RECOMMENDED

by David Werden

Even if you are studying with a good teacher you can still use some instruction between lessons. Books are one resource that many players find useful. They can inspire you or help to teach you concepts. Recordings are extremely valuable because we learn best by listening. This page contains some of my favorite resources in both categories. Where possible, I have included online sources for these materials, linked from this page.

This page is not a complete reference to teaching/learning materials. Your own teacher undoubtedly has led you to many good resources. The titles here are to fill in some gaps, or to help give you inspiration between lessons.

You should also refer to our pages listing more books and recordings for euphonium or tuba.

Books
Arban Complete Conservatory Method for Cornet Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Cornet The brass player's Bible, this book would be my choice if I could only have one method book. This complete edition is soon to be available in bass clef, but for now is only in treble. Other editions are peppered with errors and leave out some essential material. See latest price or to purchase...
Claude Gordon, Brass Playing is no Harder than Breathing Brass Playing is no Harder Than Breathing Written by Claude Gordon, this book is a great common-sense look at concepts of brass playing. Gordon's advice is compelling and easy to comprehend. See latest price or to purchase...
Practical Hints on Playing the Baritone - Euphonium by Brian Bowman Practical Hints on Playing the Baritone (Euphonium) Brian Bowman's book is a fine reference for younger students. He includes practical advice, photos of proper playing posture, etc. See latest price or to purchase...
Recordings
Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet - No Limit Sergei Nakariakov: No Limit Sergei is an unbelievable trumpet player. He technique is breathtaking and his musicianship is wonderful. He has become my favorite classical trumpet artist, and this recording is my favorite of the several he has done. Trumpet players are arguably the "state of the art" among brass players. I often play trumpet recordings for my students because they may offer the best examples of some concept I am trying to teach. Notice the way he will play transcriptions from string instruments without being limited by the lesser technical and musical abilities of the trumpet
Sergei Nakariakov, trumpte - Carmen Fantasy Sergei Nakariakov: Carmen Fantasy Another outstanding recording by this phenomenal young artist. Includes Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, Arban's Variations on a Theme from Bellini's Norma and his Variations on A Tyrolean Song, Zigeunerweisen, and The Swan.
Christian Lindberg - Criminal Trombone Christian Lindberg: Criminal Trombone One of the finest trombonists in the world, Lindberg plays with wonderful expression and dazzling technique. Listen to his musical mastery of the Schumann Romance or the Arpeggione Sonata. Click to hear samples or to purchase...
  Rafael Mendez - The Legacy This CD contains discussion of Rafael Mendez by some of the most famous trumpet artists alive today. There are also many samples of Mendez's playing. One of the most valuable music selections on the CD is from the album "Mendez Plays Arban." He performs the Arban single-tongue exercises and gives brass players a model to follow. Click here to purchase...
Rafael Mendez - Trumpet Extraordinary Legendary Trumpet Virtuosity of Rafael Méndez Mendez was the first brass soloist to demonstrate his conviction that a trumpet should play with as much expression and facility as a violin. His technique is tremendous, and is especially compelling because he uses his expression even during some of the hardest passages. Click to purchase or to hear sound samples...
Jascha Heifetz - Brahms Violin Concerto Jascha Heifetz: Brahms Violin Concerto There is so much that can be learned from listening to a true master perform. This classic recording is one of Heifetz's best, with the Chicago Symphony conducted by Fritz Reiner. Listen to the musicianship and the variety of expressive techniques used by Heifetz. Click here to order or to hear sound samples...
Empire Brass Quintet - Class Brass Empire Brass Quintet - Class Brass This ensemble is one of the finest examples of chamber brass playing. On this album you will find a mixed musical style, including Procession Of The Nobles, Polovetsian Dances, Dance Of The Comedians, and many more. Beautiful instrumental style by every player in the group. Click here to order or to hear sound samples...
Gerard Schwarz - Cornet Favorites Gerard Schwarz: Cornet Favorites Wonderful interpretations of cornet solos by Clarke, Arban, Simon, etc. Schwarz's playing is very tasteful and his control serves as a fine example. Listen to the way he always sounds relaxed even in difficult passages. Click here to order or to hear sound samples...
Recordings of David Werden Free Recordings of David Werden My own recordings of some popular solos with The United States Coast Guard Band. There are complete recordings available for free in either Real Audio or MP3 format. It's hard to beat the price -- free. Learn more...

 

 

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