Books, etc. by Brad Edwards
My Latest Effort
The "Tone and Technique" Series
Five American Folk Song Sketches - for horn and trombone
Lip Slur Melodies:
Presented as a companion to the well-known orginal Lip Slurs, this new collection offers up over 130 pages of etudes and duets, all using natural slurs on the trombone!
Here's what people are saying about Lip Slur Melodies
I love playing these because they are beautifully melodic and every note
is coming from or going to a natural slur. I think you have really hit the
essence of Arnold Jacobs’ teaching. This makes it easy: just blow air
and move your lips and slide with the rhythm. Thank you, Brad Edwards !!
Bass Trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Free sample pages from Lip Slur Melodies
Trombone Craft and Bass Trombone Craft: A Musical Approach to Building Tone and Technique
We all need to build tone and technique. Why not do it in a more musical way?
The Trombone Craft and Bass Trombone Craft books present a comprehensive
approach to building the technical skills needed to play music well.
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! Quick, where can you find etudes that feature the D-flat major scale?
Besides the two that appear in this book you’ll see cross-references to: Bleger’s 31 Studies #12;
Hering’s 40 Progressive Etudes #28, #36 and Voxman’s Selected Studies, p.22
- Patterns to be memorized
Scale and arpeggio patterns with musical shape.
- Bonus appendices focusing on special areas including:
- Developing the legato tongue
- Building the high range
- Double tonguing
- Extra scale patterns
- Long tones and tuning exercises (including tuning over a drone)
- Flow exercises (sing, buzz, play)
- Volume One (50 pages)
- Volume Two (59 pages)
- Volume Three (65 pages)
- Trombone Craft Complete (170 pages)
- Bass Trombone Craft (186 pages)
Includes material not in the tenor version, including an introduction to clefs, sections focusing on developing valve technique and many changed or completely re-composed etudes.
Free Sample Pages from the Books
Here's what people are saying about Trombone Craft and Bass Trombone Craft:
This collection of excellent exercises by Brad Edwards gives new fuel to
propel our daily routines. Professor Edwards presents these studies using
the same concepts of natural slurs and alternate positions that I use in my
own playing. 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!
Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
With Brad Edwards’ new book, “Bass Trombone Craft,” the
teacher and player have a method that can take a young bass trombone player
from the basic introduction of the valves all the way to true mastery of the
instrument. The book introduces and focuses on every aspect of bass trombone
playing, all in one volume. It is a welcome and needed addition to bass trombone
pedagogical material that should be a staple of every teacher’s curriculum.
Denson Paul Pollard
Bass Trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music
This book is formatted exactly the way I wish many other books were...a technique,
followed by etudes to reinforce that technique. Etudes frequently are in the
middle and mid-low register. These registers are frequently neglected in other
technique books; this is a great area of focus. The rhythmic "duet"
etudes are well thought-out; they provide a rhythmic accompaniment to the
main line. I like the page on Sing, Buzz, Play very much. I wish it was in
the front of the book! The suggested supplemental exercises from other material
is a welcome aid to students and teachers alike.
Assistant Professor of Trombone
Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Artist-Faculty, Brevard Music Center
I recently received copies of Brad Edwards' new Trombone Craft series. There
are a number of things I like about these books. Using both technical and
musical settings, he isolates and targets techniques all students must learn.
The subsequent etudes are short, efficient vehicles that put the topic into
practical use. Good mixed use of keys, meters and rhythms add to the challenge.
The books are flexible: you can go straight through the book (best for younger
students) or pick and choose to target the needs of the individual student.
The appendices provide new fuel for thought useful for all levels of players.
Associate Professor of Trombone, University of Colorado, Boulder
Principal Trombone, Colorado Ballet Orchestra
The Trombone Craft books do exactly what the title says, they work on technique
through musical means. Other books sometimes leave out aspects that lead to
musical playing. In your books, you talk about playing with musical lines
and you remind students to breathe and relax and to regulate the air in an
efficient manner. All these things can help students be more musical while
at the same time improving their technical prowess.
These books are appropriate for a wide variety of students at a wide variety of levels; younger students as well as professionals. They may not be for a true beginner but everybody else can get a lot out of these. You also reference many other etude books that students should own or check out; that's very helpful, too. Nothing in a vacuum.
It's also a broad-minded approach. I appreciate that a lot. You provide different ways of doing things that demonstrates you know the breadth of the discipline. It's not "my way or the highway." That appeals to me a lot. Great job!
