23 Guided Practice Lesson 2.5


Students will be able to:

  • perform a simple melody using proper technique and demonstrating consistent tone, pitch, and articulation
  • play basic melodic patterns with accuracy in fingerings/slide positions


  • Instrument
  • Metronome
  • Tuner


  1. Long Tones focusing on centered pitch and characteristic tone.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Dexterity Exercise #2 Choose remaining four keys to practice that are different from GPL 2.3 & 2.4. For each key, pay close attention to centering the pitch as you transition from diatonic to chromatic passages.
  5. 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.
  6. Record playing test #2.


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