Trombone lesson: High range glissando

This exercise is intended to help you expand your range with full control of the embouchure. It is designed to let you start in a comfortable mid range, and work your way both up and down, making sure that your lips are prepared to play in any register at all times. I like the idea of expanding the range both up and down in the same exercise, as it helps you keep the embouchure in place, as well as you “warm down” a little between the high range pats of the exercises.

Your focus should be to keep the same lip position on the mouthpiece, regardless of the register you play in. The only change should be Continue reading

    Trombone lesson: Triad inversions work out

    It was supposed to be a simple little exercise, didn´t expect it to end up covering nine pages of sheet music!

    This is an exercise about the different types of triads and their inversions. Triads are a fundamental part of western music, both classical, jazz and pop/rock etc. You don´t need a bachelor in triadism to spot the difference between major and minor, but when you include the different inversion, mix minor, major, augmented and diminished it can be a bit more tricky to tell them apart. Continue reading

      Trombone lesson: Altered scale in all keys

      Maybe you read my previous article with scale exercises? Then let´s move on with the same concept using the altered scale!

      I find the altered scale to be very useful when I improvise. It has more edge and tension than any mode of the major scale. And it´s very useful over a large variety of chords.

      first, here´s the scale in the key of C:

      It consists of the root, b9, #9, major third, #11, b6, and the b7. These are all notes you use in an altered dominant chord. As a matter of fact, you can play all the notes in the scale at once, creating a C7 b9 #11 b13. Continue reading