Associate Professor of Trombone
Jazz Ensemble Director
University of South Florida
School of Music
With his incredible "trifecta" of trombone methods, Brad Edwards
has unlocked the door to systematic and thought out processes to help ALL
teachers cultivate successful young trombonists. These books
provide the crucial nucleus of pedagogical necessities, while infusing important concepts from the standard trombone methods at the appropriate times. I truly believe that with constant use of these resources, we may very well see a much needed renaissance of great trombonists sprouting up in our nation's programs. Thank you, Brad!
Professor of Trombone, Montclair State and Kean Universities
Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School
Simply Singing for Winds:
A Wellspring of Melodies for Building Tone and Technique
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Available in four ranges..
Medium Bass Clef (trombone, euphonium)
Low Bass Clef (tuba)
Medium Treble Clef (trumpet, clarinet)
Low Treble Clef (horn)
You can never have too many good tunes to play! Simply Singing is nothing more than a big collection of tunes – both folk songs and original melodies. It is 114 pages long and is divided into five sections:
Building a Foundation
30 original “Foundation Pieces,” each in a clearly defined musical
63 legato melodies. Some arranged as duets. Some are sequences of
short melodic ideas. Most melodies are presented in two keys.
Singing with a Bounce
44 melodies in a detached style. Includes sets of short etudes
focusing on a particular rhythmic/metric element
Singing with Style
12 original pieces to strengthen a sense of common musical styles:
4 waltzes, 4 marches and 4 fanfares.
16 fiddle tunes adapted for wind instruments. Good for testing
Free Samples from the Book:
For now, this book is self-published. Click here to order.
Here's what people are saying about Simply Singing for Winds:
I find myself playing from your Simply Singing book on a daily basis. These
exercises cover so many of the basic fundamentals of playing at one time,
and with a musical approach. The comprehensive layout makes practicing easier.
I recommend this book to all of my colleagues and students.
Principal Trombone, Utah Symphony
Acting Associate Principal Trombonist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Simply Singing for Tuba is a well-organized, progressive collection of songs
and etudes for tuba. Your commentary is helpful, and even the titles of each
etude provide a little inspiration. Printing the etudes twice, in different
registers, is a great idea. I have always enjoyed spending some time each
day on simple, melodic material, and I find your book to be a nice addition
to a practice routine.
Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Center City Brass Quintet
Artist Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University
Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University
I've finally spent some time with your new book, another excellent resource
for us! I've particularly enjoyed using it for buzzing practice, sitting at
the piano (actually, usually my keyboard on an organ setting) playing the
chords (simple enough for me to handle!!) while buzzing. The duets have been
good to play in lessons--good range and open intervals for intonation work,
plus good music. I also find the technical material such as the numerous tonguing
etudes and "Fiddling Around" section very useful. As with your "Lip
Slurs" book, you offer very useful yet concise playing tips. I'm finding
myself using the "Simply Singing" and " Lip Slurs" on
a daily basis.
Associate Principal Trombone
This book is a MUST HAVE for any player wanting to build a better sound and
for all those advanced and professional players that want to KEEP theirs!
Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Faculty, Juilliard School of Music
I hear the greatest singers in the world, singing great melodies, every night
at the MET. It has transformed me as a musician and made me further realize
how important melody is for development as an artist. With Dr Brad Edwards'
new book, musicians have a "wellspring" of melodies in one book
to use in practice.
Denson Paul Pollard
Bass Trombonist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Simply Singing for Winds by Brad Edwards is a welcome addition to the educational
repertoire of any low brass teacher and student. It is made up of short songs
and duets that are effective in improving a better sense of pitch, lyricism,
and the buzz. Dr. Edwards uses many techniques to make the excercises more
useful, such as adding harmonic analyses, alternate transpositions, and tips
for maximizing the benefit for the individual songs. The book is very helpful
for teachers of younger students, with simple duets and easy melodies. Yet
Simply Singing may be even more useful for players looking to polish their
already refined playing with excercises designed to help them focus on the
basics that we struggle with every day.
Bass Trombonist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
"Simply Singing" provides musicians with source material to improve
all aspects of their musicianship - through the learning, knowing, and perfecting
of simple tunes. Dr. Edwards says this is not a method book; he's right, it's
way better than that! Simply put, Brad Edwards delivers another "must-have"
book in "Simply Singing."
