- Spiral-bound: 156 pages
- Publisher: Randy C. Gardner; 1st edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0578147416
- ISBN-13: 978-0578147413
- Package Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players Spiral-bound – Unabridged, 2014
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Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players comprehensively addresses areas of musicianship and technique for performers of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Each technical area is discussed in detail, exercises and practice strategies to develop excellence are presented within the text, and skill assessments are offered. This brass method book is written to benefit brass players of all skill levels, brass instrument teachers, and music educators of varied instrumental backgrounds who are studying brass pedagogy. The author shares his wealth of experiences from over two decades as a Second Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra and eighteen years as Professor of Horn at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, affiliations with other prominent schools of music, and masterclass appearances around the globe.
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In Good Vibrations, Professor Gardner offers an exhaustive approach to the mastery of brass instruments that is rooted in solid fundamentals, strong basic musicianship, and the pursuit of an informed musical mind that guides the technical aspects of brass playing to musical excellence. Each chapter addresses an aspect of brass pedagogy (such as Chapter 3 "Tone and Dynamic Control" or Chapter 8 "Accuracy and Intonation") in great detail, with several exercises and methods of practice presented to help the player achieve mastery of the content as demonstrated by the skill assessments that are featured at the end of each chapter. Although the assessments feature literature for the horn, corresponding passages from audition repertoire for all of the other brass instruments are presented in the appendix. Through this approach, Professor Gardner has given the brass playing world perhaps the single most comprehensive text for mastery of every aspect of brass playing from an informed musical perspective.
As a collegiate horn teacher myself, I will be using this book with all of my students. I find the organized and detailed chapters to be so helpful in pointing my students to the path of success. I especially enjoyed reading the opening chapter that deals with the very foundation of musical excellence. The reader is presented with several "time savers" that offer the reader opportunities to refine one's technical proficiency and overall musicianship in quick but effective exercises. These are so helpful!!
This book is a must-have for every brass player and teacher.