Archive for February 2016

Microphones for recording trombone

A subscriber recently asked me a very good question. He asked what microphone I use. He also asked for a mic recommendation. I think, however, the microphone is only half the answer. Let me explain. The mic I use is a Neumann M149. At $5,000, it is out of the price range of many recording enthusiasts.…

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A tip for mastering the alto trombone

Mastering the alto trombone

I get a lot of requests for advice on playing the alto trombone, so I created a video that demonstrates a method for practicing the alto that I used when I first started out and still use today: playing tenor trombone music a fourth up so that you are playing the same partials on the alto,…

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And a great time was had by all…

Friday night’s quartet performance with Russell Schmidt, Will Goble and Rob Moore at the Emerson Art Gallery brought out the magic of jazz that has fueled my passion for the music for the past forty years. It’s been way too long since I’ve lead a performance. Friday gave me the pleasure of choosing some of my favorite tunes…

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How to improve your jazz improvisation on trombone

    Playing jazz well on trombone requires a number of skills including: a certain level of technical facility on the horn fluency with the many flavors and keys of scales a knowledge of harmony and chord progressions To build these skills requires coordination between your ear and your arm. To put it another way, the…

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What mouthpiece should I use for an alto trombone?

Without a doubt, this is the question I am asked the most. I’ll give you the answer I give people pretty much each time I am asked. “It depends.” I think it depends on the sound you are after and the style you wish to play on the alto. When I made the switch from…

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My creative process for composing new music

I recently sent out a survey to my longer-term subscribers asking their opinion on the music they’ve received and on topics of interest from which I would write and/or create videos. I’ve received lots of very good topics and questions that will feed the blog and YouTube channel for a while. So, please keep them…

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