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All brass players will need to make sure they have an instrument in good working order, including their own mouthpiece. Additionally, students need their own valve oil and slide grease. Suggestions are below according to instrument.

Warm-ups

Please click the link below for the warm-up that is appropriate to your instrument.

Trumpet and Baritone T.C.

(French) Horn in F

Trombone and Euphonium (Baritone B.C.)

Bass Trombone and Euphonium

Tuba (in Bb)

Lessons

 

Please Do Not purchase a lesson book ahead of time. Mr. Blostein will let you know what lesson book to purchase once we have had a lesson or two.

Often, we use the Walter Beeler Method, Book 1 - especially for 9th and 10th grade. As students complete the book, we'll move on to more focused materials. The Beeler book may be purchased through your local music dealer (John Keal Music or Northeast Music), or through an on-line retailer. A link to Amazon for the Trumpet book is provided here.

Walter Beeler Method, Book 1, for Trumpet
Walter Beeler Method, Book 1, for Trombone
Walter Beeler Method, Book 1, for Tuba

Required materials

While the masic materials are required for regular maintenance of your instrument, the specific items listed are suggestions only. There are many alternatives to each item listed.

 


Trumpet:
Mouthpiece - A Bach 3C Trumpet Mouthpiece is recommended.
Valve Oil - Hetman's #2 (H2-P-60) is the recommended valve oil (piston valves only)
Tuning Slide Grease - I prefer white lithium grease for this purpose, which is also available at Tremont Lumber, Country True Value, or Home Depot, as well as many other locations.
Please see this video as a reminder of how to give your trumpet a bath: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYVlYOoC2Bg

Suggested Items for Trumpet:

Straight Mute

Cup Mute

Harmon Mute

Trumpet Stand

Trumpet Scales with fingerings

 


(French) Horn:
Mouthpiece: Farkas MC or Schilke 31
Valve Oil: Hetman's #12 (H12-R-22) is recommended for valves. Hetman's #14 (H14-BL-22) for linkage.
Tuning Slide Grease - I prefer white lithium grease for this purpose, which is also available at Tremont Lumber, Country True Value, or Home Depot, as well as many other locations.


Horn Scales with fingerings (single and double. When double horn fingerings are listed - use them!)

Horn Fingering Chart

 


Trombone:
Mouthpiece: Schilke 51C4. Small shank for most trombones and baritones. A Bach 6 1/2 AL is an acceptable alternative if the student already owns this mouthpiece.
Slide Cream: Trombotine Slide Cream, or Slide-O-Mix are highly recommended. I DO NOT RECOMMEND using slide oil - it does not clean well off the slide, and will build up causing more frequent repairs.
Tuning Slide Grease - I prefer white lithium grease for this purpose, which is also available at Tremont Lumber, Country True Value, or Home Depot, as well as many other locations.
For Trigger trombones -Hetman's #12 (H12-R-22) is recommended for valves. Hetman's #14 (H14-BL-22) for linkage.
Please see this video as a reminder of how to give your trombone slide a bath:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhzK7EO4bAc

Suggested Items for Trombone:

Straight Mute

Cup Mute

Trombone Stand

Trombone Scales with slide positions

 

Euphonium / Baritone:
Mouthpiece: Schilke 51C4. Small shank for most trombones and baritones. A Bach 6 1/2 AL is an acceptable alternative if the student already owns this mouthpiece.
Valve oil - Hetman's #2 (H2-P-60) is the recommended valve oil (piston valves only)
Tuning Slide Grease - I prefer white lithium grease for this purpose, which is also available at Tremont Lumber, Country True Value, or Home Depot, as well as many other locations.

Euphonium / Baritone Scales with fingerings

 


Tuba:

Mouthpiece: Conn Helliberg (Standard).
Valve Oil: Hetman's #12 (H12-R-22) is recommended for valves. Hetman's #14 (H14-BL-22) for linkage.
Tuning Slide Grease - I prefer white lithium grease for this purpose, which is also available at Tremont Lumber, Country True Value, or Home Depot, as well as many other locations.

Suggested Items for Tuba:

Tuba Stand

Tuba Scales with fingerings

 


Useful Links:
Mouthpiece Express
Mr. Blostein's Personal Website
ITEA (International Tuba-Euphonium Association)
ITG (Internation Trumpet Guild)
ITA (International Trombone Association)
IHS (International Horn Society)
Horn Lessons
Horn Matters
Hornarama
Dillon Music
Tuba Exchange
Doug Yeo's site (Bass Trombone)

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