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Adding Instruments (exercise)

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Classroom materials
Big band
Instrumental parts
Not available

This is an exercise for jazz band. The idea is to continue adding parts after the first section (in this case, bass) has been established. The members of a particular instrument are invited to conjour up a part, based on a 2 bar Bb Minor scale, then play it. The players of the various instrumental sections (bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, sax, guitar) keep adding instruments, careful to make their own niche not to tread on the other players parts. Soon, the playing reaches almost to a cacophony, but not quite.

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