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'Mastering the E flat scale on the Trombone'
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#beginquote# I agree with suzyq. Ask your teacher s/he will not think you're an idiot (and if s/he does, report her/him to your principal!). A teacher's job is to help you learn, so use them - that's what they're there for. What is the problem that you're having? Is it a problem knowing what notes are in the Eb scale (hint: B, E, and A are all flat), or is it a problem of knowing how to play the notes (i.e. slide position)? If you can narrow that down, we might be able to offer more advise to help you out. BTW, don't try to "master" the scale. You'll only frustrate yourself. Just try to play it - slowly. Once you're able to play each note, slowly, in succession, then you can try to speed it. Start with whole notes. Once you're comfortable playing the scale in whole notes, try it in half notes. Then move to quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. Once you can play it sixteenth notes, you should feel pretty comfortable with it. But don't ever consider yourself to have mastered it - once you think you're a master, you'll lose all motivation to keep practicing. #endquote#
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