The weekend should be a great time to start exercising your scales skills! It’s super important for every musician to play scales well. For the band students, we’ve been playing our first five note scale, the “concert B-flat” scale from Do to So.
For “C” instruments, such as the flutes/trombones/mallets, the notes are: Bb, C, D, Eb, F
For “B-flat” instruments, such as the clarinets/trumpets, the notes are: C, D, E, F, G
For E-flat instruments such as the alto saxophone, the notes are: G, A, B, C, D
Each pitch is assigned a solfege syllable (Bb=Do, C=Re, D=Mi, Eb=Fa, F=So). These syllables can be sung by everyone, which is why we use them in band. You’ll notice that Do is a “C” for the clarinets and trumpets, and a “G” for the alto saxophones.
Practice the following scale pattern called the “rolling scale” when you warm up. It helps your sound, intonation, interval jumping, and articulation improve!
- Do, Re, Do
- Do, Re, Mi, Re, Do
- Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Mi, Re, Do
- Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, Fa, Mi, Re, Do
Use the following video to see an example of a rolling scale.
Practice the following scale pattern called the “interval workout” when you warm up.
- Do, Re, Do
- Do, Mi, Do
- Do, Fa, Do
- Do, So, Do
- So, Fa, So
- So, Mi, So
- So, Re, So
- So, Do, So
Use the following video to see an example of an interval workout.
Best of luck in your practicing- a little bit every day makes a HUGE difference!