You can never have too many good tunes to play!
Simply Singing is nothing more than a big collection of tunes – both folk songs and original melodies. It is 114 pages long and is divided into five sections:
- Building a Foundation
30 original “Foundation Pieces,” each in a clearly defined musical
- Singing Smoothly
63 legato melodies. Some arranged as duets. Some are sequences of
short melodic ideas. Most melodies are presented in two keys.
- Singing with a Bounce
44 melodies in a detached style. Includes sets of short etudes focusing on a particular rhythmic/metric element
- Singing with Style
12 original pieces to strengthen a sense of common musical styles: 4 waltzes, 4 marches and 4 fanfares.
- Fiddling Around
16 fiddle tunes adapted for wind instruments. Good for testing technique!
It is available in five different instrument ranges.
Medium Bass Clef
Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon
Low Bass Clef
Tuba, Bass Trombone
Medium Treble Clef
Low Treble Clef
High Treble Clef
Flute, Oboe, Saxophone
Here’s what people are saying…
This book is a MUST HAVE for any player wanting to build a better sound and for all those advanced and professional players that want to KEEP theirs!
Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Faculty, Juilliard School of Music
Simply Singing for Winds by Brad Edwards is a welcome addition to the educational repertoire of any low brass teacher and student. It is made up of short songs and duets that are effective in improving a better sense of pitch, lyricism, and the buzz. Dr. Edwards uses many techniques to make the exercises more useful, such as adding harmonic analyses, alternate transpositions, and tips for maximizing the benefit for the individual songs. The book is very helpful for teachers of younger students, with simple duets and easy melodies. Yet Simply Singing may be even more useful for players looking to polish their already refined playing with excercises designed to help them focus on the basics that we struggle with every day.
Bass Trombone, New York Philharmonic
I find myself playing from your Simply Singing book on a daily basis. These exercises cover so many of the basic fundamentals of playing at one time, and with a musical approach. The comprehensive layout makes practicing easier. I recommend this book to all of my colleagues and students.
Trombone Professor, Eastman School of Music
Former Principal Trombone, Utah Symphony
Simply Singing for Tuba is a well-organized, progressive collection of songs and etudes for tuba. Your commentary is helpful, and even the titles of each etude provide a little inspiration. Printing the etudes twice, in different registers, is a great idea. I have always enjoyed spending some time each day on simple, melodic material, and I find your book to be a nice addition to a practice routine.
Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Center City Brass Quintet
Artist Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University
Adjunct Professor, Duquesne University
I’ve finally spent some time with your new book, another excellent resource for us! I’ve particularly enjoyed using it for buzzing practice, sitting at the piano (actually, usually my keyboard on an organ setting) playing the chords (simple enough for me to handle!!) while buzzing. The duets have been good to play in lessons–good range and open intervals for intonation work, plus good music. I also find the technical material such as the numerous tonguing etudes and “Fiddling Around” section very useful. As with your “Lip Slurs” book, you offer very useful yet concise playing tips. I’m finding myself using the “Simply Singing” and ” Lip Slurs” on a daily basis.
Associate Principal Trombone, Philadelphia Orchestra
With his musical approach to technique, Brad Edwards is barking right up my tree!
I find it very valuable and will recommend it highly to my students. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Trombone Professor, Indiana University
Free sample pages:
Medium Bass Clef