Vods

Video Podcasts

These videos are all available on YouTube.  Most can be easily accessed by going to my YouTube channel.

Embouchure Videos

Brass Embouchures and Air Stream Direction.  This video is one of the earliest ones I made about embouchures.  It shows how the brass embouchure air stream direction is dependent upon the mouthpiece placement.

The Brass Embouchure Motion.  This video covers the motion that all brass players make when changing registers, often unconsciously.  It covers the two basic types of embouchure motions, pushing the mouthpiece and lips together up to ascend or pulling them down to ascend.

The Three Basic Brass Embouchure Types.  Using a brass player’s air stream direction and embouchure motion three basic patterns emerge that all brass players fit into.  This video discusses the playing characteristics of each of these three embouchure types.

Brass Embouchures: A Guide for Teachers and Players.  This 50 minute presentation was given at the 2009 North Carolina Music Educators Conference.  The videos are essentially my slide show, video clips, and narration of this presentation.  To date, this is my most complete discussion on brass embouchure types and how to apply that understanding in pedagogy and practice.

The Upstream Brass Embouchure was my “pilot” video on brass embouchures.  I had just gotten the video equipment and wanted to test it out to see how well it could capture the various embouchure characteristics I was interested in documenting, including all the brass instruments.  At the same time I wanted to provide some evidence that it is possible to play with an upstream embouchure on all the brass instruments, provided the player’s anatomy is suited for it.

A Tubist’s Embouchure: A Case Study.  This video shows one particular tuba student with embouchure issues he was not even aware of.  Using the knowledge of the three basic embouchure types as a model, it is possible to help troubleshoot embouchure problems much more accurately and earlier than is possible by simply using the sound as a guide.

Embouchure Questions and Comments.  My videos have generated a lot of discussion online.  In this video I wanted to address some of the questions and comments I got and try to clear up some of misunderstandings about my approach to studying brass embouchures.

Embouchure Dysfunction.  There are a handful of high profile teacher/performers who have developed a reputation for helping players with serious embouchure troubles, yet most of them never appear to address basic embouchure characteristics.  In this 2 part video I show examples of embouchure dysfunction and how these players’ embouchure form deviates from the three basic embouchure types in one or more ways.  It is my belief that an understanding of the basic embouchure types would make embouchure troubleshooting much more efficient than is currently used by most experts.

Embouchure Misconceptions: Five Myths About Brass Embouchures.  When I discuss brass embouchures I frequently hear many people repeating some form of the same five misconceptions about brass embouchure form and function.  In this video I address the following myths about embouchures:  1.  You should model your own embouchure after another player’s, 2.  Embouchures are too complex to analyze, 3.  There are no embouchure problems, only breathing problems, 4.  The best way to develop your embouchure is through a purely musical approach, and 5. The mouthpiece should be centered with more top lip inside the mouthpiece.

The Double Buzz.  A common issue with many brass players ranging from beginners to experienced players, the double buzz has several different possible causes.  In this video I discuss a few of them and show how a proper understanding of the actual source of the problem is essential for correcting a double buzz.

Free Buzzing For Brass Players.  This video discusses an easy exercise that brass players can do away from their instrument to help them build embouchure strength and control.

Performances

BTRB For Unaccompanied Trombone by David Cope.  I opened this particular recital with this unconventional piece.  It was a lot of fun performing this work for the shock value, and I managed to not hurt myself so badly that I couldn’t play the rest of the recital.

A Visit From St. Nick, composed and arranged by David Wilken set to the popular Christmas poem.  This video is the premier performance of this composition by the Asheville Jazz Orchestra featuring Rodney Hagans as the narrator.

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, composed by Richard Wagner and performed by the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band, with me at the podium.