Many, many moons ago when starting Grad School, a famous woodwind player from a major orchestra said to me, "The modern trombone player is just a boob, no creativity whatsoever!" As you can imagine, I found the remark insulting, but I didn't just brush it off (it's still with me today!). My understanding is that it may have been in reference to some trombone players lacking in musicality. However, reading forums about music making, this seems to be a common theme among all musicians but that's another topic altogether.
One very creative trombone player and I happen to think that there are many, has released the first three chapters from a book he's working on entitled, "Metaphor Your Music." Dr. Tom Gibson is the name of this very creative fellow and I enjoy his podcasts, "Trombone Lessons.Com" (on iTunes). Tom is full of love of life and trombone, and a very positive force in the teaching world.
In the introduction, Tom writes about the importance of including all five senses in your musical expression and telling a story. So many musicians I hear (including myself when I'm not present) just play or try to be good, leaving the music practically devoid of life and spirit. When I do hear musicians who speak to me (regardless of ability level), I feel inspired and energized. Just reading the first three chapters has already motivated me to be even more present in my music making, and to further seek out what I need to say. Thank you Tom!
I've included the pdf files here because Tom said it was OK to pass them on. You can also get them from his podcast mentioned above.
Thanks for reading!
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Chili notes (in Germany and Europe) Volume 1 Volume 2
If you have any specific questions or comments on breathing and posture, send me e-mail and I’ll try to respond in a future blog. Until then, breathe life into your music!