Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Buffalo NY

Whether you’re on the road, running from one gig to the next, or dealing with distractions at home, finding time to practice is difficult for all of us, here are some exercises, each of which focuses on a different element of playing, depending on what kind of gig it is. Try the ones I’ve outlined here, then make up your own to incorporate your favorite licks and runs in your daily warm-up routine.

Adam K.
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Tiemann Pl.
New York, NY
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Songwriting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 50
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I specialize in teaching jazz/pop/rock/improvisation. I can teach beginner/intermediate classical piano lessons as well. I teach composition/theory/ear training for all instruments.
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Manhattan School of Music - Jazz Piano Performance - Fall 2007-Spring 2011 (not complete)
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Dave L.
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Post Road
Bronx, NY
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Music Theory, Trombone, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
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5 to 75
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Using terminology that gets the message across to each student. Every one of them are different. It may take a while to figure them out but when you do things start to come together.
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Manhattan School of Music - Music - 9/94-5/96 (Master's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Music - 9/88-5/93 (Bachelor's degree received) Laguardia H.S of the Arts - Music - 9/85-6/88 (not complete)
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Nino M.
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101 street
Richmond Hill, NY
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Music Theory, Singing, Piano, Music Performance
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5 to 95
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classical music, popular songs for kids
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GIPA - Education Administration - 2002-03 (Master's degree received) Gori Music College - Music, piano - 1990-94 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kathryn Z.
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W. 31st Street
New York, NY
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Singing, Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
4 to 99
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all-levels voice, beginning guitar, beginning piano I specialize in a classical voice method, which I believe is a good foundation for all styles of singing. I have experience with classical singing, music theatre (I have a minor from my undergraduate education in Theatre) and folk. I'm an experienced songwriter and am able to guide students in that area. I teach notes and chords for my guitar students. I don't teach guitar tablature; instead, I teach basic guitar music on the staff. Also, I …
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Litchfield High School - general - graduated 1994 University of Nebraska - BFA--Music (Vocal Performance) - graduated 1998 Cleveland Institute of Music - Master of Music (Voice) - graduated 2000
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Natallia K.
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101 str.,
Brooklyn, NY
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Piano, Violin, Viola
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5 to 99
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I am classically trained, but I have studied Suzuki method a lot by myself and I am using Suzuki violin books. I use different methods, though I prefer C.Flesh,I. Galamian and Sevcik the most.
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Belorussian State Academy of Music - Violin Performance - 2007-2009 (not complete) Brest College of Music - Artist of Orchestra, Violin teacher - 2002-2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Brest Music School No 2 - Violin Performance - 1995-2002 (Associate degree received)
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Jennifer K.
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Hancock St
Brooklyn, NY
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Guitar, Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
When teaching piano, because I specialize in classical, I emphasize sight-reading, theory and performance from the very first lesson. As soon as possible, I have student memorize pieces appropriate to their level. I begin each lesson with memory work, move into sight-reading and analysis of the new work, or exercise. This way a student has a multi-faceted approach to music they are learning, and once they have learned it, they are continually adding to their repertoire. I work this way becaus…
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Williams College - Music Major - September 1999-June 2004 (Bachelor's degree received) Conservatory of Music/ SUNY Purchase - Master of Music Classical Piano - September 2007-December 2010 (not complete)
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Sarah B.
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Nehring Ave
Staten Island, NY
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Music Theory, Piano
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3 to 99
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Popular and classical piano, music theory.
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Rosati-Kain - general - 1996-2000 (High School diploma received) Maryville University - Music/Music Therapy - 2000-2004 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Max G.
(877) 231-8505
Riverside Drive
New York, NY
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Piano
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5 to 99
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I specialize in teaching Classical and Jazz/
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Bard College - Music - 2006-2010 (not complete)
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Alex P.
(877) 231-8505
118th street
Kew Gardens, NY
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Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I specialize in classical piano and jazz piano. In classical, I teach based on my experience as a classical pianist who has been performing and participating in international competitions and festivals since age 6 and based on various teaching methods and styles I observed in my years of study and taking master-classes with a wide variety of leading teachers in the field of classical performance. In jazz, I used some of the methods I learned from Peter Petruhin, a pioneer of early jazz educat…
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The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Jazz piano - 09/2005-12/2008 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Maryland School of Music - Major in Composition, minor in Piano Performance - 09/2001 - 05/2003
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Aaron B.
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W109th St.
New York, NY
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Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory
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5 to 80
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piano: beg to adv - prefers inter to adv I am a trained in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which is an approach to music education that uses movement to connect what the ear hears and what the mind knows. In the piano lesson, I draw from what I have developed in the classroom, including improvisation, dis ordination, kin aesthetic awareness, and notation.
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Amherst College - Physics + Music - 98-02 (Bachelor's degree received) Longy School of Music - Piano + Eurhythmics - 03-06 (Master's degree received)
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Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun

by Josh Dodes

Finding time to practice is difficult for all of us. Whether you’re on the road, running from one gig to the next, or dealing with distractions at home, it can be daunting to keep your chops up. Whether at sound check or the beginning of a session, it’s always important for me to get my hands and ears moving in as little time as possible, and often, only a few minutes are available. That’s why I’ve come up with these exercises for myself, each of which focuses on a different element of my playing, depending on what kind of gig it is. Try the ones I’ve outlined here, then make up your own to incorporate your favorite licks and runs in your daily warm-up routine.

  

0210 Play It TMT 1 Pedaling - click for audio . I often end up pedaling on one note with accented chords around it. You can do this in any key, with different accent chords. The important thing is to keep the single-note line as fluid as possible across both hands, even with the chords moving around it.

  

0210 Play It TMT 2 Blues licks - click for audio. I typically start this exercise in F, then move down a half-step at a time to C, then start again at F and take it up by half-steps to C. Different licks feel better in different keys, so I’ll often do variations on these runs as I move around the keyboard.

  

0210 Play It TMT 3 Left hand arpeggios - click for audio. The idea here is to get a fluid, expressive left hand arpeggio moving under an ostinato pattern in the right hand. I’ll usually go up a half-step at a time, periodically altering the right hand phrase in the fourth bar.

  

0210 Play It TMT 4 Pop-ups - click for audio. These kinds of percussive pop-ups are particularly good on funkier songs if you’re playing solo. They bring a little bit of slap bass feel to your left hand. You can play this exercise in any key; the important thing is for the right hand part to feel like it’s being “propelled” by your left thumb.

  

0210 Play It TMT 5 Two-handed percussion - click for audio . This is based on my song “Shakespeare Monkey,” and is a good way to focus on syncopation and rhythmic precision at fast tempos. I’ll usually loop this, moving up a half-step every four bars.

0210 Josh Dodes Thumb New York City keyboardist Josh Dodes has toured and recorded with Marc Cohn, Toby Lightman (shown), and Julian Velard, as well as with his own Josh Dodes Band, featured on VH1’s “Bands on the Run.” He currently writes for thisisyoursong.net , a custom songwriting service he co-founded in 2005.

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