10 More Jazz Etudes For Trombone

more trombone jazz etudes prod pic frontpageI am a bit ashamed. Despite the good response I got on the book ’10 Jazz Etudes For Trombone’, it has taken me four years to complete the second edition. But finally, here it is, the brand new trombone book

10 More Jazz Etudes For Trombone
written by Anders Larson (that´s me).

The structure of the book

If you are familiar with the first edition of the jazz etudes, you will recognize the setup in the second edition. For those of you who do not know the first book, this is how it is structured: Continue reading

    Trombone Cowboy – practical use of a trombone

    I knew there was a practical use for trombones, but I am still amazed that it turned out to be so valuable in real life. Due to the size of these animals, the cowboy has wisely chosen a large bore trombone. Mouthpiece size and rim shape remains unknown.

    This is also proving that there is is a large audiense for improvised trombone music.

    Blow cowboy, blow!


    Summer cops? Loose them here
    Too much money? Shop trombone books
    Feeling smart? Probably not this smart

      Trombone mouthpiece holiday exercise

      Holiday season is here, and in my case that means a healthy break from my dear friend mr. Small Bore Shires. I have no trouble leaving for vacation without bringing my trombone. I don´t know if that is a good or bad thing…probably good. At least I use to bring my mouthpiece, and plan to play a little every day. That usually means that I find it hidden deep down in my bag one of the last days of the vacation. This is followed by a controlled panic, and I usually start buzzing at this point. Continue reading

        Elektrojazz live

        The worlds biggest jazz festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, begins july 4th, and there are plenty of opportunities to hear Elektrojazz live!

        July 4, 19.00: Bernstorff Slot
        July 7, 21.00: Nørrebro Bryghus
        July 8, 22.30: Cafe Bopa
        July 11, 18.30: Scandic Front
        July 12, 21.00: Kvarterhuset

        I am eager to get my band Elektrojazz on stage and present the music from our new recording ‘Cars’. We play rare grooves, funky latin and jazz, all original music. If you are in or around Copenhagen the next ten days, please drop by! Some more info about the venues and concerts: Continue reading

          Trombone lesson: Extend your range on mouthpiece

          trombone mouthpiece silverThis simple little mouthpiece exercise is actually quite effective. I recently had one of those days where both breathing and embouchure felt a bit locked in. I used these patterns to kickstart both, and was impressed with the result after just few minutes.

          Before you take the ride, please read the following instructions: Continue reading

            New album out: Elektrojazz – Cars

            Elektrojazz: Rare grooves with funky latin and soulful trombonious jazz

            Elektrojazz-cd-coverA few years ago, I decided to start up a new musical project, and cover new musical grounds. This was the beginning of Elektrojazz, a groove jazz band where I try to capture the sound and feel of the seventies soul/funk/jazz/latin music.

            I spent quite a lot of time writing a completely new repertoire for my new band, and before hitting the recording studio last year, we got to play a good bunch of live gigs where we could dig into the music.

            Since we play music inspired by the seventies, and I am a big car fan, I decided to make the album into a tribute to the greatest cars of the seventies. Each track on the album is Continue reading

              Questionnaire: The Sound of Airflow and its Use in Wind Instrument Playing

              This is the second guest article, written by PhD student Matthias Heyne from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is working on a relevant and interesting project, so please take a minute and help him out by taking the questionnaire.

              Matthias Heyne tromboneFirst of all I would like to thank Anders Larson for sharing my link on his website!

              This questionnaire is an exploratory study for my PhD project at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and with it, I hope to find out how widespread the conscious use of the sound produced by airflow is among players of all kinds of wind instruments (audibly blowing out or inhaling while someone else is playing). Continue reading

                Trombone lesson: Doodle Pentatonics

                Pentatonic April – part II

                This is the second pentatonic exercise in a series of two, read the first part here

                New to doodle tonguing? Here is a series of articles to get you started.
                Doodle tonguing part I
                Doodle tonguing part II
                Doodle tonguing part III
                Doodle tonguing part IV

                Doodle Pentatonics
                Pentatonic scales are useful for many things, including working on your doodle chops. You will expand your range, build up strength and really get those pentatonic scales into your slide arm.

                No secret formula here, just plain hard (and rewarding) work. Make sure that you play the scales in a tempo that you can master. Every attack should be clear, and make sure the difference between the doo-attacks and dl-attacks are minimal. Continue reading

                  Trombone lesson: Pentatonic scale flexibility

                  I like pentatonic scales. They tend to fit the trombone quite well, and are in general useful for many things such as bass lines, blues themes and funky horn section phrases. And of course in improvisation. This is probably the best scale to start with if you are new to improvising, since it will sound melodically any way you play it. I have written about how to use pentatonic scales in improvisation here.

                  This is no improvisation exercise. It is a simple trombone flexibility exercise, based on the pentatonic scale. The idea is to start each phrase on a low note, and working on expanding intervals with ease. Don´t try to fight the instrument when you work on these patterns. That never help your trombone playing. Try to blow as relaxed as possible, bouncing up from the low notes. Continue reading

                    Half plunger – available now

                    April 1st, 2014

                    Today´s offer:

                    The worlds first half plunger for trombone (trumpet version in development)

                    This remarkable brass tool has been sought after by composers and arrangers for decades, and is finally available exclusively through the digitaltrombone.com shop. It is an ergonomically disaster designed for musical masterpieces.

                    Are you tired of trying to get the full half plunger sound with 
                    a regular plunger? Upgrade to the half plunger now and look 
                    professional on the band stand.

                    The half plunger is also well suited for both half time playing and half time players.

                    As the only trombone mute on the market, the half plunger is available in both right handed and left handed versions.

                    Half plunger left and right hand models

                    Half plunger left and right hand models

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