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Cornet Method
Cornet Method
by Jean Baptiste Arban
Edition: Sheet music

5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to play brass really well this long route will get your there faster than any of the short cut methods., 30 Oct. 2015
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Arban remains a classic. Not only is there a huge quantity of exercise material but close inspection reveals that very careful thought went into the preparation. Arban was clearly both a great player but also an outstanding teacher. Right from early pages the exercises are musical. Each exercise will deal with some small difficulty particularly when a page of exercises are played together. For example exercises 18 & 19 on page 14 both start rising stepwise from G to D. However 18 is in G and 19 in C with a sortie to Am. On brass one has to prehear the notes. And one has to sense the correct key. These two exercises taken together will encourage mastery. Beginners are casual about valves one and two: if you play these exercises well you will have crossed that hurdle. And indeed more: even at this early stage in the book you are learning to deal with inversions of triads. If you analyse the underelying harmony you will find it robust and adventurous (very early he exploits diminished seventh chords with good voice leading... At the same time one concentrates on sight-reading. There is no unnecessary text in this book (other than the introduction on ancient instruments).

At first the book seems daunting, one does not feel invited in. We live in an age where it is assumed that we need coaxing to work, and developing stamina is neglected. But work through a page or so at a time and you can feel your playing improving. This about learning instrumental technique and excellent sight reading and if you practice regularly and often you will make sustantial progress (at least you will if you have any apptitude for music). For learning theory and improvisational skills you will need to go elsewhere. For the technique you will need to make use of such knowledge this is still an outstanding text. If you are not already an accomplished brass player I would recommend ten minutes twice a day (or three times if you can manage that). More than ten minutes and you will compounding confusion and the task will begin to seem very onerous. When you are ready for longer practice sessions you will know. I'd recommend you to practice well known tunes too. If you seek out "Tunes and Toasts for all Times," or similar try and get an A4 copy instead of the micro dot marching version. You will play better if you can see what you are trying to read. John O'Neill and Steve Waterman's book: the Jazz Method for Trumpet, is an excellent text that will complement Arban. Oh, and please buy a music stand! Balancing on your knee is not a good idea.

The Boosey edition is very good on the eye. Print is clear and the music is printed big enough so one does not have to have exceptional eyesight to read the notes accurately and cleanly first time. An impediment to beginner brass players is marching copies of music written in microdots and then Xeroxed after poppy seeds have been liberally scattered across the page. This type is clean and in a very readable font. Vital when learning to sight-read. One can learn to guess badly printed notes later on. The Dover Edition is also clean and the Dover book lays flat from purchase (Dover guarantee it). The Dover fonts are smaller, not much smaller but enough so I find the Boosey edition easier to see. Otherwise the two texts carry the same exercises on the same page numbers. The performance pieces at the end of the book are not the same.

As a closing comment can I pass on the advice that beginners on brass instruments should not play quietly (nor excessively loudly). Notes have to be played firmly in order that the player develop control. So start at forte and return to the exercises later to develop your ability to play more quietly. This is especially important for low notes, which is where one starts. Get help with articulations, they are best learned by imitation (O'Neill Waterman will help: there is a backing track for seventy or so pieces and you can hear how Steve deals with articulations).

More advanced players will never cease to be able to benefit from returning to Arban and approaching perfection in the execution of every note, every dynamic, and every articulation.

£20 for hundreds of essential lessons: good value!


On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging stuff and a great read., 31 July 2015
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This is a quest as much as it is a biography. Sacks takes on a great and surprising journey through his incredibly productive life. In these pages you will discover or rediscover much of his life's work. Additionally I was delighted by the cameos of others who have made great contributions to the thinking world in the last sixty years or so. As always he is very readable and there is so much to learn from him. Part of his success is due to his reluctance to follow any path but his own. He has been a great observer of people who has always sought for meaning in his subjects and in his projects. His comments on Gerald Edelman alone open up a huge revision in thinking about matters neurological and psychological. The book could seem like one big name drop but my view is that this would be to massively miss the point. Since Kuhn's paradigm shift notion enabled a great resurgence of mindless scholasticism intellectual adventure has been sold down the river. Or the academic world sold itself down the river. Sacks (who doesn't mention Kuhn but does have some interesting thisngs to say about Andy Capp) was constitionally incapable of such a gross error. In these pages you may find the thread of the true adventure. If the unexpected is not in evidence you are following the wrong trail. And a majority of those names will feature in the history of the recovery of intellectual excitement and real progress in science.


