What I’m Watching: Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards – Associate Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University

Adam Woolf Introduces the Sackbut

I use this one in my history and repertoire class at Arizona State. It’s nice for modern trombonists to remember a bit about their heritage. This short video also demonstrates some nice playing.


3D View of the Diaphragm

I use this one in my pedagogy class at Arizona State. While the spoken words are nice, I mostly like watching the animation of the breathing process. As I show this to students, I notice how we all begin to slow our breathing in sync with the video.


How to practice effectively…for just about anything – Annie Bosler and Don Greene

I became more interested in myelin science after reading the Talent Code by Dan Coyle. This knowledge has fundamentally changed the way I practice and teach. As time has gone by, I feel the influence of this knowledge continuing to grow in my mind and heart.


Chorinho do Sol – Spiros Exaras (with Achilles Liarmakopoulos)

There’s just something about this ease and joy with which he plays this passage. So effortless. Also notice how beautifully calm his embouchure is.


Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon (Live At The Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO/1965)

Honestly, almost any Frank Sinatra recording would work. Such an easy manner. Such a sense of time. Just be inspired!


Violin Technique – Portato

In my teaching as ASU, I may have pulled up this video as often as any other. So often in pieces like the Grøndahl Concerto we seen articulation marks under a slur and don’t know how to interpret them. This explanation is succinct, clear, and well-played.


(MRI) Chamber Music with Sarah Willis

Another video I turn to a lot in my teaching. Although analysis is normally paralysis, I do find that, when watching this video, my students often have an “aha” moment. I like to point out how the tongue arches on the highest notes. I also like to point out how motionless the jaw is during attacks; the tongue is beautifully isolated.