Re: Re: Re: Essential for Daily Practice

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Posted by russell on July 01, 2003 at 13:17:44:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Essential for Daily Practice posted by Scott on June 30, 2003 at 12:26:09:

My basic practice routine has changed since college as a I am a high school band director now and time for personal practice is lacking. Still, I manage to squeeze in about an hour a day. On days I have no time- i still do 5-10 mins. (I tell my students to do this as well-- 5 minutes on long tones and scale stuff is better than nothing-- at least they are using the embouchre muscles daily)

I begin with long tones (a variation of the Caruso 6 note excersize) followed by scale excersizes ("The Complete Tuba Scale Book" from Boosey & Hawkes has GREAT stuff in all keys) and lip slurs. Then I work on an etude (Kopprash/Tyrell/Arban) and some technical stuff (Clarke or Arban). Next, something more lyrical (Rochut). At the end of my practice, I go through a few band/orch. excerpts or quintet stuff for an upcoming gig. Once in awhile, i'll play through some jazz fakebook heads up/down octaves to work range.

Like I said- time is scarce at this point in my life so I am trying (desperately) to maintain what chops I have and an hour a day is all i can spare.

Hope this is more clear.


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