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Orchestral Brass

  • Exploring the Brass Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Reviewing Ranges and Clefs of Brass Instruments
  • Composing for Brass Instruments

Orchestral Brass

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:05
  • Trumpet 0:14
    • Bb Key
    • Range of the Trumpet
    • Sounds M2 Below Written Pitch
    • Transposing to the Key of C
  • Trombone 2:06
    • About the Trombone
    • Range of the Trombone
    • Trombone Can Use Alto Clef
    • Examples of Brass Solos
    • Trumpet Solo
    • Let's Listen to the Trumpet Solo
    • Trombone Solo
    • Have Your Melodies Played
    • Let's Listen to the Trombone Solo
  • French Horn 7:25
    • Sounds P5 Below Written Pitch
    • Qualities of the French Horn
    • About the French Horn
    • French Horn Solo
    • Resting for Numerous Bars
    • Common Time
    • Let's Listen to this French Horn Solo
  • Tuba 10:44
    • About the Tuba
    • Range of the Tuba
    • Tuba Melody
    • Let's Listen to this Tuba Melody
  • Example I: Composing for Brass Quintet Trumpet I 14:02
  • Example II: Composing for Brass Quintet Trumpet II 15:51
  • Example III: Composing for Brass Quintet Horn 17:11
  • Example IV: Composing for Brass Quintet Trombone 17:52
  • Example V: Composing for Brass Quintet Tuba 18:37