How to Play: the C Minor Scale on Trombone

How to Play: C Minor Scale on Trombone

Scales are an important part of every musicians training and form the basic building blocks of most music. Despite being a crucial part of grade exams, easy marks are often lost due to poor preparation of scales. In this lesson we will learn how to play the C minor scale on trombone.

*T = Trigger/Valve/F-attachment      TT = Both F and Gb valves (bass trombone)

Tips

The top fifth of this scale has slide positions which are close together and need very precise slide movement. Slow, concentrated practice will help you find exactly where the slide should be. If you have a trombone or other brass playing friend, this is a good scale to play together in octaves to work on tuning.

How to Play: the B Minor Scale on Trombone

How to Play: B Minor Scale on Trombone

Scales are an important part of every musicians training and form the basic building blocks of most music. Despite being a crucial part of grade exams, easy marks are often lost due to poor preparation of scales. In this lesson we will learn how to play the B minor scale on trombone.

*T = Trigger/Valve/F-attachment      TT = Both F and Gb valves (bass trombone)

Tips

The top fifth of this scale has slide positions which are very close together. Careful practice will be helpful to find exactly where the slide should be. If you have a trombone or other brass playing friend, this is a good scale to play together in octaves to work on tuning.

How to Play: the Bb Minor Scale on Trombone

How to Play: Bb Minor Scale on Trombone

Scales are an important part of every musicians training and form the basic building blocks of most music. Despite being a crucial part of grade exams, easy marks are often lost due to poor preparation of scales. In this lesson we will learn how to play the Bb (B flat) minor scale on trombone.

*T = Trigger/Valve/F-attachment      TT = Both F and Gb valves (bass trombone)

Tips

The high F will need to be flattened slightly because it is a 6th harmonic. Be sure to listen very carefully to get the intonation entirely correct.

For many bass trombonists the simple major 2nd between pedal Bb and bottom C can feel like a huge obstacle. This is a transition that will take lots of dedicated work to smooth out and you just have to be patient with it!