A musical approach to scales and arpeggios
For years I have searched for a scale/arpeggio method that really worked. I found some good approaches but nothing that did exactly what I wanted.
Presumably, we practice scales to become better performers of music. So why are many scale methods so unmusical?
My goal in writing this book was to help musicians develop technique without sacrificing musical spirit.
The book is divided into three sections …
Part One: Melodic Variations (100 pages)
40 examples, each divided into three parts:
- A: Generic sequence, all 12 keys. Not completely written out.
- B: Melodic variation ascending by half steps.
- C: Melodic variation descending by half steps.
Part Two: Stepwise Sequences (40 pages)
40 examples mostly focused on rhythmic challenges.
Motives ascend/descend modally along scale steps.
Part Three: Musical Snippets (40 pages)
40 examples from public domain works or short originals.
Here’s what people are saying about Patterns and Snippets:
“I love the way Brad Edwards has incorporated all the necessary fundamentals for the trombone with interesting melodies that make my practice routine much more enjoyable. I use it everyday and have had all my students buy it so we can work out it.”
Brian Hecht, Bass Trombone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
“I just wanted to say how much I love your new book Patterns & Snippets. Fantastic job! I honestly believe in no time at all..it will become as much a staple as Arban for developing technique with a musical mindset.”
Josh Bynum, Trombone Professor, University of Georgia