Continue fading-in longtones: Your throat should be open like a yawn and the front of your tongue should be high in your mouth (eeh voicing), shooting the air faster through the instrument. Playing like this with smaller amounts of air will allow you to make a note sound at very low volumes.

Memorize C and F major scales (lesson 11 at the bottom of the page).
Elementary Method Lesson 11 #2 and Lesson 9 #5.

Continue Blue Bells of Scotland: Elementary Method Lesson 9 #3.

Continue All Blues – listen to it here. Practice with a metronome and try to imitate the swing feeling from the recording. We’ll spend more time on this next week.


I hope you had a great week! Here’s the post from last week:

Keep track of your days of practice this week. Daily/regular practice, even for just a few minutes, is much more fruitful than cramming.

Register Switch Exercise: low G to middle D. Practice switching with the witch chin and strong air, then putting down your RH pinky C key. Use this note to play the circled 4 bars of Rudolph.
Technique: #12 and #14 in Galper Book
Repertoire: #15 in Galper


Take a listen to Time Out by Dave Brubeck Quartet, and Take Five in Particular (14:16 in video).

Take Five. Aim to get the whole melody (‘head’) to 100 bpm this week. Slow down the a) 16th note parts and b) chromatic 8th note parts in the B section and play them at a uniform slower tempo, making sure to keep good, even rhythm as you up the tempo. If you get the notes, try to imitate the articulation and glissandi that Paul Desmond plays in the recording.

1. Continue voicing exercise, adding overtone matching between first and second overtones.
2. Opposite octave exercise: add your octave key to F, but keep it from jumping up the octave by opening your throat (like a yawn) and relaxing the muscles in your embouchure. It might help to take a little more mouthpiece in your mouth than usual. Once you get it on the F, repeat on E, D, C, Bb, then G, A, B, C.

Use the circled bit on the second page of the Voxman etude as a longtone warmup, playing the G’s as an overtone from your low C and the F# as an overtone from your low B.

Continue chromatic scale – aim to get to 115-120 bpm this week, going from low Bb to high F#. We’ll take this up next week.
Eb major full range. This week aim for 190 bpm.