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AZ Regional Audition Help

This page is intended for Arizona High School trombonists who want help with their regional and all state honor ensemble auditions.

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General Advice

Set 1 (2022)

Set 2 (2023)

Set 3 (2024)

Set 4 (2025)

Scales

Sight Reading


General Advice

1. You should already be regularly practicing your fundamentals well before your audition: long tones, articulation, slide technique, high and low range, and dynamic contrasts. These important attributes are best cultivated slowly over time and are the most important things you can practice to improve.

2. Here is the breakdown of the scoring for your audition:

each scale is worth 150 points (2 majors and chromatic)
each etude is worth 200 points (3 etudes)
sight reading is worth 250 points

So the aggregate possible score for your scales is a whopping 450 points! If you are not prepared to play your scales, you are potentially leaving a lot of points on the table…so practice your scales! Similarly, you need to practice sight reading to be good at it. Be sure to check out the sight reading tips in the video below.

3. Your preparation should include recording yourself and listening back; you will be surprised by what you hear if you have never try this. It is one of the most effective practice strategies.

4. Ask other musicians to listen to you and provide feedback. Come and see me to set up a lesson for extra help – CLICK HERE to submit a request for a lesson time.

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Set 1 (2022)

Etude #1:

Etude #2:

Etude #3:

Etudes 4 and 5 coming soon!

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Set 2 (2023) Coming Soon!

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Set 3 (2024)

Etude #1

Etude #2

Etude #3

Etude #4

Etude #5

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Set 4 (2025)

Etude #1

Etude #2

Etude #3

Etude #4

Etude #5

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Scales

Here is a download of all the scales you might be asked in the required octaves:

Scales

And here is a video to help you with your scales:

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Sight Reading

Check out the Sight Reading Factory to generate your own sight reading exercises so you can practice sight reading.

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