[Trombone-l] Teacher?

Charles Perron Trombird at comcast.net
Thu Nov 17 14:59:10 CST 2005

I love hearing about influential teachers. 

I have had a few teachers that really stand out:

Alex Watkins - I was very young when I studied with him.  I learned how 
to have FUN playing the trombone.
Will Bradley - I learned the meaning of the word perfectionist from him. 
John Wanner - I learned a more systematic approach from John and he was 
another person who LOVED to play and had lots of fun.
Eric Goletz - I only studied with him for a short time, but he really 
pushed me.  I need(ed) more of that.

Thanks for a great thread!


Bosse Vingren wrote:

> Hi!
> This is my first try to say anything on this mailist. It's interesting 
> to read all your comments.
> My best teacher was my first teacher. I had played for about 6 months 
> and another young student started off so our teacher thought we should 
> play together. After one month together my teacher asked me: What do 
> you think of your own playing? I was pretty selfconfident and sad it 
> sounded nice. Then he asked my fellow student and he answered, 
> terrible. Our taecher replied to him, you will be a great trombone 
> player, to me he didn't say a word. But he taught me to humble. Today 
> 30 years later and I still remember the lesson.
> Bosse
>> From: <thetubameister at adelphia.net>
>> To: trbnplyr at bellsouth.net
>> CC: Trombone-l at server5.samford.edu
>> Subject: RE: [Trombone-l] Teacher?
>> Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 11:25:36 -0500
>> I cannot narrow it down to one either...
>> I, like Gabe, went to Oberlin, but a couple years later.  There I 
>> studied with two giants of the low brass world:  Ray Premru and 
>> Ronald Bishop.
>> About Ray, I simply cannot elaborate more than Gabe.  He's right on 
>> the money as to my feeling about him too. I will also add that Gabe 
>> himself set a high mark for me too!
>> About Bishop, he is an amazingly patient man!  He never really had a 
>> student like me, who doubled on everthing from Piccolo Trumpet to 
>> Bass Sax.  Yet each lesson, he patiently directed my wind and 
>> musicality.  When the other instruments effected my playing, he was 
>> honest.
>> Now, fast forward 11 years, and I've only begun to enter the audition 
>> circut, and begun to truly find a calling for orchestral playing.  
>> And again, he has become a true guide and inspiration, and rewarded 
>> my efforts by letting me join him with the Cleveland Orchestra for 
>> the most inspiring performances of my life.  With his help, I've 
>> risen to a level of playing, and a type of playing I never understood 
>> or thought possible.
>> Finally, a nod to Tom Klaber, who helped me make some final 
>> adjustments "off the valve" and onto the slide, Jim Desano, who 
>> helped translate Remington to words I could fully understand, and 
>> Steve Witser, who opened a can of my own whoop-a$$ on me, bringing me 
>> the words I give my own students and showing my own wisdom, and yet 
>> lack thereof in applying it.
>> Oh - and Doug Yeo.  Never met him, but the wealth of information and 
>> inspiration his web site, contributions to the Bass Trombone forum 
>> and this list, and personal exchanges have offered helped me find my 
>> current path.
>> J.c.S.
>> J.c.
>> ---- Trbnplyr <trbnplyr at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> > I cannot narrow it down to one. My first teacher, David Summers, 
>> gave me a
>> > lot in terms of the basics. He played bass trombone with the 
>> Kennedy Center
>> > Opera Orchestra, had a terrific sound, beautifully centered. Harry 
>> Maddox
>> > was a terrific example. Just listening to him play was 
>> awe-inspiring. Larry
>> > Borden was able to help me rebuild my game and also understand more 
>> in depth
>> > the respiratory process, and how and what to think about when we play.
>> > However, teachers in reality can only point you in the right 
>> direction. If
>> > he/she is a really fine teacher, that teacher teaches the student 
>> to TEACH
>> > HIM/HERSELF. Phil Teele gave me a terrific lesson over the phone, and
>> > neither one of us played a single note. Art Sares played IGSOY for 
>> me over
>> > the phone 2-3 months before he died, and hearing that played in that
>> > authentic style and hearing him talk about Tommy Dorsey's vibrato 
>> and the
>> > THOUGHT PROCESS behind it was truly awe-inspiring. I firmly believe 
>> that if
>> > we ever get to the point that we aren't students of the art form, we'd
>> > better pack it in.
>> >
>> > Paul Kemp
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: trombone-l-bounces at samford.edu 
>> [mailto:trombone-l-bounces at samford.edu]
>> > On Behalf Of Charles Levine
>> > Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:50 AM
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>> > Subject: [Trombone-l] Teacher?
>> >
>> > Who was the best teacher you ever had?  Why?
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