New Page: Extended Scale Exercises

I don’t think that it comes as any surprise that knowledge of scales and arpeggios is one of the keys to being a well-rounded musician.

Knowing scales and arpeggios inside and out will improve almost every aspect of your playing.

Intonation, technical facility, interval training, and sightreading are all improved by knowing your major and minor scales and arpeggios.

To that end, I’ve had several different pages for 1- and 2-octave major and minor scales on my Horn Exercises page for years. These have been among my most popular exercises, having been downloaded thousands of times.

However, scales can be boring to practice.

And while scales and arpeggios are incredibly common in music, they aren’t often written out in one- or two octave chunks straight up and down. Lots of times you’ll get smaller snippets of scales or they will start (or end) on a note other than the tonic. To encourage students to learn scales in a more thoroughly (and to provide more variety) I’ve written out quite a few different ways to practice both scales and arpeggios.

Expand Your Technique

You can find my Extended Scales and Arpegios page here, or you can find them (and other technique discussions) through my Horn Exercises page. Right now I’ve written out the template for both F and G major/minor, but more keys are coming soon! It probably comes as no surprise that these things take quite a while to notate!


About Colin Dorman

Colin is a freelance horn player and teacher, as well as a fan of tech of all sorts, aviation, and increasingly complex flight simulators. He also enjoys beer, bourbon and fitness - but not at the same time. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, as well as right here at!