|Blazhevich|| Low Range Studies (Vernon)
Low Range Studies for Trombone is a subset of etudes from the famous School for Trombone in Clefs (aka "Clef Studies"). They have been selected, transposed, edited and annotated by Chicago Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Charles Vernon. Mr. Vernon has selected 60 of his favorite studies to help tenor trombonists with low range development, and to provide bass trombone players with some extra "bread and butter range" etudes.
Mr. Vernon believes it is important for tenor trombonists to maintain this vulnerable register on a daily basis. Second trombone and bass trombone players constantly play in this register in ensembles. Tenor trombonists who don't work in the middle/low register will have many difficulties playing these studies. This register is a primary building block to producing a free, open and easy sound over the entire range of the instrument. 59 pages. UPC: 659550951043.
|Blazhevich|| School for Trombone in Clefs (Kharlamov/Deryugin/Stare)
The School for Trombone in Clefs (a.k.a. "Clef Studies") is now available in a newly revised urtext edition. The School for Clefs first appeared in 1925. A later edition appeared in 1939 that represented the full maturation of the composer's ideas. Today's new "original authentic" edition is based on that final 1939 Russian publication. It corrects errors and omissions found in previous editions which had been based on the 1925 version. It also removes all non authentic editorial content such as dynamics, articulations and tempo indications, and the original Forward by Blazhevich has been restored. Thus, in this edition, the music and text are returned to their authentic state, exactly as Blazhevich intended. As an added feature, each section of the book and many of the individual studies have been annotatated by Ward Stare, principal trombonist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. BONUS: Alto Studies: Also included as a bonus in this new edition are the Alto Studies, previously unpublished and available here for the first time. Covering 50 pages, these 41 fully developed studies help the trombonist not only gain basic ability in alto clef, but also obtain technical proficiency to full mastery. Appropriate for either alto or tenor trombone. 161 pages total.
|Blazhevich|| Sequences (Mulcahy/Kharlamov/Deryugi)
First published in 1925, this newly engraved 2008 volume is a faithful rendering of the original work, with no additional editorial marks with the exception of error corrections (these are clearly indicated in grayscale). Annotated by Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonist Michael Mulcahy, this volume is highly useful for the study of rhythmic accuracy, articulation, clefs and of course, musicality. Edition by Andrey Kharlamov, Michael Deryugin and Michael Mulcahy. 55 pages. "The repetitive nature of these studies offers a particularly valuable opportunity for the fortification of the accuracy that is required at orchestral auditions. Although six of these sequences are lyrical in nature, the emphasis is very much on articulation, passagework and agility. To that extent, Blazhevich's focus in these studies is considerably more systematically technical than his more famous School in Clefs. Rhythm is the likely culprit for the most common carelessness on our instrument. Perhaps our repertoire features less rhythmic intricacy than the repertoire of the violin or piano, but that is no excuse for a lack of accuracy. When Blazhevich began the composition of these Sequences for Trombone, he had been solo trombonist of the Bolshoi for 14 years. I theorize that these etudes are his specific response to the consistency required of the professional trombonist and an excellent preparation for the successful realization of an orchestral audition. --Michael Mulcahy. NOTE: This 26 Sequences is the official replacement for the various "Sequences" books and variants previously published by International Music, Accura and others.
|Concone|| Legato Studies (40) (Miller)
A popular alternative to the Bordogni/Rochut Melodious Etudes. These 40 vocalise transcriptions are good for development of lyrical style as well as rhythm and technique. Set in bass clef.
|Edwards|| Introductory Studies in Tenor/Alto Clef
Subtitled "Before Blazhevich," this book uses a mixture of exercises and short etudes to help teach tenor and alto clef quickly and effectively. Using a system of "guidepost notes," students learn a few easily recognizable pitches and then progress smoothly to more challenging material. The first main section of the book focuses on tenor clef (75 exercises); the second on alto clef (36 exercises). Six final etudes use all three clefs. Special sections are devoted to the skills of reading B-flat treble clef and bass clef transposed as tenor clef down an octave. Unlike other popular methods, these original exercises and etudes avoid rote learning and "playing by ear." Most of the etudes include pedagogical commentary and also serve as good musical character studies. Melodies sometimes take unexpected turns to keep students on their toes. Can also be used as sight-reading practice for more advanced students. 56 pages.
"Great book, well organized. A very interesting and useful step by step method to learning clefs. Particularly useful is Brad's idea of guidepost notes. Highly recommended!"
|Edwards|| Lip Slurs-Exercises for Tone & Technique
Lip Slurs is an 84-page comprehensive supplement for any trombone (or euphonium) player wishing to build technique and improve tone quality. The difficulty ranges from basic to virtuoso. It includes three main sections:
1. Slow Slurs - To build tone, improve range and develop control;
2. Fast Slurs - To build facility throughout the range of the instrument;
3. Lip Slur Melodies - Etudes reminiscent of the Bordogni vocalizes with an interesting twist: all the legato phrases can be played completely with natural lip slurs.
In his book "Lip Slurs," Brad Edwards has taken an important part of the trombone player's daily routine and added clarity to it. His approach is sensible, the exercises are comprehensive and the result is undeniably positive. Kudos to Brad Edwards for this excellent addition to the trombone repertoire; he has brought the concept of the lip slur forward to the post-modern trombonist who may have mistakenly thought that he already understood the subject well enough.
"I think it is the best comprehensive lip slur book I have ever used. I would recommend this book for all levels beginning through professional and tenor through bass, just great!"
I've been making my way through your Lip Slurs book, and I'm really excited about it. You have hit the nail on the head with this approach, and I think it will become a staple in the etude repertoire. Every chance I get, I've been telling trombone players to watch for its publication. You should consider putting it in treble clef and selling it for trumpet and horn players. Consider how many books we play on trombone that were originally for trumpet or horn.
|Kleinhammer & Yeo|| Mastering the Trombone [4th edition]
Textbook. Written by Edward Kleinhammer in collaboration with his former student, Douglas Yeo, Mastering the Trombone represents Edward Kleinhammer's most recent thinking regarding the essential elements of trombone playing. His clear, step-by-step, common-sense approach to the fundamentals of performance cover every aspect of playing including rhythm, legato, buzzing, tone quality, breath control, a daily routine, preparations for taking auditions and much more. All trombonists, from the beginning student to the most seasonsed professional and including both tenor and bass trombonists, will appreciate the over 100 musical examples and exercises that systematically guide players through the skills required in the process of Mastering the Trombone. 76 pages with illustrations, exercises and examples. UPC: 659550012300
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