Theory to Your Wind Instrument
Whether you play the
trumpet, clarinet - like my daughter, French horn, flute, or piccolo,
they all have one thing in common.
that every instrument has to deal with in the laws of music theory.
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
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
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.
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
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
So the bottom line is that you don’t really get to pass on music theory
if want to be a serious player.