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The 50 Etudes by Boris Grigoriev offer inspiring and diverse examples of romantic etude writing. Originally composed for tuba, they have been transposed and adapted for tenor and bass trombone by Randall Hawes, former bass trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Mastering the utilization of alternate positions is a fundamental step in developing excellent slide technique, leading to a seamless and exquisite legato sound. The sensible application of valves, as well as skillful execution of slurring while utilizing the valves, are essential abilities. Mr. Hawes provides instructive text and musical examples to help accomplish these objectives.
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This is a very important book for bass trombonists. It is about playing musically with good sound in the low register. You must read and follow the instructions on page 4. Understand the symbols used in the book for valves on in-line and dependent bass trombones. If you just start playing the studies without knowing what Hawes is saying you are going to miss a lot. It is nice to have the little dictionary of musical terms. Also good to list the metronome markings separately from the etudes. (like etude ten is tempo Scherzando, Hawes suggests a tempo of 84 in the tempo list on page 4). All in all I give this book five stars. I wish we had more literature of this quality.
This book is really nice. It came a bit wrinkled and I think that for 39$ shipping they could have done a better job wrapping and protecting it.
I just got Mr. Hawes new book. His instructions for the music are fantastic! It is good to get clear info on valves from a top pro. I say, get this book!