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I just got promoted to bass bone in a big band. For most of my life I've played single valve horns. I now have a King 7B double independent valve 'bone. The second valve is new to me. Any suggestions for books to study - exercises, etc.?
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are still missing! :D
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I play a 7B also and used Raph's The Double Valve Bass Trombone for exercises. (Aharoni hadn't been published yet)
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Bollinger, Blair, Valve Technique for Bass Trombone Subtitled "You've Got TWO Valves, Use BOTH," has some great exercises as well even if you don't use his tuning system.
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The Alan Raph book mentioned by BGuttman was my first base trombone book in 1996 and I still refer back to it. There's a routine in there that he says to do daily without fail. That alone has helped me so much.
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I'm working out of Brad Edwards' Bass Trombone Craft. It starts at a very rudimentary level, but gets to the useful stuff pretty quickly - alternate positions with valve(s), valved slurs, Gb valve singly, connecting registers, sufficient air,... all the usual suspects.
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The Aharoni's non-classical bass bone book has a lot of idiomatic exercises. I like it to get the feel of different styles of bass lines. It gets away from the classic Arbans type of exercises, and helps you figure out style.
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Thanks, everybody. I have a coaching session soon with a local pro bass bone player and will see what he says.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are still missing! :D
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BGuttman wrote: Tue Jan 17, 2023 6:29 pm I play a 7B also and used Raph's The Double Valve Bass Trombone for exercises. (Aharoni hadn't been published yet)
I feel like this book is under-appreciated.
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Something more modern and detailed, with very thoughtfully arranged sequential exercises using both valves independently, is Sharpe's method, available at https://www.csharpeeditions.com/method- ... -technique.
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There’s a BUNCH of stuff now written for the bass trombone. I, too, started learning before Aharoni. Here’s what I used:

The Lew Gillis books are a good resource for learning and relearning bass trombone with two valves. He has some nice, brief melodic and technical etudes.

I also used the first Faulise book for a while. It helped me set a routine, and I learned warm-ups and patterns specific to the bass trombone. I used his first book and ignored his markings—he wrote the book for dependent bass trombones, but the exercises work well for indies, too.
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Charles Vernon has his own edition of Blazhevich etudes for bass trombone. From the four samples I saw they look fun and helpful.

For lyrical type playing, can always play Bordogni/Rochut down an octave.
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