#1. Longtones:

  • Continue Chromatic Voicing Exercise up to D (2nd overtone of G).
  • If you’re having trouble, make each pair of notes take a whole breath, and at the end of the note either do a tone matching exercise with the fingered pitch or abruptly lower your voicing to jump down to the fundamental note. If your jaw drops to facilitate the jump, that means you’re using tension instead of voicing to support the overtone; aim for minimal embouchure movement.

#2. F# minor scale, pg.63 of Voxman Book, all slurred at 50-60 bpm. Take a quick look at the etude on pg. 32 if you finish your other practice items in a given session.

#3. Selected Studies etude:

  • Attempt classical staccato: tongued attack and immediate ‘fade-out’ air release.
  • Full dynamic range!

#4. Continue Take Five:

  • Learn to sing the first 8 bars of Paul Desmond’s solo.
  • Continue melody with metronome – aim to work up to the tempo of the recording this week.
  • Practice improvising to the track.
    • Use our material to improvise: F minor arpeggios, F minor scale and F minor pentatonic scale, but focus on playing a melody you could sing – something simple that grooves with the rhythm section.

Listening for this week:

Blue Bossa by Joe Henderson

Blue Bossa by Dexter Gordon