Trombone lesson: Flexibility with pedal tones

Trombone lesson: Flexibility with pedal tones

Trombone lesson: Flexibility with pedal tones

I have previously written about the value of working with pedal tones, but there is still more to it! In these exercises, the focus lies on including pedal tones when you work on flexibility on the trombone (or other brass instruments), and being able to access them effortless and without changing the embouchure too much compared to the normal range.

I find these exercises very rewarding for my trombone playing in general and it really helps me get that full-fat sound I want, also in the high range.

Depending on the size of your trombone, and your chops in general, you might not be able to play the exercises all the way down to pedal E on 7th position. That´s ok, just go as deep as you can. If you work on the pedal tone range daily for a period, you will improve fast and be able to play more of the exercises and get all the way down.

And unless you have elephant-sized lounges, you won’t be able to play many notes in one breath, so just fill up whenever you need to. Airflow is more important than a steady tempo in these exercises.

Good luck!

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You will find this exercise and many others in the book Flexibility for Trombone – 38 pages in print-friendly pdf format.

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  1. Seven 13 years ago

    A rolnlig stone is worth two in the bush, thanks to this article.

  2. james garcia 13 years ago

    My name James Garcia and I have always wanted to learn to plsy the trombone because the musical instrument has alot of melody when I was in Middle School Iplayed the tuba but now I play the acoustic guitar and I want to learn how to play both musical instruments.

  3. king2b 13 years ago

    Hi James!
    With a tuba background it should´t be that hard to get started on the trombone. Hope you find some useful information here. Good luck with it!

  4. larry ward 13 years ago

    how can I download the pedal tone’s PDF. or can I pay online. Larry
    Rapid City SD

    80 years old

  5. king2b 13 years ago

    Send me an email and we´ll figure it out!

  6. larry ward 13 years ago

    I managed to download the pedal tones 2 sheets.thanks

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