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The Trombone ForumTeaching & LearningPedagogy(Moderators: JP, Doug Elliott) Building a student's sound concept
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« Reply #20 on: Mar 07, 2017, 12:35PM »

 :D I thought Nanook might have an opinion on this one!  :D
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« Reply #21 on: Mar 08, 2017, 03:02AM »

she seems to be able to focus although she gets a bit irritated with doing basics over and over. I want lessons to be *fun* for my students, but I also am maybe the type who goes too technical too early on.

As we know there's a lot more journey than destination if your going to be any good in music, so IMO being irritated by doing the basics over again doesn't bade well I'm afraid. She sounds like she need to get to the point where the tonal sensation of playing takes over, maybe things will get better then.

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« Reply #22 on: Mar 08, 2017, 03:33AM »

I remember I got in love with the trombone when I listen a really good trombonist playing live for me. He become my first teacher and it was when listening him live I got hooked. I suddenly understood how beautiful the trombone can be and all the possibilities. After this I listen everything I could get hands on and started practicing. Then in a shopping center they played the Nelson Riddle music with George Roberts. Then it was like "bang" , that's it!!! I stood under the speaker and listen it until the music stops.

Its many years ago but it made my sound concept forever.

Today its so much music everywhere and its both a blessing and a disaster. But listen trombone live is the first step for young players. It gives a deeper feel of the trombone. So maybe take them to a symphony or jazz concert where the trombone is featured. Or a solo recital or trombone event.

Then doing the basics will have a deeper meaning. Not easy for a young player to do basics when they can't possibly understand why. It needs a goal and meaning to do them. For young kids I dont use that word. I try to blend it in with some kind of fun games....somehow..not easy. Sound concepts needs some degree of understanding so it depends a little on age.


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