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Last night, I listened to a Beirut concert on NPR. I’ve noticed that more and more frequently, I get bored just sitting there listening to music; I have to do something else. So while I was listening to this, I got my guitar and started learning parts. Except for the drums and the lyrics, I learned all of “Santa Fe.” Except what I learned on guitar is supposed to be played on piano, bass guitar, and trumpet.
While I was in the shower, I was wondering if trombone would sound OK if I substituted that for trumpet (I have the other instruments). So I tried to remember the positions on trombone. (I played trombone for a year and a half in elementary school and eight days in high school. Don’t ask about the eight days.)
It was then that I realised something. On trombone, you can play one note, but if you remain in the same slide position and just change your lip shape, you can play a higher note. What I realised is the distance between those notes is a fifth. For instance, if you were at position one and played a note, it would be Bb. If you changed your lip shape and kept that position, it would be F. I gave that example backwards, but it still works. The distance between F and Bb is a fifth.
I’d known this as it applied to guitar strings for almost a year. But it’s just NOW that I applied this knowledge to trombones. Not that knowing this would have affected my playing at any time. I started learning music theory only earlier this year. But I still thought it interesting that I finally connected these ideas.