Benjamin Coy

Trombonist

Grips and supports

May 31, 2018 at 1:29 am

When I was in college, the Bullet Brace from Edwards was a new and exciting innovation to help bass trombonists deal with the arms race of ever increasing trombone sizes. Since then, the market has exploded with semipermanent solutions like the Bullet Brace, to minimalist straps and grips that fit over any horn, to very large […]

Repertoire first, routine second

March 12, 2018 at 12:07 am

I’ve recently changed the order in which I teach my lessons. I used to start most lessons (at least with younger students) by working through lip slurs and other fundamentals. By covering the technical bases first, I felt like I could already tell how their practice the previous week had gone, what issues were causing problems, […]

von Weber: Romanza Appassionata (Band)

January 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm

The Romanza Appassionata or Romance for trombone is a very important work in our repertoire. It’s one of the few truly Romantic-era pieces of substance that we have. It’s not terribly difficult, but it does contain some opportunities to show technique. It’s fun to listen to, and fun to play. Unfortunately, it almost certainly was not written for […]