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March 8-29

Matthew, Continue working short but regular practice sessions - you need to reinforce the good habits you are forming but don't want to over do it. Work on the next section of the study - continue working on getting a consistent sound from your mid - low register. You need to adjust your air accordingly! If you have energy keep [...]

2018-03-12T17:04:02-04:00March 12th, 2018|

Homework for Feb 22-March 1

Matthew, Good work this week! I know it's a little frustrating getting your new-ish embouchure set up but as you proved to yourself in your lesson - it's working! This week work on short regular practice sessions 5-10 minutes max! Work on smaller chunks of the low F study and Georgia on my mind (2-4 bars at a time) focusing [...]

2018-02-23T12:36:49-05:00February 23rd, 2018|

Homework for Feb 1-15

Matthew, Your sound is coming along! I know you have a slight back injury so don't over do it this week--try for short practice sessions (5-7min) focusing on mid-low range playing. Work on the Low F study (first two-three lines at least). Aim for getting a consistent sound throughout--remember you might need to adjust your air to get the same [...]

2018-02-02T10:26:48-05:00February 2nd, 2018|

Homework for Jan 18-Feb 1

Matthew, Did a lot of good work today--now you need to focus on playing as often as you can (5 min a day is fine!) Work on the low F study--remember your mouthpiece placement and slightly new embouchure setup (think in not spread out). Don't stress about getting high notes; focus on your sound!! Keep working on Georgia and your [...]

2018-01-18T19:27:26-05:00January 18th, 2018|

Homework for Nov 30-Dec 7

Matthew, Your sound is coming along! We just need to aim for consistency in your playing and make sure that you are using the right amount of air each time. From now on try standing while you practice to avoid slouching and keep your bell up. This week work on the first half of the low f exercise--this will help [...]

2017-11-30T17:04:54-05:00November 30th, 2017|

Homework for Nov 23-Nov 30

Matthew, This week's theme is breathing and buzzing! Work on the same breathing exercises as I assigned last week--I'll repost them at the bottom. This will help train your muscles and also blow enough air through the trombone. Georgia on my mind--buzz the melody a few times before you play. This will help get a good sound rather than getting [...]

2017-11-23T17:37:49-05:00November 23rd, 2017|

Homework for Nov 16-23

Matthew, Work on the breathing exercises we looked at in the lesson (they are posted below) make sure you are taking a full breath on each quarter note and exhaling completely on the dotted half notes. If you feel like you're going to faint STOP IMMEDIATELY and take a break. But that does mean you're moving a lot of air [...]

2017-11-16T18:28:06-05:00November 16th, 2017|

Homework for Oct 18-26

Matthew, Continue working on getting a consistent tone throughout your playing. This week focus on your breathing--making sure you take a full breath before you play and releasing it straight away (golf-swing breath). Work on Sweet Hour of Prayer in regards to your sound. Pretend you're playing in a big church and people sitting in the very back have to [...]

2017-10-19T07:45:32-04:00October 19th, 2017|

Homework for Oct 12-18

Matthew Even though we didn't have a lesson this week you can continue to work on material from the last lesson. Scales: Bb and F major. Remember to always play with your full lung capacity and move the air through the horn. Articulation studies: Work on getting a consistent tone throughout the study. Make sure you are tonguing the same [...]

2017-10-13T12:45:37-04:00October 13th, 2017|

Homework for Oct 5-12

Matthew, Your sound is really coming along! Just remember to always take full breaths before playing to get a consistent sound. For next week try to practice three times for 15-20 minutes. If you don't have time for a full practice try to get a few minutes buzzing on your mouthpiece to work on getting your endurance back. Warm up: [...]

2017-10-05T19:22:41-04:00October 5th, 2017|
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