A wellspring of melodies for building tone and technique for the Trombone, Euphonium and Bassoon
You can never have too many good tunes to play! Simply Singing is nothing more than a big collection of tunes – both folk songs and original melodies. It is 114 pages long and is divided into five sections:
Building a Foundation: 30 original “Foundation Pieces,” each in a clearly defined musical
Singing Smoothly: 63 legato melodies. Some arranged as duets. Some are sequences of
short melodic ideas. Most melodies are presented in two keys.
Singing with a Bounce: 44 melodies in a detached style. Includes sets of short etudes
focusing on a particular rhythmic/metric element
Singing with Style: 12 original pieces to strengthen a sense of common musical styles:
4 waltzes, 4 marches and 4 fanfares.
Fiddling Around: 16 fiddle tunes adapted for wind instruments. Good for testing
"This book is a MUST HAVE for any player wanting to build a better sound and for all those advanced and professional players that want to KEEP theirs!"
-- David Fedderly, Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Faculty, Juilliard School of Music
"I hear the greatest singers in the world, singing great melodies, every night at the MET. It has transformed me as a musician and made me further realize how important melody is for development as an artist. With Dr Brad Edwards' new book, musicians have a "wellspring" of melodies in one book to use in practice."
-- Denson Paul Pollard, Bass Trombonist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
"Simply Singing for Winds by Brad Edwards is a welcome addition to the educational repertoire of any low brass teacher and student. It is made up of short songs and duets that are effective in improving a better sense of pitch, lyricism, and the buzz. Dr. Edwards uses many techniques to make the excercises more useful, such as adding harmonic analyses, alternate transpositions, and tips for maximizing the benefit for the individual songs. The book is very helpful for teachers of younger students, with simple duets and easy melodies. Yet Simply Singing may be even more useful for players looking to polish their already refined playing with excercises designed to help them focus on the basics that we struggle with every day."
-- George Curran, Bass Trombonist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
"'Simply Singing' provides musicians with source material to improve all aspects of their musicianship - through the learning, knowing, and perfecting of simple tunes. Dr. Edwards says this is not a method book; he's right, it's way better than that! Simply put, Brad Edwards delivers another "must-have" book in 'Simply Singing.'"
-- Dr. Michael Davidson, Trombone Professor, The University of Kansas