Brass/Breathing Gym & Intonation Repair Tool
As we approach festival season, many of you teachers (and students) might be looking for ways to take your performances to the next level. In addition to our wide selection of print music, we also carry a number of educational resources to enhance musicianship. I wanted to take the time to focus on two fantastic products that promise to improve the sound and intonation of any musician.
The Breathing Gym books and DVDs have been around for several years now and have helped countless band directors and students expand their air capacity to make a full and dynamic sound on any instrument. Patrick Sheridan and Sam Pilafian, the two tubists behind the Breathing Gym, have now released a number of instrument specific brass methods in a series entitled Brass Gym. Working with different editors for each edition, they have created daily practice routines which incorporate the breathing gym techniques to enhance range, tone, pitch, and expression. Brass Gym is available for Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium (TC and BC) and Tuba. The Breathing Gym is available for $34.45 (book only) or $68.85 (book & DVD combo), and there are a number of other purchasing options available (see all).
We have just received our first shipment of Intonation Repair Tool which is an exciting new product that allows students to practice intonation together in class or individually at home. Students play through various scales, arpeggios, and chords while listening, matching, and blending along with a pre-recorded track. Students are also given the opportunity to practice various scales and passages against a drone. Consistent work with the Intonation Repair Tool will improve any musician's ability to tune and blend within an ensemble. The Comprehensive Teacher's Edition is available now for $30 and the Student Edition (Booklet and CD) is available for $15.