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Natural Slurs

Natural slurs create a smooth vocal quality to the phrasing and are an important tool for all trombonists. If two adjoining notes are in different partials in a slurred passage, it is not necessary to tongue the second note because the partial break removes the smear.

When using natural slurs, players must articulate some notes (adjoining notes in the same partial) and not others (adjoining notes in different partials), as in the following example:

Natural Slurs

Learning to use natural slurs as in the above passage can be confusing because it involves a combination of tongued and non-tongued notes. Furthermore, one must develop the ability to match the articulation of the tongued notes with the non-tongued natural slurs.

I recommend these tools for practicing natural slurs:

Melodious Etudes by Marco Bordogni, arranged by Johannes Rochut

43 Bel Canto Studies for Tuba by Marco Bordogni (for bass trombone)

Lip Slurs and Lip Slur Melodies by Brad Edwards

Vocalises by Concone

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