What others are saying about "Good Vibrations"
Randy Gardner has written one of the most
significant books on brass pedagogy of the 21st
Century! Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass
Players will be a reference guide for many decades to
all brass players. The book not only give us basics,
articulations, tone, dynamics, endurance, range suggestions
but the “how to” practice these most important skills to
develop our brass playing and our students and the next
generation of brass players.
I give my highest and most enthusiastic
endorsement of Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass
Players. I can’t wait to have this book in my practice
room and studio.
Professor of Horn, Northwestern University
Charles Deering Professor of Teaching
Retired, Assoc. Principal Horn, Chicago
Respected worldwide as a musician and
pedagogue, Randy Gardner inspires both the performer and the
teacher to think critically and delve deeper into their
music making approach. This book outlines a beautifully
designed, proven highly successful method of teaching and
learning that will help any musician take greater control
over their learning, and optimize their progress and
Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, The
Horn Professor, The Curtis Institute of Music
and Juilliard School of Music
This is an extremely well thought out and
clearly articulated addition to the brass literature.
Randy's exceptional talents and experience as a performer
and teacher of the highest quality shine in every chapter.
Every serious brass student should own this book.
Robert Sullivan, Professor of Trumpet,
Former member of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland
Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras
Brilliantly conceived and flawlessly written,
Randy Gardner’s Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass
Players is destined to become one of the cornerstones of
the brass player’s library.
As a teacher at the university level these
past fifty years, I have encountered a number of students
whose performance potential was significantly impaired by
poor fundamentals. In his book, Mr. Gardner has provided
the brass community with a valuable source of information
containing specific and detailed instructions on the skill
sets so necessary to become proficient in brass
performance. What a powerful resource!
This scholarly publication is well organized,
comprehensive, clearly articulated, intelligently written,
and, most importantly informed through experience.
Pedagogues wishing to further their knowledge will benefit
greatly from the detailed analysis of all aspects of brass
playing and problem solving techniques presented in this
Mr. Gardner’s care and commitment to helping
performers “not just get the job done, but get the job done
correctly” resonates throughout this book.
is a must read for any serious student of brass
Professor Emerita, The Shepherd School of
Music, Rice University
Retired, Assoc. Principal Trumpet, Cincinnati
This book is chock full of insightful
perceptions, practical "how-to-do-it" advice, and relevant,
specific applications of the principles of technique and
musicianship to the brass repertoire. Professor Gardner
offers insightful discussion of the fundamentals of brass
technique, a patient, logical, structured approach to
practicing, the dutiful assimilation of new principles,
and the assessment of structured, measured progress, all
dispensed with inspired encouragement supplemented with
homespun jocularity. This is an invaluable resource for all
levels and ages of brass practitioners--beginners to
professionals. Congratulations to Mr. Gardner on this
splendid addition to the canon of brass playing and brass
teaching. We are all the fortunate beneficiaries of his
astute observations and cogent advice.
W. Peter Kurau
Professor of Horn/Eastman School of Music
Principal Horn/Rochester Philharmonic
Randy Gardner has published a highly
interesting book, addressing (almost) everything a serious
brass player needs to know about efficient practicing and
good performing. Good Vibrations is full of sound
advice and constructive suggestions. Impressive and
Frøydis Ree Wekre
Professor Emerita, Norwegian Academy of Music
International guest teacher RNCM Manchester
in my career as a professional Hornist,
Randy Gardner's first book, Mastering the
Horn's Low Register, quickly became one
of the most beneficial resources in my goal
of becoming an Orchestral Horn player. Good
Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players greatly
expands upon these valuable teaching and
learning techniques not only for horn
players, but for all brass players. Randy's
unique writing style packs years of
knowledge and expertise into a concise
format that is easily accessible for
beginners and professionals alike. This book
is a must-have for all serious brass players
Jesse McCormick, Second Horn - The
- Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Congratulations and thanks to Randy Gardner
for this well thought-through book - the fruit of his many
years of practice and performance at the highest levels of
our profession. Both the physical and mental aspects of
brass performance are addressed in a common-sensical, clever
and caring manner. It takes its place on my studio bookshelf
alongside related works by Farkas, Kleinhammer, Wick and
others. I recommend it highly!
Professor of Trombones and Euphonium
Jacobs School of Music
Randy Gardner's Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass
Players is a wonderful new addition to the canon of
brass pedagogy. Professor Gardner offers highly practical
advice in all areas of brass performance, drawing upon his
years of experience as a top-level performer and a
celebrated teacher of the horn. His measured, thoughtful
approach illuminates each topic area with crystal clarity
and an engaging writing style. Players of all ages and
experience levels can benefit from this important work,
written by one of the great icons in the brass world. Every
aspect of Professor Gardner's pedagogical ideas is spot on.
I have personally never seen this material presented so
effectively and concisely. I highly recommend that everyone
go out and buy a copy of Good Vibrations (for
themselves and their students) today! It invariably will
become a must-have in the area of brass pedagogy methods."
Canadian Brass, University of Illinois at
Randy Gardner has made another key
contribution to the brass playing community. Good
Vibrations is possibly the most important treatise in
this genre since Farkas’s The Art of Brass Playing.
Mr. Gardner’s detailed and personal narrative style
sparked many fond memories of my years spent in his studio.
This book should be on the shelf of every brass performer,
pedagogue, and student.
Principal Horn, Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Associate Professor of Horn, University of
Colorado at Boulder
Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass
is a comprehensive source of practical information for brass
musicians. Written in a down-to-earth style, it gives
students and teachers of brass instruments inspiring
ideas for use in their development as musicians. While some
material is horn-specific, players of other brass
instruments will find an abundance of great information
pertaining to developing skills and growing as a musician.
Players preparing for auditions, either in the orchestra or
band field, will find plenty of applicable concepts and
methods that will help them stand out to a committee as an
example of a complete musician.
Mr. Gardner's years of experience and thorough, yet caring,
teaching style shine through in the pages of this book. It
is an excellent "how to" book for anyone who is serious
about becoming a more complete brass musician.
John Cradler- tuba artist and clinician,
This method book by Randy Gardner addresses
everything you need to know to become a successful brass
player. I feel it is one of the most important pedagogical
books of our time. It is a must for everyone’s
library. Thank you Randy Gardner!
Provost Professor (tuba, euphonium)
Jacobs School of Music