Week 3 Brass Practice assignment: Play "Hot Cross Buns" by ear and continue with pages 4 and 5 in the book.

Posted by Pete Santucci on 9/19/2019

HOMEWORK PRACTICE assignment for Week 3
Hello again 5th grade trombone and trumpet players!!! Your homework for this week is to practice at least 30 minutes total before your next music class on the exercises we practiced in class. Buzz, play long tones, Play low and high, and try to play Hot Cross Buns.

Review 1. Buzz on your mouthpiece a soft, steady, long note.

Review 2. Buzz on your mouthpiece low and high like a siren. (Ahhh - EEEEEE) Change the angle of your air-stream and change the tightness of your lips. Experiment to create different pitches.

Then put your mouthpiece into your instrument and...
Review 3. Play a nice, beautiful, steady long tone through your instrument. (See if you can play 10-20 seconds with one breath.) Do NOT attempt to do this more than 3 times in one day or you may get dizzy!!!!

Review 4. With your mouthpiece still in your instrument, play your instrument and try to use your lips to change between higher notes and lower notes (without changing your fingers on the valves or slide.) If you are having trouble, try thinking of saying "AHHHHH" 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. Try NOT to let your cheeks puff out like a squirrel!

NEW 5. Play "Hot Cross Buns" on your instrument using the notes from exercise #5, #7 and #9 in your book:

Mi     Re     Do...
Mi     Re     Do...
Do Do Do Do, Re Re Re Re,
Mi     Re     Do...


Trumpets use the notes E, D, C for Mi Re Do
Trombones use the notes D, C, Bb for Mi Re Do

I found these really good videos that show you how to play hot cross buns using Mi, Re, Do:


Click here for trombone Hot Cross Buns Video

Click here for trumpet Hot Cross Buns Video



6. If you have more time to practice, keep trying to learn all the notes on Pages 4 and 5 in your book. (See video lessons on last week's blog from week 2)