Here’s a quick summary:
• Motivation through musical interest
If students like a piece, they are more likely to spend extra time polishing it.
• Ideas are linked and reinforced
After a page helping students develop D in alternate 4th, for example, the next page presents two short pieces in E-flat major.
• Pieces of reasonable length
In a lesson, time is precious. Get to the point quickly using short exercises and half-page etudes.
• A greater variety of key signatures
Don’t get stuck in that B-flat / E-flat rut.
• Help with rhythm
Some pages zoom in on common rhythm trouble spots, such as the deadly dotted-eighth sixteenth.
• Cross-referencing to other books
A big time-saver in lessons!
• Patterns to be memorized
Scale and arpeggio patterns with musical shape.
• Bonus appendices focusing on special areas including:
o Developing the Legato Tongue
o Double and Triple Tonguing
o Pattern Building (scales and arpeggios)
o Interval Accuracy
o Developing the High Range
o Tone and Tuning Exercises
o Flow Exercises (sing, buzz, play)
Reviews / Endorsements
This collection of excellent exercises by Brad Edwards gives new fuel to propel our daily routines. A regular visit to this book will undoubtedly help you to play more evenly and consistently and, when used in the precise way that Edwards suggests, will result in your overall improvement. I highly recommend this book to all students and professionals.
Bravo Professor Edwards!
Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard School