29 Guided Practice Lesson 3.5


Students will be able to:

  • control both pitch and tone with consistency from attack to release with control of air stream
  • move smoothly between partials on the instrument without interruption of the air stream
  • develop greater endurance with good tone consistency


  • Instrument
  • Metronome
  • Tuner


  1. Endurance Builder on Mouthpiece–4+6+8+12 Using just the mouthpiece, buzz a concert F for a gradually increasing duration. Start with 4 counts of buzzing, followed by 4 counts of rest. Then progress to 6, 8, and 12 counts. The goal is to gradually expand capacity. It is more important to stop when the tone is solid than stretching all the way through all counts.
  2. Remington Combined. Remove the rests from the Broken Remington exercise. Focus on centering the pitch of the concert F (concert C for horn) and making a smooth transition to the lower partial.
  3. Lip Slur 3. Use air and adjustment to the corners of the mouth and the space within the oral cavity, as opposed to pressure in the center of the embouchure. Keep each note connected together.
  4. Dexterity Exercise #1. While focusing on performing pitches accurately, alter articulations with each change of key. Play Bb Concert with legato, C Concert with slur, Eb Concert with staccato, and F Concert with accent. Pay attention to keeping the articulation consistent from one note to the next and making sure that the articulation does not affect tone quality and consistency.
  5. Dexterity Exercise #2. Make sure to quickly transition between fingerings/positions while keeping each note full value throughout.


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