The missing manual for alto trombone
This newly updated book has been expanded
with 25% additional new content
Quickly learn the positions
Let me show you the fastest way to learn the alto trombone notes and positions. The trick is to hear the horn rather than the struggle of memorization and constant thinking.
Build your sight-reading using written exercises I call arm and ear that you play over cool rhythm tracks like this:
Learn to play alto in tune
If you are a tenor player and are used to the sound and overtones of the tenor, playing in tune on alto is a new and often difficult skill.
Play any of the four parts within the included Bach chorals and ballad to train your ear for the nuances of intonation. Here’s an example:
Learn the basics of jazz improvisation
By continuing to use your ear, discover how to connect your musical mind to the alto. In order to play jazz well, you must hear the instrument well, and this book will train your ear for jazz.
- Learn the benefits of playing everyday tunes starting on random notes.
- Learn the basics of chord changes starting with the blues.
- Play along with transcriptions of good but simple solos.
Discover the little-known nuances of the alto
Do you know how to use the alto false tones to strengthen your ear? Do you know how to benefit by using the tenor positions on alto? Do you know how the difference in partials makes it easier to play high?
These are only a few of the tips and hacks that only a lifelong exclusively alto trombone player knows to share with you.