Alto trombone

A new alto trombone from a surprising source

I’ve been traveling pretty much solid since the ITF in Iowa City a few weeks ago. It feels like I’ve had a few birthdays since the event. My son and I had a great time at our table where I got to meet some great people and sell a few books. Staring me down, directly…

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Trust. Risk. Reward

I want to thank Mike Lake for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about a project we’ve been involved in together over the last few months. Douglas Yeo (Bass trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1985-2012; Professor of Trombone, Arizona State University, 2012-2016) • • • Gerry Pagano and I met in the summer…

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Free excerpt of Alto Trombone Savvy

Alto Trombone Savvy is my book dedicated to the alto trombone. It was published in January of 2017. After writing it for a while, I started to run out of strictly alto trombone content, so I started adding some good music and exercises that would be fun and helpful to tenor or bass trombone players…

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Carsten Svanberg and The Alto Clef

One of the final steps was to solicit a few testimonials from well-known players. All who have submitted one have offered some terrific advice and support along the way, and for that I am grateful. The great Carsten Svanberg, retired Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz, and very active international…

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My upcoming book on alto and tenor trombone

After years of requests for me to write some sort of book on the alto trombone, I am happy to tell you that I’ve begun the project. One thing has become clear as I’ve started writing it, however. It will be about more than the alto. There is definitely a lack of material on the alto. Peter…

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A gem of jazz alto trombone history

When people talk of jazz alto trombone, the name Tom Ervin is mentioned first. Tom was the Professor of Trombone at the University of Arizona for 36 years and was principle trombone in the Tucson Symphony for 28. As that rare breed of instrumentalist who fluently plays both jazz and classical, Tom also has the…

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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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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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A new video for the tune Sound Dunes

I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and while I was there I heard Robert Kyncl, Youtube’s Chief Business Officer, speak about power of YouTube. He brought on stage both Scooter Braun – the guy who discovered Justin Bieber – and Nick Woodman, the CEO of GoPro. These are two guys who…

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Alto trombone position and overtone guides

I was recently asked to create a positioning chart for the alto trombone. My inclination was to recommend creating one himself since the physical act of doing it will benefit the learning process. But I realize that doing things the hard way is an acquired taste and I’m glad to do the heavy lifting. The…

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