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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|

Homework for April 11th

Great lesson today! It's fun to explore different topics of music in our chats. Keep on working on that major scale warm up into the pedal register. When you reach the low F, drop the jaw a little more and follow your ear to the destination. This exercise will get your mind, fingers, air and face engaged right away. Also [...]

2021-04-12T23:22:03-04:00April 12th, 2021|

Homework for April 7th

Abi: My apologies for the crappy internet connection today, everything sounded good anyways! Continue to work on the lip slurs and feel free to break it up the same way we did today (two notes at a time). Try to refresh your major scales as well! Those have been good but you want to continue to work towards making them [...]

2021-04-09T23:17:59-04:00April 9th, 2021|

Homework for March 31st

Abi: Everything is sounding good! For next week check out the first 8 bars of Power Ride & write out a two octave F# chromatic scale. Bonus: play the melody to "Hey Jude" in a new key. Matt: It was fun checking out some new concepts in lesson. I think doing some more ear training in the next couple lessons [...]

2021-04-03T23:33:11-04:00April 3rd, 2021|

Homework for March 28th

Everything was sounding good this lesson! You should be happy with all your improvement :) Work on those descending major scales. Its a nice mental work out to do them back wards, and going in to your low register will get the blood/ air flowing in your favour. In the pedal register (below F#) try to open that jaw up [...]

2021-03-29T16:38:33-04:00March 29th, 2021|

Homework for March 24th

Abi: Nice lesson today! It was great to hear you play something a little different. I like that Octopath Traveler song a lot. If you could play the first 25 seconds of it that would be great. Make it your goal to make every note beautiful, support the air with your core & take full breaths ( Hoo- Too!!!). Keep [...]

2021-03-29T16:38:07-04:00March 24th, 2021|
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