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Re: Using the Blue Book as your warm-up material
1BAC are done daily. These REALLY help build tone. Once students are using consistent air we add having them watch their tuners to learn their own tendencies to be applied in music later. Yes there’s just tuning and equal temperament. We did just tuning. Didn’t do 3a this or last year but these are good, especially for brass, for moving between partials and having their lips and air ready for that, and of course tuning. Then we move on to the Sets. Great for slurring practice that we all know students love to cheat and tongue whenever they want. Sometimes they don’t even notice they’re doing it! Also good for tuning. At first they’ll sound like trash cans, but once they master the notes and movement, time to focus on tone, then intonation between skips and keeping all notes constant and even sounding, especially not “screaming” on the jfkejsr note of the slur. Woodwinds get scale and chromatic practice. In scales we practice the holy keys as previously mentioned. My group learns the major scale, scale and arpeggio for articulations, and scale patterns. I’d they’re doing very well we move on to the chord studies. Then chorales for balance, tuning, bopping to show them they’re not actually moving together. Throughout all of these exercises, tempo changes can be added in once mastered to get students used to WATCHING THE CONDUCTOR.