Basic Musicianship Skills Tone Intonation Technique Rhythm Interpretation
Technique Technique is your ability to tongue and finger with good precision.
Tonguing • Reed players touch the tip of the reed with the tip of the tongue. • Brass and flute players touch the alveolar ridge with the tip of the tongue.
On a series of short notes, blow as if you were playing one long note. • Do not move your jaw. • Do not touch your lips with your tongue. Tonguing
Fingering • Maintain a natural curve in fingers. • Move at the large knuckle. • Raise fingers only ¼ inch above keys or holes. • Keep your fingers above their own key or hole when not it use.
Fingering, etc. • Drummers use mostly wrist motion. • Trumpets DO NOT hook little finger in the finger hook. • Trombones use mostly elbow motion.