Brass Performance and Pedagogy by Keith JohnsonThis complete book presents an approach to playing and teaching brass instruments that is based on the fundamental skills of good listening and good respiratory practices. It emphasizes the importance of developing these and other traditional skills--such as embouchure development, articulation, tone quality, range and stamina--through musical ideas rather than isolating on individual muscular behavior. Careful attention is paid to the natural way in which learning takes place in other skills and shows how such processes may be applied to learning to play a brass instrument. Chapter topics cover the art of teaching, listening, developing a concept of sound, posture, breathing, mouthpiece playing, the warm-up, slurring, intonation, endurance, taking auditions, playing high pitched instruments, performance anxiety, and professional ethics. For teachers who deal with brass students at all stages of development.
The Tuba Source Book by R. Winston Morris; Edward R. Goldstein (As told to)A massive research effort by leading professional tubists in 36 countries presents a comprehensive picture of the tuba. The ""baby"" of the orchestra, the tuba was ""born"" in 1835. The first major solo compositions for the instrument appeared only in the 1950s, but in the next forty years the body of literature for the tuba increased at an amazing pace. The first several chapters of The Tuba Source Book identify that literature by ensemble type. They provide bibliographic data and descriptions of 1,900 pieces for tuba and keyboard, 234 for tuba and band, 1,056 for tuba ensemble, 106 for tuba and strings, and 258 for unaccompanied tuba, as well as hundreds of works in other categories and 456 methods and studies. The chapter entitled ""Recommended Basic Repertoire"" is subdivided by level, from high school through professional, and ""Orchestral Excerpts"", in addition to listing 146 works that every tubist should know, includes advice on how to audition. The Tuba Source Book also offers an extensive discography (400 entries), a very complete bibliography, biographies of professional tubists, career advice, guidelines for composing and arranging music for the tuba, and lists of instrument builders and sources of tuba equipment. This encyclopedic volume fills a need for tubists at all levels of study and accomplishment. It is invaluable for composers, music educators, conductors, administrators, librarians, historians, and everyone who enjoys the art of tuba performance.
Trumpet Technique by Frank Gabriel CamposIn the last forty years, many elite performers in the arts have gleaned valuable lessons and techniques from research and advances in sport science, psychomotor research, learning theory, and psychology. Numerous "peak performance" books have made these tools and insights available to athletes. Now, professor and performer Frank Gabriel Campos has translated this concept for trumpet players and other brass and wind instrumentalists, creating an accessible and comprehensive guide to performance skill. Trumpet Technique combines the newest research on skill acquisition and peak performance with the time-honored and proven techniques of master teachers and performers. All aspects of brass technique are discussed in detail, including the breath, embouchure, oral cavity, tongue, jaw, and proper body use, as well as information on performance psychology, practice techniques, musicians' occupational injuries, and much more. Comprehensive and detailed, Trumpet Technique is an invaluable resource for performers, teachers, and students at all levels seeking to move to the highest level of skill with their instrument.