Flow Studies for Bass Trombone by David Vining, edited by John Rojak, is appropriate for high school through professional trombone players.
Flow Studies is designed to help you develop air flow efficiency by playing musical phrases in a wide array of ranges, keys, and rhythms. The etudes are presented in a daily format with eight etudes per day, for a total of 56 etudes. Flow Studies offers a musical way to cultivate the important technical skill of breath control, and musical incentives are always more compelling to musicians than technical ones!
"David Vining's Flow Studies are an essential addition to the daily routine of trombonists at any level. I have really enjoyed learning all of these exercises and am sure that you will find them as useful as I have. This book is very thoughtfully laid out, with eight unique exercises for each day of the week. There is a wide stylistic variety throughout the book, and every part of the routine has helpful hints or features to focus on. As a former student of David's, I know how important that control of the air is to him, and his ideas really encouraged my own development. Another of my former teachers, John Rojak, carefully edited these studies to be optimal on the bass trombone. Having these two famous trombonists working together has resulted in a collection of etudes that will be a standard of the repertoire. Play through this book over the course of a week, and you may never take it off of your music stand!" - George Curran - Bass Trombone, New York Philharmonic
"I love these exercises. I find them to be a great approach to developing a light touch in my playing. They help me focus on the special kind of air and chop coordination necessary for smoothness and flexibility in so many facets of my playing. Furthermore, they are divided up into a weekly progression that helps to prevent the danger of falling into a rut. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a student trying to understand how to structure your practice, this format is both instructive and convenient. These flow studies should be a part of everyone’s routine!" - Colin Williams – Associate Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
“This method has been successfully designed to be a fun, thorough, and effective way to address one of the most important challenges facing all trombonists: breath control. Flow Studies should be a staple in every trombonist's compilation of method books.” - John Drew, Professor of Trombone, Florida State University
59 pages, spiral bound to lay flat on the music stand