Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Chicago IL

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.

Alejandro F.
(877) 231-8505
W. 19th st.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
7 to 21
Specialties
Guitar: beg to adv Piano and Bass: beg to inter I specialize in rock, heavy metal, and jazz.
Education
Florida International University - Liberal Studies - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Val K.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Singing, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 99
Specialties
voice, singing, music, theatrical singing, Broadway singing, music theory, opera voice, Jazz, POP, RNB, Theory of Music, Ear Training, Piano for Beginners. Opera (Classical), Musical Theatre (Broadway), Jazz, POP, RNB. Sight-Reading Special Coaching, Russian Classical Repertoire, Russian Diction.
Education
Tomsk Music College Tomsk, Russia - Music Education, Chorus Conducting - 1990 Music College by Moscow Conservatory Moscow, Russia - Voice - 1992 Russian Academy of Music (Gnessin Institute) Moscow, Russia - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - Unfinished (1994) Roosevelt University Chicago, IL - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy - 1998
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David B.
(877) 231-8505
N Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano, Clarinet, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Cello, Songwriting, Saxophone, Music Performance, Music Recording, Classical Guitar, Trumpet, Tuba, Guitar, French Horn, Upright Bass, Flute, Percussion, Trombone
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and 6 string guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.
Education
DePaul University - Jazz Studies - 2010-2012 (not complete) University of Colorado at Boulder - Music Performance - 2003-2006 (Master's degree received) Ball State University - Music Education and Performance - 1998-2003 (Bachelor's degree received)
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J. Andrew D.
(877) 231-8505
W Belden Ave,
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Songwriting, Piano
Ages Taught
7 to 65
Specialties
I majored in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on piano performance, composition, and arranging. My early training, however, was in classical -- and I've taken a number of courses in pop, classical, 20th century, and rock-based theory/arranging.
Education
Pasadena City College - General / Music - 2002-2006 (not complete) Sonoma State University - Jazz Studies (Piano) - 2006-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Paul R.
(877) 231-8505
W Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Dance, Songwriting, Piano, Acting, Trumpet, Music Performance, Theatrical Broadway Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am primarily a musical theatre pianist, so that is my forte. Fortunately, that encompasses many styles and requires knowledge of different playing methods. I also play and instruct classical, and many styles of jazz.
Education
SUNY New Paltz - Theatre, music - 8/2006-5/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mick A.
(877) 231-8505
S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Acting, Bass Guitar, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Singing, Music Recording, Drums, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Formerly certified Zuzuki instructor, good with very young children Excellent with professional and serious adult students
Education
American Conservatory Of Music - piano - 1964-72 (not complete) City Colleges of Chicago - education - 1984-86 (not complete) U.of I. Chicago - music/English - 1972-76 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Christian R.
(877) 231-8505
W. Mclean
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Percussion, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Rock and Jazz drum-set studies and performance. Afro-Cuban and Southern Indian hand-percussion studies and performance. Symphony percussion studies and performance. Classical piano studies and performance. Alternate drum-set and hand-percussion arrangement and instrumentation designed for recording and performance.
Education
Jacobs High-school and Dundee Crown High-school - General ED. and Music - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 2002-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Kwanwoo L.
(877) 231-8505
W. St. James Pl.
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Classical
Education
University of Illinois - Electrical Engineering - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Thomas W.
(877) 231-8505
South Halsted St
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am most well versed in jazz guitar and pop/blues guitar. I also have a strong background in classical piano and am a strong sight reader. I teach Music composition, music theory, beginning banjo, music performance, and music recording.
Education
Columbia College Chicago - Instrumental Performance - 2005-present (not complete)
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Daniel K.
(877) 231-8505
N Janssen Ave
Chicago, IL
Subjects
Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Dance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Music Recording, Trumpet, Music Performance
Ages Taught
8 to 60
Specialties
Customized approach to the individual based on needs and goals.
Education
Argo Community H.S. - Academic - 1974-1977 (High School diploma received) Columbia College - Music Composition - 1987-1990 (Bachelor's degree received) DePaul University - Music Education - 2001-2001 (not complete)
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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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