1) Why is this book even on the bass trombone list? Most college professors don’t ask their 1st or 2nd year undergraduate players to buy or play out of this book. For very obvious reasons...there are GREAT bass trombone etude books out there, PLENTY of them!
2) Did I mention why this book? It’s a tuba book, in the tuba range. The highest note in their audition will be a C# just above the staff...once. Even the Middle School All-Region process in most regions asks bass trombones to play and be able to play up to F above the staff!
3) The etudes themselves are weak. There are so many more appropriate etudes in this book...see the tenor trombone etude selections whenever they select Blazhevich etudes. (like this year!)
4) How in the world are these etudes going to fairly give judges the opportunity to pick the “best” student in the room? There’s absolutely no technical demands in the middle or upper range. If there are 2-3 quality bass trombones in a room, good luck y’all! I guess pick the one that doesn’t do the loudest splat on the lowest note!!
5) One of the guidelines in selecting etudes is to select etudes that would be reasonable for the younger students, as well as those without access private lessons. Swing, and a miss. This book is so poorly printed, and half the rhythms look like misprints to young students.
COME ON!!!! Why was this allowed?!?! It’s the Bass TROMBONE...not the Tuba! Pedagogical MISS, musical MISS, technical MISS, competitive MISS. Boooooooo
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