Posts Tagged ‘alto trombone’

What a dead mouse reminded me about jazz improvisation

I been listening to (obsessing on) an artist I have only recently discovered. He is a genius at rhythms and the deliberate placement of notes. His music also has a sense of humor to which I relate. I can’t think of much other music to which I occasionally laugh out loud as if I was…

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Checking in…

It’s been too long since my last post. After the International Trombone Festival this past summer, I took on the CD project of Doug Yeo and Gerry Pagano called Fratres. I am thrilled to have worked with Doug and Gerry recording the tracks, arranging some and writing an original piece. The music turned out great…

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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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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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