A Guilt Free Summer Break – Great Holiday Exercises

Keep your face in shape During a Holiday! During the summer holiday season, most brass bands have quite a busy time and are often out on Saturdays and Sundays playing in local fetes, parties and other outdoor events. It is … Continue reading

Better articulation for the trombonist

Trombone Articulation Tonguing, and developing articulation, on the trombone requires some additional focus compared with the other brass instruments. Good tonguing technique should enable a clean start to the beginning of the note.  It’s important to always remember that the … Continue reading

Give yourself a chance & sort your posture

Posture is something that can easily cause problems without you even noticing.  Very often, and particularly for some of the tuition I have received, posture isn’t always something that is concentrated on and given the correct focus right from the … Continue reading

Playing hard is not what loud is all about…

I have often observed brass playing which seems to follow a methodology and mindset that often creates some fairly poor results. One of the comments that seems to be widespread is that if  the music asks the performer to play … Continue reading

10 Top Tips for Successful Brass Playing

Here are 10 top tips for improving your own brass playing. At first, these all seem fairly common sense and easy but life will often get in the way.  What are your thoughts on these 10 top tips and what … Continue reading

Getting triple tonguing nailed with secure and solid technique

Triple and Double Tonguing Triple and double tonguing are really useful skills to develop and can help you to play faster music with greater clarity and accuracy.  As with all new skills there are good ways, and possibly not so … Continue reading

How to create, and keep, those musical New Year’s resolutions in 2013

The start of another year and that inevitable feeling that the year ahead needs to promise more than what has gone before.  Time to think about setting some goals or targets and thinking about what you would like to achieve … Continue reading