Brass Band News: 2017 National Finals Pieces Announced

2017 National Brass Band Finals Set Works This year’s National Finals set test-pieces have been announced and are as follows: Championship Section: Gallery (Howard Snell) 1st Section: Tournament for Brass (Eric Ball) 2nd Section: Music of a Legacy (Stephen Ponsford) 3rd Section: Hinemoa (Gareth Wood) 4th Section: Petite Suite for Ballet (Eric Ball) Philip Morris… Continue reading Brass Band News: 2017 National Finals Pieces Announced

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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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How To Play: Gentleman’s Dub Club – High Grade

My brother introduced me to this excellent UK dub band after he saw them live. Their groove is infectious and they somehow manage to be extremely heavy and chill (or stoned) at the same time! I couldn’t help myself, and had to transcribe both the horn parts and Matt Roberts’ burning trumpet solo. Have a listen here… Continue reading How To Play: Gentleman’s Dub Club – High Grade