What they say about the book
The book is recommended by some of the most prominent trombonists from today.
Bravo Ben! I am so impressed with your new method book. Many of your
concepts I use myself in my own practicing and performing, especially
your wonderful thoughts on breathing and blowing. It is great to see
your own concepts documented in such a clear and convincing way, and
so thoroughly! All trombonists will benefit from your words and exercises.
I will recommend your book to all of my students!
Principal Trombone New York Philharmonic
Congratulations to Ben on a wonderful book. Congratulations to the rest
of us for having such a great resource available to us! Ben"s book will
be a great help to players of all levels. This is a truly musical approach
to the daily routine of trombone playing. I will use this book for my teaching
and I for my own daily practice. Thank You Ben for your generous gift to
the trombone world.
Bass Trombonist San Francisco Symphony
This is a unique, highly practical work for every serious student of the
trombone - no matter how advanced he/she might be. Ben van Dijk's topics
are Breathing, Daily Routines and Warm-ups, which he presents profoundly
and with a healthy philosophy. The author's wealth of experience, insight
and understanding is extraordinary.
Ever one of his many "tips" will without a doubt prove invaluable, as it
is carried by a strong enthusiasm and love for the trombone, its teaching
and music in general. Beside text and exercises you find a rich collection
of famous names and photos included, making users aware, in what elitist
company they are.
Congratulations to Ben, who did the work and congratulations to the young
players, who undoubtedly will benefit from it.
Prof. Hochschule fur Musik, Detmold/Germany
Dear Ben, cordial congratulations on the publication of your terrific book!
I assure that this book is beneficial not only to the young generations
aspiring to be trombone players but also to orchestra player like ourselves.
With the many pieces of advice based on your experience, this book gives
great hope and is encouraging to many players.
Bass Trombonist Tokyo Metropolitan symphony Orchestra
Thank you Ben for writing this wonderful book. It is very important for the
trombone world, that a great player like you shares this knowledge with us.
The exercises are great and the text is very practical and helpful.
I'm going to use it myself. My compliments and congratulations.
Bart van Lier
Jazz soloist and principal trombone of the Metropole Orchestra
This book is great, not only for bass and tenor trombone players, but for
brass in general. Focusing on the proper use of air is so important.
I really like the use of actual music for practice purposes. This material
is going to put a lot of players on the right path.
Studio (Jazz) Bass trombone virtuoso
Any trombonist's library should have room for another book, especially one
which offers unique insight. Such is the case with Ben van Dijk's new book
which is a refreshing addition to the bibliography of fine trombone texts.
Its comprehensive exercises and commentary on the daily routine and warm-up
are excellent and will prove to be helpful to any trombonist, regardless of
their playing level. To this Ben has added a useful section of "tips" on
a wide variety of subjects; short bursts of ideas which can be considered,
tried and implemented in the matter of minutes. Ben's friendly, breezy and
helpful literary style makes this book accessible to anyone. Ben van Dijk
has established himself as one of the finest performers and teachers of the
trombone; with his new book, he shows himself to be equally adept as an
author and his contagious love for the trombone and music making comes through
loud and clear on every page.
Bass Trombonist Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ben van Dijk is one of the great trombone masters of our time. Not only is
he a great trombonist but he is also a superb 'musician'! He has used his
artistry and vast experience to create a work of significant importance.
His advice on the technique of 'allowing' the trombone to function efficiently
is excellent. Equally insightful are his tips on attitude and the psychological
aspect of playing our instrument. Many thanks Ben for your outstanding contribution.
Internationally acclaimed trombonist, band leader and educator