32 Guided Practice Lesson 4.3


Students will be able to:

  • utilize proper tongue placement and air usage when performing different types of articulations without altering the quality of tone from one note to the next
  • play sustained tones with full air and consistency with control
  • alter pitch between partials with a relaxed embouchure, control from the corners of the mouth, and alteration of air speed through changing the oral cavity shape


  • Instrument
  • Metronome


  1. Speak and Play. Speak the articulation pattern that you intend to play, paying attention to consonant and vowel in that replication. Make sure to observe the different ways in which your tongue and air stream speak each syllable before you then play it on the mouthpiece and on the instrument.
  2. Tone Builder. In this variation on long tones, gradually extend the duration of your long tone, starting with 4 counts playing, 4 counts resting, extending to 6, 8, and then 12 counts. Focus on keeping tone consistent throughout the entire long tone. It is more important to keep the tone consistent and full than to make the entire duration. Doing this activity regularly can increase air support and endurance.
  3. Lip Slur 2. When changing between shelves, make sure to consider the vowel shape being used to aid in playing with faster air. By narrowing the oral cavity from an Ahh to an Eee, you will speed up the air and maintain a relaxed center portion of your embouchure.
  4. Legato Articulation. Play the full rhythm pattern on each note of the first five notes of the Bb Major scale. Pay attention to keeping the weight of your articulation consistent from one note to the next without altering the quality of your tone.
  5. Dexterity Exercise #2. Pay close attention to quick transitions between fingerings or slide positions, with clear tone on all notes across the perfect fifth.


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