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Brass and Scales

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Davidoc, Nov 27, 2002.


  1. I play URB in the school's wind ensemble (yes, wind ensemble as opposed to orchestra)

    Anyways, we have playing tests, often simply playing scales.

    The woodwinds have an easy time with the scales, playing 3 octaves easily in time with perfect intonation.

    The brass on the other hand... I'm not sure if there's one that can play fluently a major scale. I don't get it, even the best players suck at scales.

    I've been playing URB for like a month without ever taking it home or staying after for extra practice, and pretty much have the basic major and minor scales down. (tone quality needs work though)


    Why can't brass players play scales?
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Because they have to shape some of the notes with their embouchure - so it is not just a case of pressing the right keys or putting your fingers in the right place, but actually using the muscles around your mouth to change the pitches.

    Much harder!!