23 Guided Practice Lesson 2.4


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
  • adjust pitch to correct intonation errors
  • move freely between adjacent partials


  • Instrument
  • Metronome
  • Tuner


  1. Mouthpiece Long Tones. Play long tones on the mouthpiece. Emphasize the centering of pitch and consistency of tone.
  2. Pitch Bending Long Tones On your instrument, start in the middle of your register, playing at a mp level. Focus on consistent tone and pitch throughout the long tone, using a tuner to check pitch stability. Once pitch is established, relax the embouchure and slow the air, allowing the pitch to bend flat; then, return to the original pitch, making sure it returns in tune. Chromatically move down from the open fundamental doing the same exercise on each pitch.
  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. Use the tuner to check pitch on each partial.
  4. Legato Exercise Starting on concert Bb and ascending to F diatonically, play the notated rhythm on each note. Pay close attention to the consistency of your attack and the control of the tone and pitch being played.
  5. Dexterity Exercise #2 Choose four keys to practice that are different from GPL 2.3. For each key, pay close attention to centering the pitch as you transition from diatonic to chromatic passages.


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