Trombone lesson: Extend your range on mouthpiece

trombone mouthpiece silverThis simple little mouthpiece exercise is actually quite effective. I recently had one of those days where both breathing and embouchure felt a bit locked in. I used these patterns to kickstart both, and was impressed with the result after just few minutes.

Before you take the ride, please read the following instructions:

1. Play all patterns on your mouthpiece with a smooth glissando.

2. Do not push the air to reach the upper notes, make sure there are no dynamics involved, a steady mf or mp all the way is best.

3. Change pitch with your embouchure. Jaw, lips and tongue should be used to change the shape of the air flow, thus changing the pitch.

4. Do not use your body as a compressor in order to play a higher note. Free flow all the way through.

5. Try to make the intervals feel as small as possible, even the octaves.

6. If you find it difficult to play the right notes by ear (some of the pitches are quite tricky), play them on a piano first.

This works great as a brass warmup exercise. You can of course play this any brass instrument, just transpose the exercise to make it fit.

Good luck!

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    5 thoughts on “Trombone lesson: Extend your range on mouthpiece

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      Teddy Mulet-musician with Miami Sound Machine, Trombone and Trumpet

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    4. As a Freshman in High School, I am always seeking to improve my skills on my instrument. I am third chair in our Wind Ensemble, which is the best ensemble in our school district. I have recently challenged a senior to “steal” his chair. The two people that sit before me are a junior and a sophomore. As they end of the year is approaching, I, again, am seeking for ways to improve my skills. Unfortunately when I started Band in 6th grade, I developed the bad habit of articulating with my jaw rather than my tongue. If there are any tips for fixing this issue please contact me at I have been working on pitch recently and find mouthpiece, exercises in general, helpful. I usually just play F, Bb, D, F going up. And then I attempt to hit that high B and recently it is coming together. Although I really need to play a high A and G (which are lower yes but I haven’t even attempted to go for them) and then continue working my way up on scales. If there are any other tips for improving range please post or contact me. Thank you guys, bye.

    5. Great exercise! I haven’t played my horn in many years and am just now getting it back out. I can’t seem to hit the low notes on this exercise though. This seems strange because I thought my high range would need work. Could it be my mouthpiece? I can’t play below a low F using just the mouthpiece. With the trombone, I can go down to low b flat (below the bass staff).

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