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From the Studio

Jazz Improvisation for Beginners

By David Wilken • April 01, 2002
So you want to learn how to improvise jazz. "Where do I begin?" you might ask. You have worked hard to learn to read music, now how do you make it up on the spot? Use this introduction to get started!

Playing Legato on the Trombone: A Primer

By Walter Barrett • July 31, 2000
Most trombonists at one time or another have trouble executing a clean, singing legato. This article is an introduction to the basic slurring techniques used by trombonists, and some basic tips on how to practice them.

Vibrato: An Overview for Trombonists

By Walter Barrett • April 26, 2006
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.