For over 400 years, the serpent has challenged players and fascinated listeners with its unique shape and sound. In this video - the first of its kind - Douglas Yeo (bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) gives the viewer a comprehensive look at the serpent. Part One features an historical overview of the traditional French church serpent, and many other forms of serpents and bass horns - including English military serpents, serpent Forveille, serpent a pavillon, early cimbasso, ophimonocleide, English bass horn, bass cornetto and the great "Anaconda" contrabass serpent - are shown and demonstrated, many for the first time in an audio or video production. Part Two is a serpent lesson, where Douglas Yeo guides the beginning serpent player through a practical approach to the instrument. In Part Three, the viewer can play along with Douglas Yeo in a series of serpent of duets taken from 19th century French serpent method books. Several of these duets are donein both slow and faster tempos to allow players to to enjoy the music in different ways. Finally, Part Four answers the questions one may have about the serpent: where to purchase an instrument, music and recordings, how to get more information about theinstrument, and an introduction to the "Rogers mouthpiece," especially made for modern baritones and euphoniums to give today's players an entry into the sound world of the serpent. Also included on this disc are PDF files of all music played on the video including exercises, warm ups and duets. DVD format - not a printed book. PAL format - for Europe (except France), Brazil, Argentina, Australia, China, India, Western Africa, the Middle East and other countries.