Rochut thoroughly selected and edited the wonderfully lyrical vocalises composed by master vocal pedagogue Marco Bordogni, and so the study of the trombone was forever changed. After more than 80 years, Carl Fischer Music editors decided it was time to give this long-established publication a fresh new look. We asked the renowned trombonist and author Alan Raph to re-edit the book to fix errors that have existed since its inception. It was Raph s intent, however, to preserve the important pedagogical sequence established by Rochut, while also taking this new edition one step further. Piano accompaniments have always existed for these delightful etudes and Mr. Raph has now made them part of this new edition.
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Enjoy the gentle lilt of the compound meter and have fun with this gently rolling etude. Over engineered technique can be paralyzing to sound and phrase momentum. Athleticism can be a fickle ally that is an assault to the listener at best. Flirt with the phrasing and you find an seductive cantabile that can be very engaging to all who hear it.
With the rim I can hear when my buzz is producing a bad tone and address it immediately. When we strive for an easy vocal tone on the rim, the sound on the trombone is transformed to a golden vocal tone quality.
In this video we discuss buzzing the rim as a part of our Bordogni practice to reconnect with an easy and above all efficient tone production.
The best part is, this gentle manner of golden tone production is far easier than the physical tension or fast air we may habitually use without being aware of it. Strive for vocal tone quality on the rim, my friends. Even a little work on the rim will garner fantastic results.
Some are broad while others are much more playfully giocoso in contrast. It is important that we remember that no matter how playful our cantabile is in this etude, that we never segment the breath support or the buzz unless we wish to play deliberately staccatto.
These staccatto instances are rare so it is safe to say in general the most we will do is to slightly bounce with the air at the moment of articulation.
Breath deep for great support, my friends. No one is going to fix your problems for you As we practice more and more hours, it is not uncommon to adopt a certain level of complacency with our deficiencies. A bad slur, a fuzz in the sound, unclear articulation, a narrow dynamic range - the problems can be myriad. In the face of necessary improvement, we must remember that no one is going to do the work for us.
Break a problem down to its smallest parts and work out perfection relentlessly. Air must flow easy with the tongue As we strive for clear articulation it is important to ensure that the tongue and the air are working with each other and not against each other.
Firm attacks are often a necessity but I invite you to be aware of when the air is acutely backed up behind the tongue at the moment of release. If you feel like articulation is "work" then it is highly likely you are a victim of this issue. Keep the tongue facile with gentle quick movements that are with the air and not against it.
Your breath is the architect of melodic leaps In this etude we have a short discussion of how to "catch" wide melodic leaps with extra breath support. In addition to world class slide technique, it is important that our breath support is abundant at the arrival of wide melodic leaps.
Simply put, the air slightly beats the slide. On these wide melodic leaps, the buzz must also be not squeezed by an overzealous embouchure. As long as ample warm air is at the front of these wide melodic leaps, we can dispense with much of the physicality we may unnecessarily use to squeeze the embouchure.
Keep the articulation resonant, my friends! Throughout this and other etudes it will be imperative that whenever you have an issue with response or legato technique that you address the matter first by affirming that you have abundant support with a deep breath and a vocal buzz by gently buzzing the phrase more than once on the mouthpiece or rim.
Rochut - Melodious Etudes Book 1
Rochut - Melodious Etudes Book 1