Lip Slurs: Progressive Exercises for the Development of Tone and Technique
[/i] is a great resource! It is full of concise guidance and pleasant exercises which will develop not just tone and technique, but rhythm and intonation as well. Dr. Edwards' instructions are succinct and well placed.
Dr. Edwards likes to encourage trombonists to play simple melodies, and he brings that point of view to his slurs. The book has, in its 84 pages, (1)
lots of slow slurs, (2)
lots of fast slurs, and (3)
twenty pleasant melodies that can be played without tonguing! It also has suggested routines suggested at six levels of difficulty.
Pedagogy has come a long way since my teacher, John Coffey, implored his students, "Keep up with the blow, kid," or "Tongue and blow." Brad Edwards' new book is really one up on the legato style teachers and the Caruso and Stamp disciples. His arpeggiated and melodic slur exercises, with his articulate instructions, give us interesting material to practice.
At $16, the book is a bargain, too.
I found my copy at Hickey's
, where it's item 58960.