Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun El Monte 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.

Deborah B.
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Piano
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5 to 80
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Using Hanon and John Thompson for beginners
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Cal State Los Angeles - Music/Piano - 1970-1974 (Bachelor's degree received) Cal State Los Angeles - Music/Piano - 1974-1976 (Master's degree received)
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I was trained classically in piano. I have taught many different styles of music from Jazz to Contemporary to help student's realize their true passion for the piano. I use many varieties of piano methods that best fits the student. Material I use: Piano Adventures, online pieces, adjusted material to benefit and enhance the student most efficiently.I love to interact with the students so they may have a strong passion and desire to capture the material and to develop a stronger sense of the …
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Theatrical Broadway Singing, Speaking Voice, Music Theory, Flute, Singing, Acting, Piano, Music Performance, Dance, Songwriting
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6 to 87
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Over 20 years of experience in the studio as a session vocalist. I specialize in vocal freedom, incorporating the feldenkrais and alexander techniques with exercises also taken from the Jeanie Deva Contemporary Vocalist Series. On piano and guitar I very much focus on the styles that make the students come alive. I stress the importance of reading and ear training, but don't force it to the point of the students dislike for music training. I'd rather they enjoy and experiment with sound than …
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Andy S.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Music Performance, Percussion, Drums, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano
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5 to 99
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My percussion knowledge is vast and I can teach any genre My guitar knowledge is considerably less, but I can teach from beginners to intermediate levels. My piano knowledge is beginner to novice level
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Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 9/1991-5/1995 (Bachelor's degree received) New York University - Music/Composition - 9/1995-5/1997 (Master's degree received)
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Los Angeles, CA
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Music Theory, Music Recording, Songwriting, Music Performance, Saxophone, Piano, Flute, Clarinet
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5 to 99
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I teach technique in saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano. I specialize in techniques for ear training (Learning songs quickly and remembering them.) and for improvisation within the genres of Jazz, Rock and R&B.
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University of Rochester - Music - 08/2004 - 12/2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Montebello, CA
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Piano
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Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
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Britany B.
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Fremont Ave
South Pasadena, CA
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Violin, Piano
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5 to 16
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I have only taught in the Alfred Teaching Method for piano, but am going to research some other methods that I might consider adapting into my personal teaching method. I also took violin lessons for six years in the Suzuki Method and would probably teach any private violin lessons using that particular method.
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Loma Linda Academy - N/A - 1998-2001 (not complete) La Sierra University - Music - 2001-2002 (not complete) Azusa Pacific University - Graphic Design - 2002-2005 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Mark H.
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S. Petunia
La Habra, CA
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Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
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5 to 99
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Piano - Foundations, jazz piano, broadway, easy listening. Voice - Foundations, breathing, operatic stylings, broadway.
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Cal State Northridge - Music / Voice Perform - 1979-1982 (Bachelor's degree received) Western Seminary - Music Administration - 1985-1987 (Master's degree received) Azusa Pacific Universityh - Educational Leadership - 1997-2006 (PhD degree received) Vanguard University - Music Credential - 2009-2010 (Degree received)
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Los Angeles, CA
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Piano, Percussion, Music Performance, Drums, Songwriting
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5 to 99
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I am very accomplished on Drumset. I play and study all styles Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Fusion, Big Band, World and all drumset concepts Linear, Compound stickings, Ghost Notes, Rudiments and rudimental application. Rhythm/Timing, Physiology Soloing, Ostinatos, Odd Meters, Odd Note Groupings, 4 way co-ordination,
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Musicians Institue - Drumset Percussion/Honors - March 1987-March 88 (Degree received) Southern NH Univ - General - Jan 2005 July 2006 (not complete)
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Glendale, CA
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Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
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3 to 99
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I specialize in Classical piano, but am comfortable teaching at all levels.
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San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Piano Performance - 8/1976 - 1/1978 (not complete) San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Music - 8/1974-5/1976 (Bachelor's degree received) Illinois State University - Music - 9/1972 - 6/1974 (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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