Listening is an important part of our musical development, but we're not always fortunate enough to hear each piece we work on live. Especially when it comes to solo literature for low brass instruments, there is a lot of great music that is under performed, but recordings allow us to continually access a performance so that we can learn from it.
High quality recordings have the following characteristics:
When looking for a recording, ask yourself if it fits these three characteristics. The resources below are by no means a complete list of places to find great recordings, but should have accessible recordings that are suitable:
The cons - only streaming, and not every recording is a good one! Listening to other students can be helpful, but try to stick to professionals to use as your model. If you don't know who the performer is, search for them online to try to find their bio, or look them up on the Trombone Page of the World or on David Werden's website (euphonium).
The cons - you have to pay for it (which is good for the music business anyway!), and similarly to YouTube, not every recording will be worth the cost. Check out the performers BEFORE you buy.
The cons - Naxos is a subscription service, so it is expensive to buy as an individual. Generally, institutions like schools and libraries pay for subscriptions for their students/patrons. See if your school has it, or convince them to subscribe!
The cons - probably a limited selection, making our low brass specific music unlikely.
The cons - may not be as accessible to someone not affiliated with the school.
The cons - this is a very specific resource, and contains only short clips. For the bigger picture, you'll need to find full parts and full length recordings.
Check back soon for information about the Region Band/All-State audition material and more! Happy listening!
With the summer in full swing, we've all had some time to relax after the school year, get back in shape, and revisit some of the music we've worked on before. But, the Region/All-State Band audition music will be posted soon and that means it's time to dive into some new etudes and solos!
So, where do we begin on this new journey? Should we just dive right in and start practicing, or are there other steps first? Here's a couple ideas:
Keep checking the TMEA website for their postings on the audition music. It should be posted around July 25th for the TBA conference. Next week, I'll have information here about high quality recordings, as well as upcoming posts about online resources, practice tips, and more.
Also, please "Like" my Facebook page and follow me on Google+ to receive updates on this blog as well as other information! I am available beginning August 4th for lessons in Tomball, so please contact me or submit the "New Student Information Form" to set up your first lesson!
Check out this video about the Eastman School of Music's Jazz Department created by the University of Rochester! The video features clips from both the New Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Jazz Ensemble, regarding our concert last April. We had the great challenge and privilege of learning our music and performing our portion of the concert entirely from memory, which was not only very fun but eye opening as well! Check out some amazing musicians and some interesting discussion, and there's even a brief clip of the trombone soli around 4:45! Enjoy!
So, now you're back in shape after some time off, and you're in the middle of summer. Schools out, and the next school year is still more than a month away. Perhaps you have a summer job, or some camps to attend, but this doesn't mean you should pack up your trombone, baritone, or euphonium until August! The summer is a great time to experiment, get a leg up before school starts, or just play for fun! Here's some options to explore:
And of course, there are plenty of other ways to stay active during the summer months, so find any music that excites you and get to playing! Use the same beautiful sound you make during the school year, and play your new music for your friends and family. And please share your music with me! I'd love to hear a performance in our next lesson, or a recording you made!
The best thing you can do is find music you enjoy and play it! Play with your friends, or play along with a recording. A quick search on YouTube might bring up some backing tracks that can let YOU play the melody too! Happy practicing!
Jeff Dunn, trombone
An avid educator, performer, and advocate for music.