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on August 14, 2014
Arnold Jacobs was one of the most influential brass teachers of the 20th century. He was a great tuba player, and was sought out by wind players to solve problems that blocked their development as musicians, which he evidently could do in just a few sessions.

When he died in 1998, a few of his students - professional musicians and teachers in their own right - had already been working on preserving his legacy for future generations. Probably the best known of those efforts is Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind. It is favored by Jacobs's students because at least half of it is biographical details.

This volume focuses just on Jacobs's teaching, and is probably a better choice for those not looking for biographical trivia. Bruce Nelson started by collecting his notes from years of studying trombone with Jacobs, and all the notes and recordings he could find from other Jacobs students. The obvious next step would be to combine and rewrite this into a concise exposition of Jacobs's teachings.

But Nelson didn't do that. He organized the material by topic, but didn't rewrite it. As much as possible, it is in Jacobs's own words. It's a little redundant at times. But far more important, nothing has been lost to an editor's pen. And reading the same idea again slightly reworded can sometimes be enough to turn confusion into understanding.

Chapter Outline:
I Concepts Fundamental to Development: Helps readers avoid common thinking patterns that get in the way of musical development. "Develop good habits; don't try to correct bad habits."
II Mental Controls: "Think product, not methodology."
III The Vibrating Embouchure: "Play music to develop the embouchure, not the other way around."
IV Breathing: "Focus on the psychology, not the mechanics of breathing."
V Tonguing: "Communicate with the tongue via diction."
VI Practicing and Performing: "Practice should always be performed musically....Avoid excessive fatigue."

It's the kind of book that offers new insights every time you read it. Highly recommended for brass players, beginner to advanced professional. Most of it is applicable to other wind players as well.
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on June 26, 2011
I am a trumpet player but still found this book by Arnold Jacobson who is mainly a tuba player extremely usefull and full of great insight into the difficuties and strategies for the playing of any brass instrument. He has a great approach and the book will be usefull to return too from time to time to reasess ones appraoch to playing his or her instrument. This book is more about the psychology of playing rather than a step by step how to. Highly recommend to every brass player regardless of their level of expertise. I have purchased plenty of books regarding playing trumpet and not all have been very useful. This one is the exception.
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on February 19, 2013
I ordered this as a Christmas gift for a great niece. It was something she had on her "wish list", so I knew it would be well-received ~~ which it was. I ordered it and had it sent directly to her home and that plan worked out perfectly.
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on February 26, 2014
Arnold Jacobs was the most outstanding brass teacher of the 20th century. Although he never wrote a method himself due to the fact that he treated each student as an individual, these well organized transcriptions of his clinics are welcome compilation of his teaching and playing methods. He said many of these same things to me during my period of study with him many years ago, and this is a welcome reminder of the knowledge he wished to impart to his students.
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on August 3, 2013
Arnold Jacobs is one of music's greats as a performer and a teacher. The advice in this book will help any musician young or old, beginner to professional performer improve their performance skills. Mr. Jacobs thoughts are must for success in any arena.
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on March 18, 2013
This is a must for brass musicians and perhaps any wind player or conductor. The only shortcoming is the organization of the book, which is a bit wandering for use as a study text in a classroom.
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on March 18, 2014
My husband has played tuba for years. He wanted this book for Christmas so I ordered it. He found a lot of helpfu information for both playing and teaching tuba. Very helpful!
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on July 1, 2013
as promised on time. Note that requiring a word count significantly decreases my desire to provide ratings for these products.
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