The museum of future brass instruments

If you’ve seen the sci-fi movie Tenet, you know that people sometime in the future were passing weapons back to people in the present in order to start WWIII. It’s a pretty complicated movie but what I just discovered is that someone from the future is passing back to us



An interesting description of an alto trombone

I received an email from a player asking my opinion on an alto trombone being sold on The item was interesting, for one reason, because it is being offered for only $299. Even the Moz horn from China that I’ve written about has become much more expensive than that,


Must you read alto clef to play alto trombone?

Take a look at excerpts from the music written in the 18th Century for the first trombone and you’ll find music written in alto clef. Here’s an example from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: The principal reason for alto clef was to make the higher parts easier to read by using fewer


What is the difference between alto trombone and tenor trombone?

I recently ran across an article posted by Yamaha on the difference between alto and tenor trombone. One sentence at the beginning of the article that caught my attention was, “alto trombones play higher notes than tenor…” Is that true? As someone who has played alto trombone exclusively for the


Alto trombone position and overtone guides

I was recently asked to create a positioning chart for the alto trombone. My inclination was to recommend creating one himself since the physical act of doing it will benefit the learning process. But I realize that doing things the hard way is an acquired taste and I’m glad to


The art of living in troubled times

I received an email today from a musician friend who is having a very hard time of things right now. He’s far from the only one, but his emotional outpouring of sorrow and hopelessness inspired me to share my belief in what I’m calling the art. The art of living


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