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Two Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios

By Richard Human, Jr. • December 24, 2020 in The Practice Room
As you and your ensemble members improve you will practice and perform more advanced and challenging music. Learning and practicing two octave scales and arpeggios can help you to prepare for these challenges.


Warm-up for Young Trombonists

By Linda Leonard • December 08, 2020 in The Practice Room
Your lips are made up of many muscles which help you to play trombone, and it's necessary that you warm them up every day. This is a warm-up that will help you get ready to play the trombone.


One Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios

By Richard Human, Jr. • December 08, 2020 in The Practice Room
If you have spent any time at all learning to play an instrument, you have come across scales and arpeggios. There is a reason for this - they are the foundation to musical technique, and one of the very basic doors we have into the understanding of playing our instruments.


Creating Opportunities for Young Trombonists

By Jeff Dunn • September 24, 2019 in Professional/Career
We founded the Tomball Trombone Institute to create an opportunity for students and for the greater trombone community. Since then, our annual program has seen increased enrollment, additional divisions added, and provided an opportunity for trombonists to teach others and perform. It is our hope that by sharing our story, we can inspire others to create opportunities in their communities to further our instrument and education.


Vibrato: An Overview for Trombonists

By Walter Barrett • April 26, 2006 in The Practice Room
Vibrato is a musical embellishment produced by varying a notes pitch, amplitude, or both, going slightly above and below the note in a regular, repeated fashion. This article presents various techniques for vibrato, discusses the uses of vibrato, and presents advice for learning stylistic concerns.


Professional Music in the 1920's and the Rise of the Singing Trombone

By Robert Lindsay • April 18, 2006 in Historical
Changes in instrumental solo styles sometimes reflect the changing economic and social context from which they emerge. This article explores why the so-called "singing" style of trombone, widely associated with the dance band musician Tommy Dorsey, blossomed to a new level as a working concept in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Why then, and not earlier? The article explores the changing markets for musicians in these years, and the changing technologies available to those musicians.


Washington D. C. Service Bands: Can You Afford Not to Audition?

By Brent Phillips • April 21, 2005 in Professional/Career
This article explores some of my experiences and thoughts as I auditioned and won a position with one of the most prestigious wind bands in the world, 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band.


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