Musician Records Himself From His Trombone's Point of View

Kids, don't try this at home.

After a practice session in his New York City apartment, trombonist David Finlayson decided to try something for fun. He attached a GoPro video camera to the slide of his brass Yamaha Xeno trombone and began to play.

A year and a half later, a colleague asked Finlayson for permission to post the video clip online. What followed was an online explosion on YouTube, Facebook and other social outlets - including a million hits on Finlayson's personal website.

"I've gotten emails from all over the world about it," said Finlayson. "It's been crazy. It's gone viral, as they say. The traffic has been enormous."

A professional trombonist for the New York Philharmonic and a photographer, Finlayson said he never expected his minute-and-a-half video to become so popular.

GoPro cameras - which have jumped in popularity since the company debut in 2002 - are often used by adrenaline junkies to show their exploits skydiving, surfing or ripping down a mountainside on a bike.

WATCH: GoPro: Innovation for Adventure

"They're everywhere, these little cameras - but not at the end of a trombone," said the 58-year-old Finlayson.

So how'd he do it?

Finlayson's trombone is custom made, outfitted with a carbon fiber slide instead of a traditional brass slide, which can be easily dented if something is clamped to it. Finlayson eventually decided to attach his GoPro to the carbon fiber slide with an attachment typically used for bicycle handlebars. He set the camera lens to its widest angle of view, and started recording as he played Trombone Etude, a 19th century piece by Joannes Rochut.

"The setting would distort my face as much as possible. It looks like my face is about to explode," said Finlayson. "Some people have commented on my eyebrows. I've really enjoyed reading the comments. That's been kind of fun."

Although he's enjoyed the feedback from the video, titled " Trombone Silliness," he says he didn't produce it for commercial reasons.

"The world needs something to smile about right now. Things have been so tense on the news with fiscal problems and people gunning each other down," said Finlayson. "I hope it spurs an idea for someone to do something that no one else has ever done before."

View Comments (143)

Recommended for You

  • Judith Light Opens Up About 'Daunting' Return to the Stage in One-Woman Show

    Two-time Tony award-winning actress Judith Light described her return to the stage in a new, one-woman play as "daunting.""I am the cast. You're looking at her," Light said in an interview that aired today on "Good Morning America." "It's really challenging. It's daunting."Golden Globes 2015: How…

    Good Morning America11 mins ago
  • Orlando Hospitals Won't Bill Pulse Nightclub Massacre Victims

    Survivors of the Pulse Nightclub massacre who were treated at two Orlando hospitals will not be billed for their medical care, the facilities announced Wednesday. Orlando Regional Hospital treated 44 patients of the June 12 terror attack, during which gunman Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 people at…

    Good Morning America17 mins ago
  • Attack on American University in Kabul Ends, 12 Dead

    A deadly attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul has ended, according to a government spokesperson. General Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul's police chief, said early Thursday that 12 people were killed. Of the 12 killed, he said 7 were students, 3 were police officers and 2 were…

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • Back to School: Tech Tool to Help Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence

    As the summer ends and thoughts turn to a return to school and classes, some parents may be wondering how to help their children fall in love with learning from a young age. Q Wunder, an app launching in September, uses games, fun, songs and celebrity interviews to try to teach the critical skills…

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • Italy Earthquake: 10-Year-Old Girl Rescued From Rubble 17 Hours Later

    It took 17 hours and several firefighters to rescue her, but 10-year-old Giulia was pulled from the rubble alive today after an earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday. As rescue workers raced to find survivors beneath the crumbled buildings in the town of Pescara del Tronto, about 100 miles…

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • 'Extreme Weight Loss' Chris Powell's Tips to Get the Whole Family Active

    Powell, who, with his wife, Heidi Powell, has a combined family of four kids, said that when motivating kids to move, it’s important to keep the activities fun and to offer incentives, like time with friends. Try this workout with your kids and keep reading below for more of Powell’s workout tips!

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • Buildings Flattened, Cars Tossed But No Serious Injuries After Indiana Tornadoes

    Multiple tornadoes struck central Indiana Wednesday -- damaging homes, leveling buildings and piling cars on top of one another like toys. Miraculously, state police said late Wednesday that no serious injures had been reported even as tens of thousands of residents had no power. National Weather…

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • ‘DWTS’ Season 23: Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returns to Competition as Pro Dancer

    Maskim Chmerkovskiy, considered the bad boy of the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom, will rejoin the cast as a pro dancer on the new season. The outspoken fan favorite is the season 18 mirror ball pro champion -- his only win in more than a dozen seasons on “Dancing With the Stars.” After taking…

    Good Morning America20 mins ago
  • Death Toll Climbs to 247 After Earthquake in Central Italy, 368 Injured

    Nearly 24 hours after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 247, aftershocks continued and the odd survivor was still being pulled from the rubble. At 5:17 a.m. local time Thursday morning -- nearly 26 hours after the quake first struck -- central Italy…

    Good Morning America42 mins ago
  • Woman Dies After Falling 40 Feet From Zip Line in Delaware

    A 59-year-old woman has died after falling approximately 40 feet from a zip line at the Lums Pond State Park in Delaware.The accident happened at about 1:40 p.m. on the Go Ape Treetop Adventure attraction, according to police.The woman, who has not been identified, was treated at the scene before…

    Good Morning America
  • In Pictures: A Look at Rebel Life as Historic Colombia-FARC Peace Deal Is Signed

    After more than 55 years of conflict, which prematurely ended 220,000 lives, Colombia appears to be on the precipice of peace.Following nearly four years of intense negotiations, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos and leaders from the Marxist rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia…

    Good Morning America
  • Prince's Paisley Park to Be Turned Into Museum

    Fans will get a chance to visit the famed studio where the legendary Prince wrote and recorded many of his songs. According to a statement today from Bremer Trust, the firm in charge of Prince's estate, public tours of Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota will begin Oct. 6. "Millions of Prince…

    Good Morning America
  • Research Shows Links Between Obesity and 8 Additional Cancers

    While obesity is often associated with a host of other health issues including high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack, a new study is examining how the condition is also related to cancer risk. A review of several studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine found new…

    Good Morning America
  • 2 Flights Suffer Bird Strikes Arriving at JFK 2 Hours Apart

    Two flights, two hours apart, suffered bird strikes this morning on arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, officials said. JetBlue Flight 1248 reported striking a bird after landing at 8:30 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Airbus A320, which…

    Good Morning America
  • Aerial Video Shows Italian Town Devastated by Earthquake

    Video from a drone that captures the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Italy today shows the contrast between the chaos in one hard-hit town and the serenity of the countryside beside it.The video takes in the town — where buildings stand next to others that were destroyed — as well as the fields…

    Good Morning America
  • Kate Gosselin Opens Up About Son Collin's 'Special Needs'

    It's been nearly 10 years since Kate Gosselin introduced her eight children -- twin girls and sextuplets -- to the world. Now 41, Gosselin appears on the latest cover of People magazine with her twin daughters, now 15, and all but one of her sextuplets, now 12. The reality star, who divorced her…

    Good Morning America
  • Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered Orbiting Proxima Centauri, Closest Star to Our Sun

    Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized, potentially habitable planet orbiting our closest stellar neighbor. Though the exoplanet is over four light years away, it's been hailed the "closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System," the European Space Observatory said today. The…

    Good Morning America