John Bennet and the Origins of Methodism and the Evangelical Revival in England (Pietist & Wesleyan Studies)
John Bennet and the Origins of Methodism and the Evangelical Revival in England (Pietist & Wesleyan Studies)
by Simon Ross Valentine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the earliest days of Methodism, 31 July 2015
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I heard Simon Valentine lecture when he was finishing this book but failed to get a copy then. Very scholarly and full of interesting (and often surprising) insights. Revisiting the text, now in its final form, has again brought early Methodism alive for this reader. Valentine writes in such a way to give the reader a powerfully strong sense of the time. Henry Rack (one of Valentine's tutors) wrote of Wesley and dismantled the reified figure while at the same time revealing the real strengths in his subject. SRV develops this process. The early Methodists come out less sanitised but a great deal more real, and actually more potent for it. It's a tough read because it is a tough subject if dealt with in depth, as it is here. In my view an essential volume for any Methodist who might seek a real understanding of the early days of Methodism. Highly recommended.


In the Shadows
In the Shadows

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Jazz, 31 July 2015
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Lovely recording of Bob and friends. All excellent musos, especially pleasing to hear more of Mike Stern. Bob's playing and the arrangements here are reminiscent of the time when he was with Miles. I saw them together in London. Great concert. Great tenor player.
In the Shadows is easy on the ear but don't let that fool you. This is the art that conceals art.
When he was in the North of England Bob Berg would have his tenor checked over by Dave Walker at All Brass and Woodwind. Dave keeps my instruments in good order too. Nothing to do with anything really but for me another pleasing connection.


Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virgin copy, very satisfactory purchase. This is the ..., 30 July 2015
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Virgin copy, very satisfactory purchase. This is the second copy bought so I could share the contents with a friend.


Have a Jazzy Christmas
Have a Jazzy Christmas
Price: £24.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cliche given the kiss of life!, 5 April 2015
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I bought this because as a very young man Malcolm was a superb jazz bass player. I heard him when he was still a school boy in the fifties. He played with the best of the modern jazz players in the UK and with many visiting Americans. Since then he has worked extensively with amazing people using his astinishing command of electronics (you can check all this out on the web). I wanted to know if his bass playing was still as good as ever. At the date of this recording that is beyond doubt; pitch, time, timbre, harmonic knowledge, and wonderful lyrical solos in addition to driving support playing. Miles would have said, this guy knows the tunes. Damn right! I think this is a wonderful CD not least because they take the Christmas bit seriously but play so well these tunes are like the dog, not just for Christmas. Augustine and Cecil work very well together. The piano playing is dramatic and exciting as well as being full of musical invention. Piano and bass very occasionally clash but you will have to listen very carefully to hear that. The clashes are resolved almost instantly. The duo clearly do not tour the world as Oscar and Ray did. They probably wouldn't want to. Though playing of this calibre and invention would please a lot of people.

I would of course recommend the CD, but you already know that. I'd love to see the chord charts they used for these tunes, which can sound so tired, but not like this. And somehow they make them fresh without violating them. Great musicianship, great jazz.


Roller-Coaster!: Praying it How it is as a Teenage Girl
Roller-Coaster!: Praying it How it is as a Teenage Girl
by Jillian Powell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Give thanks for the honest and revealing poems of this very young woman., 3 Mar. 2015
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Poems written by a very young woman centring on her experiences of faith and of her finding her moral compass in the world. Very direct and well expressed. I feel my aging future will be safe in her young hands...


Camac Wii to HDMI 720P / 1080P Converter HD Output Upscaler Video Audio Adapter - Supports All Wii Display Modes
Camac Wii to HDMI 720P / 1080P Converter HD Output Upscaler Video Audio Adapter - Supports All Wii Display Modes
Offered by CAMAC ™ (Ceed Cable)
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Wii to Tv, 3 Mar. 2015
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Connects the Wii to the new TV. Trouble free.


Premium HDMI to DVI Cable Gold 2 Metre (discontinued by manufacturer)
Premium HDMI to DVI Cable Gold 2 Metre (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by NowView
Price: £3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cable at good price., 3 Mar. 2015
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Very satisfied. Laptop to projector or extra screen, just the job. Good quality.


Technote Orchestral Music Stand
Technote Orchestral Music Stand
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A better quality stand for the active muso, 3 Mar. 2015
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Good value. This design is not as portable as the fully folding types of stand but it is so much better in use. Not heavy but sturdy. Large books do not fall off or tip the stand over. Very pleased with it.


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