Book Recommendations

This is a list of books that I recommend to trombone players aspiring to a career in music. Internalizing each one is like taking several lessons and/or years of life experience and, in my opinion, well worth the time invested.

You may be able to find the books in different formats and/or prices by shopping around. Frankly, I almost always just borrow from the public library!

My list starts with the ones directly related to trombonists and gradually moves towards less-direct recommendations. They are not listed from best to worst – In some cases, it might be the exact opposite!


Also Sprach Arnold Jacobs: A Developmental Guide for Brass Wind Musicians, compiled by Bruce Nelson.

What Every Trombonist Needs to Know about the Body, by David Vining


Sound in Motion: A Performer’s Guide to Greater Musical Expression, by David McGill


The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference, by David Cutler

The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact, by David Cutler (Kindle, Paperback)


Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique (The Integrated Musician), by Pedro de Alcantara (Kindle, Paperback)

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth (Kindle, Paperback)

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell (Kindle, Paperback)

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, by Geoff Colvin (Kindle, Paperback)

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear (Kindle, Paperback)

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein (Kindle, Paperback)

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield (Kindle, Paperback)


Any other books you think trombone players should read? As always, comment below or contact me!

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