Category Archives: Low Brass Resources

Bass Trombone as the Primary Instrument: A Report

For basically the entire year from May 2016 to May 2017 I moved from my usual practice of treating the large tenor trombone as my primary instrument to placing the bass trombone in that role. While for the entirety of … Continue reading

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Choosing a Contrabass Tuba: BB-flat or CC?

In the past few months I have had several students at both the college and high school levels ask me for guidance regarding purchasing their first tubas. Given the state of the national economy generally and Mississippi’s perennial status as … Continue reading

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The Utility of Clef Studies for Future Band Directors

The necessity of learning to read proficiently in tenor and alto clefs is a bane to many trombone players at the college and university level. In most countries the sheet music used for initial trombone instruction and performance is written … Continue reading

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Tuba Doubling Report

Although I’ve taught applied tuba for twelve of the fifteen years that I have taught applied lessons at the university level, I have only seriously practiced the instrument and become reasonably proficient at performing on it in the past year … Continue reading

Posted in Doubling, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Mouthpieces, Music, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performance Videos, Performances, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Low Brass Player's Guide to Doubling, Tuba

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

Posted in Alto Trombone, Auditions, Bass Trombone, Daily Routine, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Low Brass Resources, Method Books, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Trombone, Tuba

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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