22 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 Remington. Play long tones using the Remington series pattern on the mouthpiece. Emphasize the centering of pitch and consistency of tone.
  2. Pitch bending long tones 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. 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.
  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.
  6. Melody for playing test #2. This should be a different piece than you used for Playing test #1. For this first practice, focus on correct pitch and good articulation technique.


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