Scale Workouts (9/28/18)

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!

Published by Allison Lacasse

Allison Lacasse has been appointed as Band Director at Belmont High School beginning in 2019. She began her career as a music teacher at South Row School in Chelmsford, MA, and then became the Band Director McCarthy Middle School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, as well as the Associate Band Director for the Chelmsford High School Band Program. In 2018, Allison made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Chelmsford All Town Wind Ensemble, a group she founded. Allison maintains a flute studio of over a dozen flutists. Allison hosts an annual summer flute camp for beginner and intermediate flutists in Chelmsford, and is the artistic director for the URI Summer Music Academy Chamber Music Intensive camp. Allison is an active orchestral flutist and chamber musician in the Greater Boston area. She has performed on flute & piccolo for a number of local orchestras, including the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic, South County Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has performed in notable performance spaces such as Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall. She performed in the New York University Summer Chamber Music Institute in 2010 with the Quintet of the Americas. Allison was a student in the Fellowship program of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival held at Juilliard in the summer of 2012. In 2015, Allison performed as principal flute in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Onstage at Symphony program. Allison received Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Rhode Island (2007), a Master of Education degree from Cambridge College (2009), and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the American Band College with Central Washington University (2018). Allison was a semifinalist for the 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. In 2018, Allison was selected among her peers for the Music Advocacy Award from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

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