture, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

“Insanity Brass Duo” 2020 Performance Recordings

In February 2019 University of South Carolina trombone professor Dr. Michael Wilkinson and I realized a long discussed plan to present a recital in which the two of us perform on a variety of low brass instruments. That first performance … Continue reading

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“Gadgets and Gizmos:” Tablet Computers as Sheet Music Replacements, Part 2

A little over four years ago I wrote an article defending my decision to not yet use a tablet computer for music reading, ending with the following words: Again, I am sure that at some point in the not-too-distant future … Continue reading

Posted in "Gadgets and Gizmos", Forscore, Improvisation, Instructional Technology, iPad, iRealPro, Music, Pedagogy, Performing, Practicing, Smartphones, Teaching Low Brass

The Bell is Lava!

Touching the bell in order to locate third—and sometimes even fourth—position is a common bad habit among trombonists. The reasons for this are fairly obvious. When first learning to play young musicians are taught to visually locate some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Pedagogy, Playing Fundamentals, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone