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The Practice Room

Jazz Improvisation for Beginners

By David Wilken • April 01, 2002
So you want to learn how to improvise jazz. "Where do I begin?" you might ask. You have worked hard to learn to read music, now how do you make it up on the spot? Use this introduction to get started!

One Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios

By Richard Human, Jr. • December 08, 2020
If you have spent any time at all learning to play an instrument, you have come across scales and arpeggios. There is a reason for this - they are the foundation to musical technique, and one of the very basic doors we have into the understanding of playing our instruments.

Playing Legato on the Trombone: A Primer

By Walter Barrett • July 31, 2000
Most trombonists at one time or another have trouble executing a clean, singing legato. This article is an introduction to the basic slurring techniques used by trombonists, and some basic tips on how to practice them.

The Joy in Being Able

By Richard Human, Jr. • February 07, 2021
Norman Bolter, composer of many striking and meaningful musical works for the trombone, has written this work, The Joy In Being Able, specifically for the younger trombonist. This piece is available only here in the "Practice Room" section of the Online Trombone Journal.

Trombone Basics: Correct Posture and Holding the Instrument

By Luke Malewicz • February 19, 2021
As you get more comfortable with your new instrument it's important to start building good habits. One of the first challenges you will encounter (apart from making sound on the trombone) is properly holding it in a way that is not only comfortable but will also give you the best chance of producing a good sound.

Trombone Basics: How to Put Together and Take Apart Your Instrument

By Luke Malewicz • January 31, 2021
Just as with any instrument the trombone is easy to damage it if we are not careful not only when playing it but also when we take it out and put it back into the case. In this video I will walk you through putting the instrument together and taking it apart.

Two Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios

By Richard Human, Jr. • December 24, 2020
As you and your ensemble members improve you will practice and perform more advanced and challenging music. Learning and practicing two octave scales and arpeggios can help you to prepare for these challenges.

Vibrato: An Overview for Trombonists

By Walter Barrett • April 26, 2006
Vibrato is a musical embellishment produced by varying a notes pitch, amplitude, or both, going slightly above and below the note in a regular, repeated fashion. This article presents various techniques for vibrato, discusses the uses of vibrato, and presents advice for learning stylistic concerns.

Warm-up for Young Trombonists

By Linda Leonard • December 08, 2020
Your lips are made up of many muscles which help you to play trombone, and it's necessary that you warm them up every day. This is a warm-up that will help you get ready to play the trombone.