Dr. Michael Davidson
Trombone Professor, The University of Kansas
With his musical approach to technique, Brad Edwards is barking right up
I find it very valuable and will recommend it highly to my students. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Trombone Professor, Jacobs School of Music
I just opened the envelope with your book and in looking through it am absolutely
amazed at what you have compiled. It will be most useful at any number of
levels and with any number of techniques. And it will save me an immense amount
of time, not having to write out challenging things to buzz, play, sing etc.
I can't thank you enough.
Private studio instructor in Northern Virginia and former member United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.
Like his previous two books, this present beauty has become a staple in
my teaching. Very few books are so expertly crafted, so thoughtfully compiled,
and so darn effective!
Bravo and thanks, Brad, for the hard work done on our behalf."
Kennesaw State University
Progressive Exercises for the Development of
Tone and Technique.
Lip Slurs is an 84-page comprehensive supplement for any trombone (or euphonium)
player wishing to build technique and improve tone quality. The difficulty
ranges from basic to virtuoso.
It includes three main sections:
1. Slow Slurs - To build tone, improve range and develop control.
2. Fast Slurs - To build facility throughout the range of the instrument.
3. Lip Slur Melodies - Etudes reminiscent of the Bordogni vocalizes with an interesting twist: all the legato phrases can be played completely with natural lip slurs.
Free samples from the book (re-printed with permission from Ensemble Publications)
|Slow Lip Slurs||Fast Lip Slurs||Lip Slur Melodies|
Here's what people are saying about Lip Slurs:
This is the bible of Lip Slurs. If you ever get bored of your routine, simply
get a copy of Brad Edwards' Lip Slur Book and these exercises will last you
a lifetime. I have always said that it essential to visit lip slurs everyday
you pick up the horn. This is the perfect book to keep you going.
Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
In his book "Lip Slurs," Brad Edwards has taken an important part of the
trombone player's daily routine and added clarity to it. His approach is sensible,
the exercises are comprehensive and the result is undeniably positive. Kudos
to Brad Edwards for this excellent addition to the trombone repertoire; he
has brought the concept of the lip slur forward to the post-modern trombonist
who may have mistakenly thought that he already understood the subject well
Bass Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra
I was really impressed by the insight and organization of your Lip Slurs
book. With every page I practiced and played, I was amazed at the variety
of patterns that you discovered. Not only is your book a perfect challenge
for any serious trombonist, it also allows each one of us the opportunity
to excel in this vital technical area of trombone playing. Bravo for this
first rate etude book. I predict that Lip Slurs will quickly find its way
into the personal libraries of trombonists everywhere.
Former Principal Trombonist, National Symphony Orchestra
I looked at your lip slurs book and I think it is fantastic! Very well done.
Lots of variety, well laid out, good explanations and the etudes are great
- very clever. I intend to recommend them to my students.
Associate Principal Trombonist, Philadelphia Orchestra
Lip Slurs is published by Ensemble Publications (available through Hickey's Music).
Introductory Studies in Tenor and Alto Clef -
This 56-page book uses a mixture of exercises and short etudes to help teach
tenor and alto clef quickly and effectively. Using a system of "guidepost
notes," students learn a few easily recognizable pitches and then progress
smoothly to more challenging material. The first main section of the book
focuses on tenor clef (75 exercises); the second on alto clef (36 exercises).
Six final etudes use all three clefs.
Special sections are devoted to the skills of reading B-flat treble clef and bass clef transposed as tenor clef down an octave. Unlike other popular methods, these original exercises and etudes avoid rote learning and "playing by ear."
Most of the etudes include pedagogical commentary and also serve as good musical character studies. Melodies sometimes take unexpected turns to keep students on their toes. Can also be used as sight-reading practice for more advanced students. Effective for bassoon and cello as well.
Clef Studies is published by Ensemble Publications (available through Hickey's Music).
Here's what people are saying about Clef Studies..
I plan on making this book my primary method for the teaching of tenor and
alto clef. What I like most is Brad's use of a "Guidepost" system
that most of my students will understand and remember. Other great aspects
of the book are the pacing (it progresses quite nicely), the written commentary,
and the use of new unfamiliar melodies. Congratulations on adding a new and
relevant book to the resources for trombone.
Professor of Low Brass, West Virginia University
Great book, well organized. A very interesting and useful step by step method
to learning clefs. Particularly useful is Brad's idea of guidepost notes.
Trombone Soloist and professor at Boston University
Five American Folk Song Sketches
In 2012, I composed five sketches based on American folk songs. The work is written for trombone and horn duet (duration: roughly 14 minutes). For the time being, I am selling this piece myself as a personalized pdf file for $10.