Books, etc. by Brad Edwards
Tuning Drone Melodies
is now available in treble clef! (as well as bass clef)
Musicians are discovering the power of tuning drones.
Simply Singing for Winds is now available in a high treble clef version (Flute, Oboe, Saxophone)
A CD featuring concert duets: Trombone And...
A Sequel to Lip Slurs
The "Tone and Technique" Series
Five American Folk Song Sketches - for horn and trombone
Tuning Drone Melodies
Music to be Played over Tuning Drones for one or more instruments -
Bass and Treble Clef Versions
Tuning Drone Melodies is a collection of music intended for use with a tuning drone (not included). Part One is for a single instrument playing with the drone while Part Two is for multiple instruments playing with the drone.
Here's what people are saying about Tuning Drone Melodies
Brad Edwards' new method book, "Tuning Drone Melodies", is a new and unique
approach that systematically expands any serious brass player's study of intonation.
Like all of his previous method books, this book is well laid out and easy to
understand - and a lot of fun to play, whether with electronic drones or even other
Second Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Edwards's new book, Tuning Drone Melodies, is a great way to train your
ears to hear just intonation in the context of melodic playing. Your intonation will
improve and that will make your music making much more convincing. I really enjoy
playing these tuning drone melodies!
Principal Trombone, San Francisco Opera
Formerly:Cincinnati Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony
CD Recording - "Trombone And..."
Concert Duets for Trombone and Other Instruments
Karl Kroeger ~ Tres Psalmi Davidis
Tina Milhorn Stallard, soprano
Clarence Barber ~ Impulsions
Scott Herring, marimba
Brad Edwards ~ Five American Folksong Sketches
Martha Edwards, horn
Inez McComas ~ Descending into Light
Clifford Leaman, alto saxophone
Gordon "Dick" Goodwin ~ Footprints
James Ackley, trumpet
Lip Slur Melodies: A Melodic Approach to Building Tone and Technique with Lip Slurs
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
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
The Trombone Craft and Bass Trombone Craft books present a
comprehensive approach to building the technical skills needed to play
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
- 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)
- Trombone Craft Complete (tenor trombone) (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:
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
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
Associate Professor of Trombone, University of Colorado, Boulder
Principal Trombone, Colorado Ballet Orchestra
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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Now available in five ranges..
Medium Bass Clef (trombone, euphonium)
Low Bass Clef (tuba)
Medium Treble Clef (trumpet, clarinet)
Low Treble Clef (horn)
High Treble Clef (flute, oboe, saxophone)
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
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
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 my tree!
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 sample pages from Lip Slurs
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 enough.
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
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
Associate Principal Trombonist, Philadelphia Orchestra
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
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. Highly recommended!
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). These pieces are available as a direct-download pdf file (password-protected) for $15.