can play perfectly in tune or atrociously out of tune depending
on the knowledge and attention given to slide positions.
First position --
Slide fully in, lightly touching the corks or springs.
Second position --
About an inch and a half of the inner slide showing.
Third position --
Brace even with or slightly above the end of the bell.
Fourth position --
Top of outer slide even with or slightly below the end of the bell.
Fifth position --
(no man's land) about half-way between fifth and sixth positions.
Sixth position --
About an inch above the stockings (the line at the end of the outer
slide) or a comfortable arm's length.
Seventh position --
About an inch and a half past the stockings. his is
as far as most people can reach.
short arms: Use tips of two fingers releasing thumb from brace
to reach seventh. Move
right shoulder in. Extremely short arms may need to tie a
string from finger to brace and "throw" the slide.
should be checked with a tuner frequently, especially f#
in 5th, low c in 6th, and low b in 7th. Remember that young
students will be growing (and so will their arms.)
There is no substitute for
a good ear. Hearing intonation problems can be taught. It is important
to remind students to listen to what they are playing.
The Texas School Music Project is a source for ideas
and information concerning pedagogical practices in the music classroom
or rehearsal hall.
The TSMP is a service provided to all music specialists by the faculty
of the School of Music at Stephen
F. Austin State University.