Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun East Amherst 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.

Kathryn Z.
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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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Piano and Vocals: beg to adv Jazz and contemporary music specialization
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Northern Virginia Community College - Music - 1998-2000 (Associate degree received) Berklee College of Music - Music - 2000-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) University of North Texas - Music - 2006-2009 (Master's degree received)
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Jazz, classical, R+B, blues, virtually any genre (as I've performed them all) Highly studied and accomplished in music theory, composition, and orchestration, ear training and arranging
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8 to 99
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Styles/genres: jazz, funk, rock, pop, classical, folk, reggae, hip hop, Balkan folk. Methods: transcription and analysis, ear training, tone production, music theory, improvisation, composition, reading and rhythm studies, repertoire development.
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Washington State University - Music - Sept '91-May '97 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory - Jazz Studies - Sept '04-May '06 (Master's degree received)
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All, but adept at teaching improvisation
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Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - 1982 - 1980 (Bachelor's degree received) The Juilliard School - 1984 - 1982 (Master's degree received) The Manhattan School of Music - 1989 - 1986 (Degree received)
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I have been trained as a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music and by Madeline Bruser, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Art of Practicing. There was tremendous focus put into communication with the student and listening to his/her needs, reading music fluently, playing with minimum tension/maximum efficiency (knowing how to move with ease while achieving the sound the student desires), listening techniques at the piano, and learning to play with confidence and joy. I have a profess…
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Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Music Theory, Trombone, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano, Classical Guitar
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8 to 99
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Guitar: beg to adv Piano and sax: beg to inter I am a guitarist who specializes in rock and blues. I have classical guitar training at the college level. I have taught band methods for the past 10 years.
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SUNY Potsdam - Music Education - 8/95-12/97 (Master's degree received) SUNY Geneseo - Music Theory and History - 8/90-5/94 (Bachelor's degree received)
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5 to 99
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I have developed my own method for teaching guitar to large groups. I am a Jazz specialist and can teach improvisation and advanced harmony.
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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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