Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Costa Mesa CA

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.

Dustin C.
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Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
Subjects
Songwriting, Music Theory, Music Performance, Viola, Piano
Ages Taught
10 to 70
Specialties
Primarily classical music. I also teach composition, church music and contemporary concert/modern music.
Education
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - Composition - 9/2005 to 6/2007 (Master's degree received) Santa Clara University - Piano Performance/Music - 9/2001 to 6/2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA
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Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Music Theory, Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice, Songwriting
Ages Taught
7 to 70
Specialties
music, voice, modern singing, piano, ear training, vocal jazz, musical theatre, Broadway, children's voice lessons,piano lessons, Rock, jazz, pop, Latin, folk, Broadway, classical, bel-canto, Songwriting, improvisation, sight reading, speech techniques, monologues, speaking voice, music theory, music performance
Education
Art School La barraca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Acting - march 1983 - nov 1986 Liceo Nr 9 Santiago Derqui, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Bachiller - march 1978 - december 1982 Conservatory of Music Basel, Switzerland - Vocal jazz, piano - sept 1997 - sept 2002
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Laura V.
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13th Street
Huntington Beach, CA
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Singing, Songwriting, Piano, Music Theory, Speaking Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Performance
Ages Taught
7 to 70
Specialties
music, voice, modern singing, piano, ear training, vocal jazz, musical theatre, Broadway, children's voice lessons,piano lessons, Rock, jazz, pop, Latin, folk, Broadway, classical, bel-canto, Songwriting, improvisation, sight reading, speech techniques, monologues, speaking voice, music theory, music performance
Education
Art School La barraca, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Acting - march 1983 - nov 1986 Liceo Nr 9 Santiago Derqui, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Bachiller - march 1978 - december 1982 Conservatory of Music Basel, Switzerland - Vocal jazz, piano - sept 1997 - sept 2002
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Gino J.
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Island Cir,
Huntington Beach, CA
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Piano, Music Recording, Music Theory, Music Performance, Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Acoustic and Electric Guitar: beg to adv Bass Guitar: beg to adv Piano: beg to inter Electronic Keyboards: synthesizers, software, recording, sequencing I am adept in the following music styles & genres: classic rock, modern rock, metal, pop radio hits from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, & current top40, blues, r&b. Also have jazz background in these genres: swing, bebop, smooth jazz, fusion, Brazilian, Latin. I like to use different teaching formats: notation, tab, transcribing, ear training, theory, vid…
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Cosumnes River College - Music - (not complete)
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Marc L.
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Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA
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Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
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I am primarily a classical pianist.
Education
University of California, Berkeley - Music - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University, Long Beach - Piano Performance - 2010-2012 (not complete)
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Nicole S.
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Thornwood Circle
Huntington Beach, CA
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Singing, Piano, Music Theory
Ages Taught
6 to 70
Specialties
Voice, basic vocal technique, Musical Interpretation & Expression, Music Theory, Broadway, classical, pop, worship, gospel, jazz
Education
Bev Hils HS - general - 1972 to 1976 CSULB - music education (vocal) - 1/1997 TO 6/2000 CSULB, graduate studies, credential in music (2000)
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RockStars Music Studios
18582 Beach Blvd, Suite 214
Huntington Beach, CA
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Chorus, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Violin, Voice
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Blues, Classical, Electronic, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$130
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Michelle F.
(877) 231-8505
Flagstone
Irvine, CA
Subjects
Opera Voice, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Piano, Music Performance, Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I incorporate Alexander Technique in my voice lessons. I teach musicianship and sight reading/singing in both my piano and voice lessons.
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CSU Fullerton - BM:Vocal Performance (In progress. Last year) - Fall 2007-Present (not complete)
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Emma M.
(877) 231-8505
Tulagi St.
Cypress, CA
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Music Theory, Piano
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5 to 99
Specialties
I am using Alfred’s Piano or Thompson’s Modern course, popular classics, musicals/movie and piano duets. These duets are very useful as supplementary material in a piano program, musically rewarding, and very motivational.
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Musical Education: 1962-1971 Odessa State College of Music, Odessa, Ukraine 1971-1975 Odessa State University of Music, Odessa, Ukraine Qualification: Piano Teacher and Concertmaster Completion: B.A. in 1975.
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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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