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 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 www.virtualtrombonist.com 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!