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Applying Music Theory to Your Wind Instrument

saxWhether you play the trumpet, clarinet - like my daughter, French horn, flute, or piccolo, they all have one thing in common. 

It's that every instrument has to deal with in the laws of music theory.

So no matter what you play you should know rhythm, notes, key signatures, scales, harmony, and the rest. As well as working with specific techniques on playing such as our preferred partners provide.
 

Applying music theory to your wind instrument is viewed by some as less effort than say a keyboard player may experience.

Saying that the instrument is monophonic and doesn’t require a big investment in theory is just plain crazy in my view. 

It has to do with the fact that the basic music theory lessons are a must if you’re going to do more than play solo.

Doesn’t it make since that you need to know rhythm, key signatures, scales, and harmony if you are trying to play with other musicians. What about composing?

Just think about playing jazz, if you’re improvising and harmonizing with the rest of the band you better know your constraints and application of scales and key signatures and chord progressions.

So the bottom line is that you don’t really get to pass on music theory if want to be a serious player. 

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