When I launched qPress over 5 years ago, the plan was very simple: create a marketplace that puts everything ever written for the trumpet in one place. Since the day we started we have published, translated, transcribed, and distributed more books for trumpet than any publisher in the world.
I have always loved the idea of having a store just for you. A store where every book, every solo, every duet collection, is relevant to your musical enjoyment, technical improvement, and your career. This begs the question, why would you add another instrument into the mix? Well, here is why.
This addition of Trombone methods and repertoire is an offshoot of the qPress trumpet store. It has its own URL and its own separate categories, which means that trumpeters still get their own store that is customized just for them, and Trombone players do as well. We will add Tuba and Baritone next, followed by French Horn next year. If you are a trumpeter, just bookmark this link to see only trumpet relevant materials, and if you are a trombonist, you can do the same with this link.
Aside from having dedicated stores for each instrument, there is also quite a bit of natural cross-over between the instruments. They all play in Brass Quintet, for instance, and many books are meant for Trombone or Baritone or include parts for both Trumpet and Trombone. By branching out we can add more material for more players without crowding the marketplace and making music discovery a pain.
The biggest reason for expanding into low brass is a fundamental one, and it is the driving force behind the entire project. Instruments that are less commonly played, less frequently heard, and less popular in mainstream media, are often left with a very little repertoire in print and have very little space dedicated to them in retail and online outlets. This is not fair, and this is a shame. Our literature is very important to us. It defines our history, outlines our lineage, and it shows the clear progression of our place in the musical world. Having the opportunity to bring some of these books out of obscurity and into the hands of trombone players all over the world is an honour and a privilege. Have a look around at the 38 books we are starting with, and be in touch with any requests, I would love to hear from you.