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© 2019 by Thomas Sullivan

Bone-Fu

Bone-Fu is the culmination of more than 25 years teaching trombone privately in NYC.  These books contain the tools and techniques that I've used to successfully teach beginners and advanced students alike.  They're the books that I wish I'd had when I first starting teaching.

Do you want to learn to read notes and rhythms in record time?  Would you like to learn to play ten beginner songs?  Start with Bone-Fu:  First Songs.  Are you a beginner working to develop your technique and train your ear?  Bone-Fu: Daily Exercises Volume 1 is a perfect place to start.  If you're more of an intermediate/advanced student then begin with Bone-Fu: Daily Exercise Volume 2.  Are you interested in learning your Major and minor scales in record time and in a way that's intuitive and fun?  Bone-Fu: Scales You Need to Know is your answer.

Songs You Need to Know
is exactly what it claims to be:  84 songs that every well rounded musician should know, in the best keys for the trombone.  Tiny Etudes is a three volume collection of lessons specially designed to build technique and make you a better trombone player.

I'm thrilled to share this knowledge with you, and I'm confident that these books will make you a better player and a more effective teacher.

 

Bone-Fu: First Songs is unlike any other beginner method you've tried.  You'll learn to read pitches on the staff in under five minutes.  You'll learn to read basic rhythms easily and effectively.  There's also ten beginner songs, with lessons to help you play them.

  • Frère Jacques

  • Hot Cross Buns

  • Jingle Bells

  • Lightly Row

  • London Bridge

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb

  • Ode to Joy

  • Old MacDonald

  • This Old ManTwinkle

  • Twinkle Little Star

Bone-Fu: Volume 1 contains daily exercises specially crafted for the beginning trombone player.  You'll learn:

  • The parts of the trombone

  • How to 'map' the instrument

  • The definition of an interval

  • How to find half steps and whole steps

  • How to make a sound, articulate and play your first notes

Plus exercise that work on Long Tones, Flexibility & Articulation

 

Bone-Fu: Daily Exercises Volume 2 contains all of the exercises that I use in my daily practice routine.  It's meant for intermediate to advanced players.  This is my own take on how to practice the fundamentals that every trombonist needs to be successful.

Long Tones.  Flexibility.  Articulation.

Practice them every day.

 

Practice them the Bone-Fu way.

 

Bone-Fu:  Scales You Need to Know is an innovative new way to learn and master scales that's suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

Major and minor scales and arpeggios.  We know that its important to practice them.  We're all familiar with the 'memorize the key signature and read the scale on the staff' approach, but is there a better way?

Click here to learn more and try out your first scales.

 

Songs You Need to Know in the best keys for trombone.  84 of them to be exact.  Plus a bonus section on how to read and understand key signatures.

Click here to see the full list of songs.

 

When I first started teaching the trombone I was never happy with the method books that were out there for beginners.

My students enjoyed playing the songs, but I could never seem to get them to play the exercises between the songs.  To be honest I found these exercises as boring as my students, and they weren't helping them learn as quickly as I would have liked.

I needed to find something more effective.  After a great deal of trial and error working with students of all age groups, I finally came up with the concept of Tiny Etudes and the method books you see before you.

Each tiny etude is built on one of the songs in 'Songs You Need to Know'.  Think of these as a set of companion books with etudes specially designed to help you play a specific song.  You'll build technique while learning a song.

Click here to download a sample.