“The real art in music is composing and improvising. There’s nothing else. I wanted in my life to somehow get better in those fields.”
Bone2pick proudly goes lower than low in July featuring our artist of the month, tuba/ fluba recording artist Jim Self. One of the most recorded tuba players in the history of the instrument, Jim has appeared on over 1,500 motion picture soundtracks including featured solos on Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Casper, Sleepless in Seattle and the classic Dennis the Menace. Throughout his illustrious career in the Los Angeles studios, Jim has recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Claus Ogerman, Randy Newman, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Don Ellis and the LA Philharmonic, to name just a few. He has released 13 CDs as a solo artist and is the inventor of the fluba. Enjoy!
One of the most virtuosic and versatile trombonists anywhere in the world, Alex Iles joins us at Hip-Bone U to discuss the fine art of being flexible in all styles of music. Whether he’s playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recording motion picture soundtracks, leading a big band section or lending his trademark sound to a rock horn section, Alex is a master at fitting into any and every musical situation that presents itself. Don’t miss this exceptional lesson from one of LA’s most in demand musicians.
Who better to learn the art of doubling from than the master doubler himself, the great Bill Reichenbach. Hip-Bone U proudly showcases Bill’s virtuosic talents as he takes us through the art of switching from tenor trombone to bass trombone to tuba to alto trombone to bass trumpet to cimbasso. With an extraordinary ability to adapt to any musical situation or instrument, Bill Reichenbach has crafted one of the most successful and respected careers in the history of low brass artistry. Check it out today!
Hip-Bone U proudly announces the release of Legato Playing, a dynamic new lesson from the great Scott Hartman. Scott is widely regarded as one of the finest brass teachers in the world today and is currently plying his craft at the esteemed Yale University. One of the most revered chamber musicians in the history of brass playing, Scott was a decade long member of the Empire Brass Quintet and has been a featured soloist with a myriad of orchestras worldwide. Hear Scott’s insights on what has helped him become one of the most respected instrumentalists and teachers working today.
Hip-Bone U proudly presents another home run of a lesson, Improv Decision Making with the brilliant Michael Dease. Michael shares his thought process and insights to improvisation and demonstrates why he has vaulted to the apex of the international jazz scene as a solo artist and featured sideman. Michael’s impressive credentials include touring and recording with the likes of Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Fred Wesley and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Expand your improvisational palette today with the help of one of the all-time great jazz trombone virtuosos.
Hip-Bone U is thrilled to present one of our best lessons to date, Chromaticism with Tim Hagans. A virtuosic improviser and genius master of chromatic harmony, Tim gives an insightful and digestible break down of how to add chromaticism to your playing. Tim’s innovative and distinct approach has made him one of the most in demand jazz artists anywhere in the world, called upon regularly by the likes of Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, the Yellowjackets, Dexter Gordon, Steps Ahead and Stan Kenton, to name just a few. Enjoy!
In an effort to give our viewers the best possible experience, HBU has upgraded to Vimeo On Demand. All our previous HBU lessons are now available on this improved format. We’ve got some killer lessons set for release in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to the U!
In addition to HBU, all bone2pick interviews will also be available on Vimeo, giving you an opportunity to check out lessons and interviews in a one stop shop. The only interviews not available on the new Vimeo format are three early text interviews with Jerry Hey, Denis Wick and Dick Nash. We want you to still be able enjoy those, so here are the links:
Hip-Bone Music announces the release of Bone Alone, the brand new CD from trombonist/composer Michael Davis. A dynamic collection of eleven original compositions, Bone Alone features various size trombone ensembles, from duets to tentets, written, performed and produced by Michael Davis using his Michael Davis and Michael Davis+ signature trombones by S.E. Shires. Fans of the slide horn…this CD is guaranteed to make your socks roll up and down!
Hip-Bone U proudly presents a true trombone virtuoso and his approach to achieving outstanding slide technique. Internationally acclaimed trombonist, composer, arranger, educator and Grammy award nominee, John Fedchock gives us a detailed analysis on how he has developed his exceptional slide technique. One of the most technically gifted and fluid trombonists of all-time, John’s complete and thorough insights give us all the opportunity to improve this important aspect of our playing.
Hip-BoneU proudly presents an inside look at getting your best sound with the great Charlie Vernon. A protege of the late, great Arnold Jacobs, Charlie shares his invaluable insight and skills on superior tone production and concept of sound. Arguably the greatest orchestral bass trombonist ever, Charlie has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 30 years. Prior to that he was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He is an internationally acclaimed soloist on the bass, tenor and alto trombones.
Hip-BoneU proudly presents an invaluable and dynamic lesson on the key fundamentals of transitioning from classical to jazz playing with the great Terell Stafford. A master of both classical and jazz trumpet playing, Terell has toured and recorded with a who’s who of jazz including McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Cedar Walton, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Heath, Mulgrew Miller and Matt Wilson. He has released eight CDs as a solo artist and has been a member of the venerable Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for the past decade. He is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at Temple University and is the managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Endurance is one of the most important aspects of playing any brass instrument. Hip‑BoneU is proud to feature the most recorded trumpet player in the chamber music medium in this exceptional video. Chris Gekker spent 18 years with the American Brass Quintet, as well as serving as principal trumpet of the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. One of the most sought after teachers anywhere in the world, Chris is currently professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland.
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Want to find out the keys to becoming a successful freelance brass player? The great Tony Kadleck sits down at Hip-Bone U to discuss the essential skills needed in all facets of quality ensemble playing. Whether it’s touring and recording with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Steely Dan or Maria Schneider, Tony generously shares his insight into what has made him New York’s busiest brass player.
Twelve all-new exercises and tracks with three variations per exercise. Take your playing and your warm-up to the next level with the latest new book in Michael’s groundbreaking warm-up series. Absolute efficiency and maximum results make the new 10 Minute Warm-Up a must have for all brass players. Available for trumpet or trombone.
“This is the ‘NYC street cart, egg and cheese on a roll’ of warm-up routines—quick, satisfying and efficient. These exercises reinforce the daily fundamental practice needed to be a successful and reliable musician.”
—David Krauss Principal Trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Crush your next recital with Michael Davis’ newest books Bone Kill and Trumpet Kill. Five suites for solo trombone or trumpet in the style of Bone Man Walking, Trombone Institute of Technology and Michael’s other acclaimed compositions. See product page for video/audio performances and more info.
“Bravo Michael! As a trumpet player and a trombone player, I have played everything you can imagine. Trumpet/Bone Kill will challenge the best of players and develop stamina, flexibility and technique. I highly recommend this book!”
—Chuck Findley LA Studio Virtuoso/International Recording Artist
Ready to add the CHA to your brass playing arsenal? What’s a CHA you ask? Check out Nick Marchione’s enlightening instructional video on the Art of the CHA.