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Learning scales without a scale sheet!

Using a scale sheet is the biggest impediment to young players learning scales for the first time. If students have learned chromatic...

Learning Scales-A different approach

Often young students learn C, F and G major scales (Bb, Eb and F concert scales) first in a beginning band class. This makes sense...

Learning all the notes right away

Arnold Jacobs, the great tuba player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and titan of brass pedagogy, often stated “make statements don’t...

Listening

Before any discussion of how to play an instrument can happen the most basic of all questions must be addressed. What should it sound...

Hearing with the ears, not the eyes

While electronic tuners have their place in the toolbox of all musicians, too often young students are told they are sharp or flat and...

The all-powerful diminuendo

Long tones are part of many players daily fundamentals. Some players prefer to play one pitch for a sustained amount of time, while...