Instrument & Music Theory Tutorials

Instrument Tutorials

These videos are designed for students and teachers to watch in or out of a lesson for added reinforcement and general knowledge of a specific instrument.

To view additional video tips for bassoon, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for clarinet, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for flute, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for French horn, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for low brass, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for oboe, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

To view additional video tips for percussion, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

Mallet Wrapping
Mallet Supplies

Timpani Mechanics 1
Ludwig Timpani Owners Manual PDF
Adams Timpani Owner Manuals
Yamaha Timpani Pedal Adjustment PDF

Timpani Mechanics 2
Drum Dial Percussion Drum Tuners

To view additional video tips for trumpet, select the playlist menu button in the upper left hand corner of the video above.

Music Theory Tutorials

These videos are designed for students and teachers to watch in or out of a lesson for added reinforcement and general knowledge of music theory. They are designed to be easily adaptable to students learning any instrument, and at many different skill levels.

Intro to Scales and the Major Scale (1/5)

Written Practice:
Major Scale Workout PDF
Major Scale Workout Alto Clef PDF
Major Scale Workout Bsss Clef PDF

Things to play on your instrument:

  • Start on the tonic of the scale and play the scale all the way up to the next tonic
  • Turn on one of these play along tracks and improvise using the major scale. Try to make your melody interesting.

How Major Scales are Used (2/5)

Written Practice:
Using Major Scales PDF
Using Major Scales Alto Clef PDF
Using Major Scales Bass Clef PDF

Things to play on your instrument:
Pick a major scale and start on the lowest pitch that your instrument plays. Play that scale all the way up to the highest pitch your instrument plays. This will help you recognize respelled scales.

Natural Minor Scale (3/5)

Written Practice:
Natural Minor Scale Workout
Natural Minor Scale Workout Alto Clef
Natural Minor Scale Workout Bass Clef PDF

Things to play on your instrument:
Pick a natural minor scale. Play the natural minor scale up and down for one octave. Then play the RELATIVE major scale. Do the same with all the natural minor scales and their PARALLEL major scale.

Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales (4/5)

Written Practice:
Harmonic and Natural Minor Scale Workout Treble clef PDF
Harmonic and Natural Minor Scale Workout Alto clef PDF
Harmonic and Natural Minor Scale Workout Bass clef PDF

Things to play on your instrument:
Harmonic Minor: Play each harmonic minor scale, by “wandering” around. In other words, start the scale and change direction(up or down) whenever you feel like it. Make sure to emphasize the raised 7th scale degree.

Key Signatures and Scales (5/5)

Key Signature Workout PDF

Online Practice:
Major Key Signatures
Minor Key Signatures

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