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How to Practice. First Steps. Ask yourself… Where? What? When? Why?. w w w w. Where? – It has to be spacious enough for you to practice, and quiet enough to not be distracted. What? – Instrument, music, music stand, mirror, metronome, tuner

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first steps
First Steps

Ask yourself…

  • Where?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Why?

w w w w

Where? – It has to be spacious enough for you to practice, and quiet enough to not be distracted.

What? – Instrument, music, music stand, mirror, metronome, tuner

When? – This is based on your schedule, but at least 25-30 minutes per session.

Why? – Because you need to get better at _____

the process
The Process

Warm Up

  • WWs- long tones and articulation work
  • Brass- buzzing, long tones, lip slurs, and articulation work
  • Percussion- Legato strokes, accent tap, scales, muffling etudes, four mallet warm ups
why so much warm up
If done correctly, long tones help to reinforce embouchure, breath support, and tone quality. (If long tones are done with a tuner, you’ll learn better pitch center!)

Doing an exercise with articulation practice helps to develop style and definition of different types of sound in music.

Brass: Lip slurscreate flexibility in the embouchure and aperture. Gives better ability to go from low to high or visa versa.

Better buzzing gives the brass players a better tone quality and a chance at better pitch center.

Percussion: legato strokes help the player limber up and establish a relaxed characteristic sound.

Accent tap helps establish relaxed upstrokes and downstrokes.

Why so much warm up?
the process1
The Process

Content Work

  • Large Ensemble Work would include music from marching band, concert band, or orchestra.
  • Small Ensemble Work is also known as Chamber Music which consist of 2-5 musicians playing a different part. (Example: woodwind quintet, string quartet, Trumpet trio.)
  • Solo Work consists of music played by one instrument or voice with or without a piano or ensemble accompaniment.
  • New Music where you learn on your own!
  • Listen to professional recordings (if possible).
  • Sing/hum/sizzle/clap difficult rhythms with a metronome.
  • Practice your part at a half-marked tempo then slowly speed it up to marked tempo.
why practice that
Why Practice That?
  • Helps to allow for more listening to better contribute your talent with a group of people. REMEMBER: You and your ensemble are working together to deliver an exciting product that your friends and family will LOVE!!!
  • Being prepared for a small ensemble makes you dependable. You’re the only one playing your part!
  • Solo work develops your personal musicianship, dedication, patience, and efficiency.
  • With consistent practice, playing certain pieces will become second nature, so we can focus on expression.
tips for personal practice
Tips for personal practice
  • Make a personal goal of what you want to improve
  • Section the piece so you can “clean” little by little
  • If there’s a difficult measure, count it out, sizzle it, finger through until you feel better about the notes and rhythm.
  • Start the metronome at least 20 clicks under performance tempo. NEVER NEVERNEVER just jump into it at temp until you can play it slow!
  • When in doubt, take it slower.
  • Ask someone else’s opinion. (Section Leader, Drum Major, Conductor)
  • Watch a professional recording if possible.
  • Record yourself and evaluate your own progress.