28 Guided Practice Lesson 3.4


Students will be able to:

  • move between harmonic partials and between notes with smooth, consistent tone that is centered on pitch
  • play basic melodic patterns with accuracy in fingerings/slide positions


  • Instrument
  • Metronome
  • Tuner


  1. Mouthpiece Melody. Buzz a melody on the mouthpiece. Try to pay attention to continuity of tone and centering of pitch. Keep the melodic shape legato without clear breaks in the sound.
  2. Reverse Remington. Focus on producing a smooth, consistent tone and a stable pitch on both notes. Emphasize the continuation of air between notes.
  3. Lip Slur Exercise #3. Breathing as necessary, keep the air moving between notes. Think about the change of vowel shape (Ah to Ee) on ascending lines.
  4. Contrasting Articulation Study. Make sure to keep the tone consistent as you move from legato to staccato to accent. Each note should fully speak with good tone and centered pitch. Practice using a 5 note pentachord, playing the full rhythm on each pitch of the pentachord.
  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 legato articulation.


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