Practice Tips: Effective Practice Using The Pomodoro Technique

Utilizing the Pomodoro Technique for Effective Practice Many musicians struggle to get the most out of their practice time. With a seemingly endless list of things to cover, it’s all too easy to end up spending a couple of hours glossing over things aimlessly without actually learning anything! One of my favourite ways to get… Continue reading Practice Tips: Effective Practice Using The Pomodoro Technique

How To Clean A Trombone Mouthpiece

Keeping your mouthpiece clean is an important part of instrument maintenance. Recent studies have shown that unclean wind and brass instruments can even be damaging to your health. This article will show you how to clean a trombone mouthpiece and keep your ‘bone looking spotless! Recommended Product The Monster Oil Trombone Care and Cleaning Kit… Continue reading How To Clean A Trombone Mouthpiece

Best Bass Trombone Method Books

In this post we’ll be looking at some of the best bass trombone method books available. Bass trombonists have always had difficulty finding good methods and resources to learn from, probably because of the comparative newness of the modern double valve instrument when compared to other brass – especially the tenor trombone. However, we will also… Continue reading Best Bass Trombone Method Books

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Best Bass Trombone Harmon Mutes

In this post we’ll be comparing the various brands of harmon mute (also known as a ‘wah-wah’ mute) available for the bass trombone. Although not a massively common mute, it is asked for increasingly often especially in contemporary music and brass band music. Because of the relative rarity of this mute, it’s worth getting a good… Continue reading Best Bass Trombone Harmon Mutes

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Trombone Break from Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Entr’acte)

This month I went on tour with a big band and had a blast playing Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. This was a perfect excuse to do a little transcription of the solo trombone break in movement 5, the Entr’acte! In the recording, it is played with what sounds like either a closed plunger or a… Continue reading Trombone Break from Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Entr’acte)

Transcription: J. J. Johnson’s solo on ‘My Funny Valentine’

As a lowly classical trombone student, I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons, and recently this has been taking the form of dipping my toes into jazz. Regardless of what you study, transcription is great practise for the ears and I’m trying to make a habit of doing it more often! Here’s a transcription… Continue reading Transcription: J. J. Johnson’s solo on ‘My Funny Valentine’

New Arrangement Available – Kyrie (de Févin/Divitis)

I’ve just uploaded a new arrangement to Sheetmusicplus, a trombone quartet transcription of the Kyrie from ‘Missa Pro fidelibus defunctis‘ (by either Antoine de Févin or Antoine Divitis – nobody is sure!). This is a lovely piece of Renaissance music suitable for players of all abilities, although the top part will require some stamina in… Continue reading New Arrangement Available – Kyrie (de Févin/Divitis)