22 Guided Practice Lesson 2.3


Students will be able to:

  • utilize proper finger/slide technique on passages requiring dexterity
  • maintain a consistent tone across the functional register of the instrument
  • move freely between adjacent partials


  • Instrument
  • Metronome
  • Tuner


  1. Mouthpiece Sirens Start on a comfortable pitch in the lower register. Glissando up and back to that original pitch in one breath. Focus on consistent tone and smooth pitch transitions without interruption. Repeat 4 times.
  2. Long tones on the mouthpiece Focus on producing a consistent tone on any comfortable pitch. Repeat 4 times.
  3. Lip Slur #3 Focus on producing a smooth, consistent tone and a stable pitch on both partials. Focus on moving between partials using Ahhh and Ohhh consonants.
  4. Broken Remington Set the tuner to play a drone on concert F (concert C for horn). When performing, do not leave the upper pitch until it is stable and matched with the drone. Eliminate the rests that are notated in this exercise, but breathe as necessary.
  5. Dexterity Exercise #1 Play through each of the keys of this exercise at a tempo with which you are comfortable. Pay close attention to pitch accuracy and the attack of each note, using a clear and consistent articulation. Alter the articulation for each exercise by creating a pattern by which to play in each key utilize slur, staccato, and legato articulations.
  6. Dexterity Exercise #2 Choose four keys to practice. For each key, pay close attention to centering the pitch as you transition from diatonic to chromatic passages.


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