This site is dedicated to my father, Joseph Alessi Sr., who was a professional trumpet player and teacher to countless trumpet players in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was also my first brass teacher starting me on the cornet and later on the trombone. For many years I have thought about publishing a book on trombone technique. Instead of doing this, I redirected this idea in the form of a website dedicated to all aspects of trombone playing and musicianship. I intend to add content to this site for years to come, and I will dedicate my time and efforts to adding worthwhile content. Currently we have four areas for you to peruse. Warm up, Video Tutorials, my recordings of orchestral passages, and the Orchestra “Machine” which is a new way to prepare orchestral excerpts; playing along with an orchestra as part of your audition preparation. We intend to improve this site and we welcome your suggestions.
Mr. Alessi’s Documentation of his Personal Warm-up. Warm up with him, alternating between his playing and yours and listening to his thoughts on all aspects of the process.
To guide you, Mr. Alessi’s own recordings of the excerpts will help you understand how to play with the correct sound, rhythm and style.
With this feature, you can watch and listen to New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joseph Alessi on in-depth video tutorials. In these lessons, Mr. Alessi discusses many important aspects of trombone performance including buzzing, slide technique and tuning.
The ultimate in ‘real-time’ simulation, the Orchestra “Machine” is a complete library of sound samples, compiled with and without a complete trombone section, allowing you to create the professional, symphonic experience in your own practice space. Hear and feel how each excerpt works within the context of an orchestral performance of the highest caliber.
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To guide you, Mr. Alessi’s own recordings of these excerpts will help you understand how to play with the correct sound, rhythm and style.
Detailed annotations for each excerpt with emphasis on Articulations, Breathing, Phrasing and Slide Positions