Week 5 Brass: #10, #11, #12, #13, maybe try #14 !

Posted by Pete Santucci on 10/3/2019

Week 5: October 3-8
Scroll to the bottom for new instructional videos!!!

Be sure to have your practice log signed by your parent/guardian after practicing for at least 30 minutes this week.

Now that we are learning the notes out of the book you will remember them MUCH better if you practice 3 or 4 days per week rather than just one day per week.

If you want some review... read this: Continue the same buzzing and long tones when you first start to practice. Buzz on your Mouthpiece a soft, steady, long tone. Buzz on your mouthpiece low and high like a siren. TRY TO GET LOWER AND HIGHER THAN BEFORE. If you are having trouble, try thinking of saying "AHHHHH" or "OHHHH" on the lower notes and "EEEEE" on the higher notes. Also remember that your lips will have to be slightly looser on the low notes and will have to be slightly tighter or stronger on the higher notes. You might also have more luck with the higher notes if you think of blowing faster air or blowing the air all the way through your instrument and all the way across the room.
NOTE: If you are having trouble, remember to experiment with the location of your mouthpiece on your lips. You might have to move your mouthpiece slightly higher or lower. Also, don't press your mouthpiece against your lips too hard. To play low-pitch (deep) notes your lips should just be touching the mouthpiece gently. If you are still having trouble, watch in a mirror and make sure your lips are pretty even and you don’t have one lip covering the other. (You don't want your upper lip covering your lower lip, and you don't want your lower lip covering your upper lip.)

Week 5 assignment: continue page 4 and 5 until you can make it to page 6!
On page 5...Play Exercise 10, 11, 12, 13 (write notes under exercise 13 and then play it).
Then go to page 6 if you're ready!!!

Please use a pencil to complete the written work on exercise 13 if you have not yet done it. Then go on to page 6. See if you can learn number 17 (Hot Cross Buns) and number 14 (Rolling Along)

I have recorded videos to help you practice! Watch the video and pause after each of my examples so that you can try playing the notes with the correct pitch and rhythm. Be sure to watch the correct video for your instrument.

Here (again) are the old videos if you need to review pages 4 and 5:
Trumpet players click here for review video of page 4 and 5
Trombone players click here or review video of page 4 and 5

New videos for week 5:

These videos will help you with exercises 10, 11, 12, 13 and then go to page 6 for exercise 14...
Watch the video and pause after each of my examples so that you can try playing the notes with the correct pitch and rhythm. You do not have to watch the whole video at once. (They are too long.) You can watch a few minutes at each practice session until you have seen all of it. (You really only need the first half of the video for this week's assignment.)

Page 5-6 videos (exercises 11, 12, 13, 14):

Trumpet players click here for NEW video that takes you from page 5 to page 6

Trombone players click here for NEW video that takes you from page 5 to page 6


Special note about holding your instrument...

Now that we are changing notes you really need to learn the correct way to hold your instrument:
Click here to watch a GREAT video showing how to hold your trombone
Click here to watch a GREAT video showing how to hold your trumpet

Trombone players remember that the best thing for your slide is to order some Yamaha Trombone Slide Lubricant.  (You can buy it at Magic Flute Music Store or order some online.)

And it is also good to get a small misting spray bottle to spray a mist of water on your slide after you put the oil on it. (You don’t have to get one made for trombone! You can just buy a small spray bottle from CVS, Walgreens, or the container store, and put regular water in it.

For those of you who are struggling to play the notes we learned on on pages 4 and 5: It's OK, don't give up hope! But you should email me and arrange to try to meet with me after school or during lunch so that I can give you some individual pointers that can really, really help you! (Make sure to remind me which school you are at!)

Always feel free to email me if you have questions or need advice!
~~Mr Santucci psantucci@rossvalleyschools.org
Video for trombone exercises 11, 12, 13 14
Video for trumpet exercises 11, 12, 13, 14
How to hold your trombone correctly
How to hold your trumpet correctly