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Pathfinder E-Course Introductory Video

Hi friends,

I have had a great time working on my new e-course for beginning trombonists, the Pathfinder Trombone Course, over the past few weeks.  I wanted to see if I could create something of value for my students and their parents, and do everything myself, and do it all at home!  I think I've succeeded!  I feel like the course should really fill a gap in the current method "books" that are available for young students.  If you agree, please share via your own social media networks.  Please take a look at the introductory video, and leave me questions about the course in the comments here, or on Facebook.  Cheers!

"Pathfinder" Trombone E-Course for Young Trombonists

Hi everyone - I hope you are all having a great summer!  Things have been busy here, but we’ve managed to get some good relaxing in as well.  I know I’ve been posting a lot of video blog (vlog) entries this summer, and quite honestly, I’ve just been enjoying making videos and the process that goes in to that!  I hope what I’ve made this summer has been interesting and helpful to you!

This week’s blog post is a little different.  I’ve been working on an idea that’s been bouncing around inside my head for quite some time now, and it’s getting close to being ready.  Every year, when I have new students starting lessons with me, I seem to take a week or two to get my footing.  I find myself searching for music, trying to find old scale sheets on the version of Finale I had three years ago, etc.  On too many occasions, I have found myself frantically writing out a new piece of music on the computer the night before a student’s lesson (or the hour before!).  This becomes especially important when I have a beginner student that needs guidance.  I decided to finally get all the materials I use with my young students together in one place, and package them together, along with a number of videos covering the fundamentals of trombone playing, as well as a complete warmup and daily routine for beginner students.  


The Pathfinder Course for Young Trombonists!

The Pathfinder Course features video content recorded in 1080p HD with excellent audio quality

The Pathfinder Course features video content recorded in 1080p HD with excellent audio quality

The real heart of the course is the warmup I’ve developed over the years for my own students.  It draws on Remington and other routines in use by many brass players.  I’ve also recorded play along videos with a metronome track, for students to cue up at home for their own practice sessions.  It’s common for students (and parents) to feel a little lost between lessons, or between days that their band class meets.  This course aims to help young trombone players practice with purpose, and to develop a daily practice habit of fundamental concepts.

When you purchase the course, you receive:

  • a comprehensive collection of short videos covering fundamentals of trombone playing (breathing, posture, mouthpiece buzzing, etc.) as well as practice skills and concepts
  • a video especially for parents
  • play along video of the entire warmup routine
  • PDF warmup booklet (3 pages)
  • handy teaching materials: scale sheet, circle of 5ths, position chart

I’m currently building the Course page on my website.  Check back at soon for more information, and to watch some sample video.  I will also be posting an introductory video in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks so much!  If you have a young student, or know parents of young students, please share this with them!


The Pathfinder Course features play along tracks for young students to practice with

The Pathfinder Course features play along tracks for young students to practice with

Many thanks to Bruce Faske! Here's another great recording to check out...

For those of you who've read my page about Dr. Neill Humfeld, you know that he was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studies with the great Emory Remington.  When he began teaching at East Texas State University, he brought the great trombone choir tradition from Eastman to Commerce.  This is a recording of Tommy Pederson's Cogent Caprice, featuring Dr. Humfeld and the trombone choir at the 1974 Texas Music Educator's Association convention.  Dr. Bruce Faske is a graduate of Texas A&M - Commerce (as ETSU is now called), and took the time to put this performance online.  Many thanks, Bruce!

The Virtual Trombonist Podcast, ep. 1: An interview with John Ohnstad

In the summer of 1993, I had the great fun and opportunity to work at Disney World as part of the All-American College Orchestra, performing at Epcot.  One of my colleague was a bass trombonist named John Ohnstad.  John was an interesting guy.  He was a fantastic musician, but wasn't a music major in college at all!  John has continued his parallel paths in both business and music, and we recently caught up at a reunion of our College Orchestra pals in Orlando.  I sat down to talk a bit with John about how he arrived at his musical career, and to also hear about his unique experiences studying with the late George Roberts. [soundcloud url="" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]

John performs with a number of groups in and around Portland, here are some links to a few of them:

Rose City Trombones

Big Horn Brass

Portland Columbia Symphony

Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band - and on their album "Speak Low/Swing Hard"

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