Woodwind, Brass and Melodic Percussion Scale Requirements
The two major scales considered part of the Instrumental (Non-Jazz) Auditions (except for non-melodic percussion and strings) are to be played from memory articulated (not slurred) at a minimum metronome setting of Quarter Note = 88, as illustrated:
The adjudicators will select the scales to be played with one of them being considered easy and the other being considered difficult.
The chromatic scale will be played from memory, in triplets at a minimum metronome setting of 88, in a continuous slur, as illustrated:
The adjudicators will not set the tempo for any scale. It is up to the student to perform the scale at the minimum metronome setting of 88.
All scales are played in full octaves. Consult the following chart to determine what the full range of each instrument, and the starting note and range of the Chromatic scale.
Full Range notes are WRITTEN NOTE rather than Concert Pitch using the following system:
C1 to B1: Lowest complete octave on piano
C2 to B2: C below bass clef to next B
C3 to B3: 2nd space bass clef C to next B
C4 to B4: Middle C to next B
C5 to B5: 3rd space treble clef C to next B
C6 to B6: High C to next B
C7 to B7: Highest complete octave on piano
C8: Highest note on piano keyboard
Last modified: January 15 2019.
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