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Trombone

Band Member Dr. Brett Baker
Position Principal Trombone
Instrument Trombone
eLearning:  for Trombone's

Course Description

Course Content
Total Learning: 30 Lessons Time: 10 Hours
01.

Making your first sounds

Instrument assembly, the use of the slide and posture.  How to make a sound and playing your first notes (middle G and low C)

20 minutes

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02.

Introducing breathing

Breath control, the use of warm ups, staccato and tenuto markings. We also look at two octave scales and chromatic scales.

20 minutes

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03.

Exploring Italian terms

Using different moods and styles of playing. Understanding Italian terms. Looking at a variety of two octave and chromatic scales

20 minutes

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04.

Introducing new notes

A recap of Lesson 1 and introducing two new notes, (low Bb and middle F). Exploring concepts of rhythm and pitch.

20 minutes

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05.

A Recap for you

Looking back at key signatures already learnt, dotted rhythms and slurs (articulations).

20 minutes

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06.

Sharps and flats

Exploring key signatures up to four sharps and four flats, and a variety of articulations using a graded piece.

20 minutes

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07.

Introducing time signatures

Reading simple note lengths: minims and crochets. Understanding the 4/4 Time Signature and a simple arpeggio.

20 minutes

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08.

Time signatures and scales

Revisiting the difference between compound and simple time signatures and introducing the dominant 7th scale.

20 minutes

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09.

Developing your style

Exploring dynamic, artistic and stylistic contrasts as well as alternative slide positions.

20 minutes

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10.

Learning your first scales!

Introducing your first scale - the C scale and new time signatures ¾ and 5/4.

20 minutes

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11.

Plumbing the depths!

Introducing low A and low G, more minor scales, the 7th position and the use of glissandos.

20 minutes

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12.

Slowing it down!

This lesson will develop and enhance your knowledge of slow melody playing on pieces of a Grade 6 standard.

20 minutes

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13.

Understanding rhythms

Using “clapping” to help you understand and introducing sharps and flats.

20 minutes

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14.

Aiming High!

Introducing top A, the short second slight position and important practice techniques.

20 minutes

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15.

Jumps and flexibility

Exploring octave jumps and lip flexibilities on an extended piece of music

20 minutes

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16.

Time signatures

Introduce compound time and tied notation

20 minutes

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17.

Playing pieces

Working on two graded studies for to perform and the concept of tuning on the slide.

20 minutes

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18.

Improving technique

This lesson will focus on slide technique using a graded piece.

20 minutes

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19.

Different notes and scales

Introducing semiquavers and starting minor scales.

20 minutes

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20.

Time to Swing!

Introducing top B and low f sharp, and some ABRSM pieces using swing rhythms.

20 minutes

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21.

Improving flexibility and technique

We look at more ways to improve techniques whilst playing pieces.

20 minutes

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22.

Hitting the Highs!

Introducing High E and High F and the E minor scale

20 minutes

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23.

More difficult pieces

We look at playing in a number of sharps and working on an extended ABRSM piece, testing your technique.

20 minutes

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24.

Stay relaxed and breathe!

We work on reducing tension while playing and look at breathing techniques whilst working on a graded piece.

20 minutes

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25.

Going higher!

Introduce you to triplets and the top note so far - high G.

20 minutes

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26.

Improving your slide technique

Exploring the minor melodic scale and the higher register slide positions, leading to greater ability.

20 minutes

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27.

Going Solo!

Playing a solo is one of the best feelings, especially when playing a slow melody and smooth playing - one of the hardest things to do on Trombone.

20 minutes

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28.

Learning a piece

Finally, you can now play a number of scales and we will play a complete piece.

20 minutes

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29.

All the C’s!

We look at the concept of sight reading the top C, pedal C and further dominant 7 scales.

20 minutes

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30.

Tackling a Grade 8 piece

Using the Grade 8 Concert Piece by Guilmant, we will put all the skills learnt in terms of smooth playing, scales and technique into learning this very well-known piece of repertoire

20 minutes

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