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Pedal Tone Major Scale Workout | Nick Finzer Trombone Tips | #WednesdayWatch

Hey guys! Today's video is talking about a way to increase your ability to access the pedal register of the trombone - enjoy! :)

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Play in tune in EVERY key!

One of the best ways I've found to learn to play better in tune is to play with drone tracks. I don't like using a tuner, as it doesn't really accurately represent where the pitches need to sit in each key. An E in the key of C is not the same as an E in the key of F! Secondly, tuning is an aura skill, not a visual one! Looking at the tuner won't help you when you don't have one to look at ...

 

I usually have students start with the major scale and go very slowly to practice tuning each interval, and then speed it up slightly, to practice tuning pitches that move by more quickly in a real life situation. 

 

Practice this very slowly! And be patient. Get each note to resonate against the drone track. If you can get the track playing at equal volume on some speakers, that would be ideal! But, headphones can always work in a pinch. Make sure you keep one ear off, so that you can hear the pitch coming from the drone. 

 

Playing in tune on a brass instrument is a constant battle, so don't give up. It's always good to go back and try to improve your ear!

 

Download the drone tracks here

 

Good luck! Please don't be afraid to be in touch with any questions. 

 

See ya next time -

 

Nick  

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Major Key Arpeggio Workout for any Jazz Player!

This week I’m sharing a little exercise that I put together to practice all of the triads in a major key. Originally I wanted to find a way to play the “omnibus progression” on the trombone, but got distracted in the process and ended up with this major key exercise!  If you’re not familiar, you can check out the omnibus progression here, it’s pretty cool, if you’re into harmony 😃!

 

A few pointers: Go slow, and focus on accuracy over speed! Speed will come, but accuracy is more important. If you can’t play something clean, it will only get less and less intelligible as we speed it up! 

 

Next to the video you’ll find a link to a PDF of the exercise, or you can transcribe it yourself!

 

Feel free to be in touch with any comments or questions! I’d love to hear some of your versions! Post it online and tag me so I can see/hear 😃

 

See you all next time - 

 

Nick  

Major Scale Workout for Jazz Trombone

As the semester settles in for most of the college students out there, I wanted to throw out a few thoughts about major scales that might go above and beyond what you normally do with them. Most of us are familiar with all 12 major scales, but are we really comfortable with all the permutations of that key center? Especially as improvisers we strive for fluency in and around all the key centers we might come across while improvising over all sorts of tunes. 

 

When I was teaching at Florida State, we would choose one key per week and do all of the exercises that I talk about in this video, and then move onto another key the following week. After a few times around the circle of 4ths/5ths you’ll be amazed at how much more fluent you are while improvising! Besides getting familiar with the tonal material, it is very important to focus on the details of your trombone playing (or whatever instrument you’re playing these exercises on). Focus on achieving great attacks on each note (and that they’re exactly the same on note regardless of register), having a great sound, and playing with accurate pitch/rhythm! Metronomes, Tuners, and Drone tracks are our friends! 

To get all of this in hard copy, you can check out the links below the video to get a copy of “GET AHEAD: a Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist" 

http://www.nickfinzermusic.com/store#store-category=books

Until next time, please enjoy! See you next week - 

Nick