Answers for Brass Questions

1. What does depressing the first valve do on a trumpet?

It lowers the pitch a whole-step.


2. How many slide positions are there on the tenor trombone?



3. What is the standard orchestral brass mute?

The Straight Mute


4. Match the following brass terms.

senza sordino without mute
cuivré brassy
Posaune trombone
tromba trumpet
ottoni brasses
Blechinstrumente brasses
gestopft stopped

For further orchestrational study of brass instruments, see:

Adler, Samuel. The Study of Orchestration. 3rd edition. W. W. Norton & Co.,

Specific study: Chapters 9, 10, & 11


Kennan, Kent and Donald Grantham. The Technique of Orchestration. 6th edition. Prentice Hall, 2002.

Specific study: Chapters 7, 8, & 9