Treble Clef Brass

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Welcome to our Music Diary page for treble clef brass (trumpet, French horn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium, Bb trombone and Eb tuba)! 

Make a note of these recommended activities in your Music Diary to help with your practice.  We'll be adding new activities regularly to keep you inspired. 

Regular practice will help you get better and better.  The more you play, the more advanced you'll become.

Remember - you're in charge of your practice routine so you can work at your own pace.  Keep working on new pieces or skills until you feel confident with them before moving on to the next challenge.  

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Use the Instrumental Update Worksheets (Worksheet 1 PDF     Worksheet 2 PDF) to help you get the most from these activities in your practice.

 

Activities



Beginner 


  • Posture and Breathing

How to maintain correct posture and breathing in preparation for your practice:


  • Embouchure and Note Production

How to ensure you're using the correct technique for your playing:


  • Warm Up

Mr Wightman shows you a simple way to warm up using scales and arpeggios:


  • Lip Flexibility Exercise Tutorial

Top tips on how to improve your lip flexibility:


Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)


  • 'We Will Rock You'

It's a rock classic - and here's how you can play it too:


  • 'Shh! Watch out' and 'F is Funky'

Mr Wightman shows you how to play two pieces for Bb treble clef brass.  The music is on the screen for you to play along:


  • 'Boombox'

Another top tune that Bb treble clef brass players can learn:


    • Jurassic Park

How to play the famous theme tune from the Jurassic Park films:


Bb brass players can improve their articulation and valve co-ordination and strengthen their fingers with this exercise.


A piece that can be played as a trio or duet.  Find the right part for your instrument in the sheet music and Mr Dolling will show you how to play it:


  • Slurs

Practise your slurs for super-smooth playing:


  • Play a Duet with Mr Wightman

Use the video above to practise your slur technique first if you need to, and then play along with Mr Wightman in this duet (the music will appear on your screen as part of the video):


  • French Horn - G and F

Get to know G and F with this tutorial from Mr Dolling:

 


  • 'This is Me'

All Bb treble brass players can play along with this video tutorial (suitable for grades 1 - 3):


  • French Horn - Boombox, Robots and Bananas!

Four short pieces for French horn using G, F and E:


  • French Horn - G, F, E and Introducing Quavers

Go on a Dinosaur Stomp and learn about quavers and articulation with Mr Dolling:


  • French Horn - 'Ode to Joy'

Play C, D, E, F and G and you can play a piece of classical music:


  • French Horn - 'William Tell'

Learn part of a very famous piece of classical music using C and A:

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Intermediate


  • 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

Mr Brown shows you how to play this famous song from 'The Wizard of Oz':


  • 'Dance Monkey'

Learn to play Dance Monkey with this video tutorial:


  • 'Senorita'

Follow Mr Brown's video and lean to play Senorita:


  • May the Fourth Be With You

The Yoda to your Luke Skywalker, Mr Brown shows you the way to playing a Star Wars inspired piece:


Explore improvisation using blues scales:


  • A Bit of Disney! - 'How Far I'll Go' from Moana and 'Let it Go' from Frozen

Create some Disney magic with the help of Mr Brown:


Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)

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Advanced


Explore improvisation using blues scales:


    Use the worksheet, music and Mr Dolling's video tutorial to develop your improvisation skills:


    Exercises specific for each grade (1 to 8)

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    Additional Activities and Resources

    Looking for more fun ideas, hints and tips or challenging activities?  Try some of these below:


    Record your practice by colouring in this chart.  How will you celebrate when you've filled it all in?   


    • Instrument Cleaning Guides

    Mr Kingham presents a series of 'how to' guides for keeping your instrument clean and in good playing condition.

    Basic clean:

    Deeper clean part 1 (adult help needed):

    Deeper clean part 2 (adult help needed):

    Mouthpiece cleaning:

    Metal trombone cleaning:

    Plastic trombone cleaning:

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