Trombone Solo "Blue John"

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by rgdunning, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. rgdunning

    rgdunning Member

    Hi there everyone! i'm just about to let loose the solo Blue John on our band. Are there any playing tips out there from people that have already performed it or herd it being performed????????? :p
  2. Chris Thomas

    Chris Thomas Member

    There's a really good recording by Simon Kingsley with Grimethorpe here:

    I've never played it, but as with any solo, practice it until the neigbours start arming themselves!

  3. rgdunning

    rgdunning Member

    Cheers Chris!! got this CD its a good un!!
  4. Deltabrass

    Deltabrass Member

    I love that solo! It's up there with Blessed Assurance for me! I rehearsed it with a band a few times and it's great fun. I was lucky enough to acoompany Jon Pippen playing it as well a couple of years back. No real tips for you sorry, but enjoy it 'cos it's a cracker and will go down really well!
  5. les

    les Member

    Hi Robert - I have indeed played this and it is a good solo. The only advice I would offer is to really let it swing, so it sounds slick and crucially "jazzy"!

    It could be a mistake to try to play it straight. doodle tongue and all that!

    I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun with it.

    Good luck for Blackpool mate.

    Md Eccles Borough Band
  6. blasterbates

    blasterbates Member

    Yeah it's a great solo - our young trombone soloist at Thurlstone (Lewis Bettles) played it off-by-heart at the Stocksbridge Concert Season last year when he was only 11 - sounded great and the audience loved it - he ended up winning the "soloist of the year" award for his performance as well!
  7. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Bass players beware - I made a right "Pigs ear" of it a couple of years ago on a park job.
    My excuse is it was a very faded copy and the last bar of each stave was missing.
    Funnily enough the MD resigned just after that job - I hope there wasn't a connection !!
    It "Swung" alright, but not necessarily in the right direction !
    - Wilkie
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2008
  8. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    "Swing like a gibbet"

    One of the all time great musical descriptions.
  9. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    It's an excellent piece.

    I've heard it played well, and I've heard it played very very badly. Give it some swing like others have said, and above all, don't play it until you're ready to play it out. It's a craker of a piece, but if there's no confidence behind the performance, it can't shine the way it's meant to : )

    *sings* ''let it shhhiiiiiiiiinnnnnne, let it shine!''