Breathing Book for Tenor Trombone


The Breathing Book for Tenor Trombone by David Vining is appropriate for college through professional trombone players.

Breathing is one of the most important fundamental skills for trombone playing because it provides the foundation for many of our other fundamentals including tone, articulation, range, endurance, intonation, flexibility, and phrasing. If you want to improve one of these important musical attributes, start by improving your breathing. The Breathing Book is a blended textbook and method book—it contains information about breathing and activities designed to help you use the knowledge as you play trombone. The Breathing Book is not an exercise book—it's a "learn how to move" book and includes videos for some of the chapters and movements to clarify the content. The Breathing Book explores all the individual movements of breathing and, in the end, will help you coalesce them into a singular, well-coordinated, and organic motion.

“The Breathing Book provides clear and specific guidance to develop effective breathing skills, including maximizing air capacity, control, and power. The reader will find many great new ideas to simplify the process of inhaling and exhaling effectively, and even relaxing while practicing and performing. This book has given me ideas that I can incorporate into my own playing. Have fun exploring your most musical and relaxed breath!” - Peter Steiner, Trombone Soloist

“The Breathing Book is the rare brass resource that is just as beneficial for the developing trombonist as it is for the seasoned professional. David Vining…present[s] the trombone-specific fundamentals of breathing and air usage that are sure to improve every aspect of what you seek to do on the trombone, no matter the genre of your playing. No other resource that I have used is as clearly presented, exhaustive, and immediately helpful than The Breathing Book.” - Randy Campora, Bass Trombonist, Baltimore Symphony; Brass Lecturer, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

39 pages, spiral bound to lay flat on the music stand

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Flow Studies for Tenor Trombone: A Daily Phrasing and Technique Regimen is a companion book to this volume, offering etudes to incorporate the knowledge gained from The Breathing Book. Click here to order the Breathing/Flow Bundle for Tenor Trombone at a discount.

For trombone players wanting to get healthy and stay healthy, try our Healthy Pack! This set of valuable resources also includes: Cross Training for Musicians: An Interdisciplinary Guide Promoting Healthy Music Making and Notes of Hope: Stories by Musicians Coping with Injuries. Click here to order the Healthy Pack for Tenor Trombone at a discount.

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