Bill Watrous

How to play in tune by skillfully hearing your pitch

The word truism came to mind after I wrote the title for this post. The only way to play better in tune is by hearing your pitch. Skillfully. Thank you Captain Obvious! But we don’t always hear our own pitch or intonation. I discovered that after listening to a recording of me of a few…

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Bill Watrous performing 40 years ago

Stan Pethel, the Professor of Music Emeritus from Berry College, sent me a cassette he found recently that was recorded 40 years ago at the 1978 International Trombone Workshop. The gem on the cassette was the performance of then 40-year old Bill Watrous.  With his trademark facility throughout the trombone’s entire range and unparalleled lyricism,…

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