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Two Octave Natural Minor Scales and Arpeggios

By Richard Human, Jr. • June 14, 2022 in The Practice Room
After the major scales and arpeggios, the natural minor scales and arpeggios, or Aeolian mode, are the second-most used scales and chords in Western classical music, jazz, and rock. If you have memorized your major scales and arpeggios and know their key signatures, then you already know the natural minor scales and arpeggios!

Two Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios for Bass Trombone

By Chris Waage • January 13, 2022 in From the Studio
For a bass trombonist, scale practice down to the bottom end of the instrument is critical for mastery. You've probably already been working into the pedal register - after all, it's fun! Now, let's put that fun to work.

Multiple Tonguing for Trombonists

By David Mathie • October 27, 2021 in The Practice Room
As trombone players, we are expected to tongue whatever is put in front of us, assuming we don't need to move our slides much when things get fast. Joking aside, brass players need to accommodate passages that are too rapid to tongue using the normal "Tah" syllable. To do this we use multiple tonguing.

Alternate Positions (And How to Use Them)

By David Mathie • June 01, 2021 in The Practice Room
In the brass family, alternate fingerings are rarely needed and rarely used, with the exception of the trombone. On our instrument, alternate positions are of vital importance and make it possible for us to have technical facility approaching that of the valved brass.

Trombone Basics: Accessories

By Luke Malewicz • April 27, 2021 in The Practice Room
In addition to your instrument you will also need some accessories to get started. These vary from ones you may already be familiar with like a music stand to ones you may not realize you need.

Trombone Basics: Correct Posture and Holding the Instrument

By Luke Malewicz • February 19, 2021 in The Practice Room
As you get more comfortable with your new instrument it's important to start building good habits. One of the first challenges you will encounter (apart from making sound on the trombone) is properly holding it in a way that is not only comfortable but will also give you the best chance of producing a good sound.

The Joy in Being Able

By Richard Human, Jr. • February 07, 2021 in The Practice Room
Norman Bolter, composer of many striking and meaningful musical works for the trombone, has written this work, The Joy In Being Able, specifically for the younger trombonist. This piece is available only here in the "Practice Room" section of the Online Trombone Journal.

Trombone Basics: How to Put Together and Take Apart Your Instrument

By Luke Malewicz • January 31, 2021 in The Practice Room
Just as with any instrument the trombone is easy to damage it if we are not careful not only when playing it but also when we take it out and put it back into the case. In this video I will walk you through putting the instrument together and taking it apart.

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.

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