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Homework for July 28th

Miranda:  You’ve been doing a great job so far with all the trumpet playing we’ve been doing together. Just a couple notes on what to work on during the week.  Breathing is the first thing that happens before you play trumpet. When you take a breath, be sure to feel like the air is filling from the bottom of your [...]

2021-07-30T10:13:27-04:00July 30th, 2021|

Homework for June 2nd

Abi: Nice to hear you play through all the major scales these past two weeks. They’re all sounding much more confident. These are a great tool to work on range, articulation and finger speed! Keep playing a few of these every time to pick your horn. Overall, Etude in C is sounding much better; Its great to hear less stop [...]

2021-06-04T23:10:02-04:00June 4th, 2021|

Homework for May 22nd

Great lesson today! It's always nice when we can dig into the technique side of the instrument without getting too tedious. Check out some of the exercises we did: Long tones chromatically descending from C -> F# one breath/ note. Focus on a full inhalation without straining yourself. Relaxation will allow you to achieve the best sound! 2 octave scales. [...]

2021-05-24T23:26:03-04:00May 24th, 2021|

Homework for May 12th

Abi: Try to work on some mouthpiece exercises we did this week. Different pitches, volume and tonging all over the mouthpiece will allow for maximum comfortability on the horn. This is also a good time to really be aware of your breath. Check that you're taking a full breath and filling from the bottom up & support with your diaphragm [...]

2021-05-13T23:34:41-04:00May 13th, 2021|

Homework for May 5th

Abi: Nice lesson this week! Try to do some mouthpieces warm ups this week to get the face and air flow feeling good. Continue to do the lip slurs and major scales in your daily practice. I'd like to hear all of Etude in D for next week. Matt: Looking forward to finishing up all that RCM stuff. Great job [...]

2021-05-08T22:30:05-04:00May 8th, 2021|

Homework for May 2nd

Keep on working on those descending major scales into the pedal register. Again, these are a great warm up for getting the air and face feeling relaxed. Use your ear as a guide when you get below that F#. Try for Eb or D major. Slurs were looking & sounding like they were a little harder today, and that certainly [...]

2021-05-04T18:34:51-04:00May 4th, 2021|

Homework for April 28th

Abi: Try to spend some time this week working on the low G extension exercise we chatted about this week. To re cap, you start on middle G and play an arpeggio down an octave (G, D, B, G) and then go up the scale from there. You can begin with just one octave and then progressively add to that. [...]

2021-04-29T23:38:16-04:00April 29th, 2021|

Homework for April 25th

It was nice to work on some new exercises with you! I hope you throw them into your practice sessions. Major scales into pedal register: This is one my favourites for warming up. Great for your air, chops and mind. The F and E sounded much more centred in this lesson, it seems like you're opening up more and able [...]

2021-04-26T10:31:29-04:00April 26th, 2021|

Homework for April 21st

Abi: You're close to getting Power Ride together. Aim for playing 4 bar chunks without stopping, and eventually seam together the whole song. Take it slow and keep a close eye on articulation, dynamics and breathing. Try to feel comfortable on the first 8 bars of Etude in D. Don't get psyched out by the awkward phrase lengths and big [...]

2021-04-23T00:00:09-04:00April 22nd, 2021|

Homework for April 14th

Abi: Continue to work through some major scales this week! Try to attempt some in 2 octaves and be aware of where he starting notes live on the treble staff. Do them tongued and slurred. Power ride is sounding much smoother. Work through it slowly so you're super confident in the notes & articulation and then just build speed from [...]

2021-04-14T21:55:46-04:00April 14th, 2021|
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