Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Escondido 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.

Olivia D.
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Piano
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traditional classical piano
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University of Oregon - Piano Performance - 1990-1994 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Oregon - Music Education certification - 1994-1995 (Degree received) The Boston Conservatory - Piano Performance - 1995-1997 (Master's degree received)
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Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
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voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and theatrical Broadway; I teach all styles in piano.
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Music Theory, Singing, Piano, Speaking Voice
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music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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Wheaton North - college prep - 1969-1972 (degree received) Northland College - art - 1972-1973 (not complete) Wisc. College Conservatory of Music - jazz voice - 1973-1975 (not complete) Musician's Institute - voice - 1990-1991 (degree received)
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Violin, Viola, Piano
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Music, Violin, Viola, Piano Primarily Suzuki method. I am very creative in my teaching methods though. I believe in making learning fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
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Dogwood Academy - - 1996-2000 (degree received) UNC Charlotte - Music - '00-'02 & '05-08 (degree received)
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Berkeley, CA
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Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance
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8 to 99
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I teach fundamental singing techniques from voice training books. I work with jazz, popular music, blues, gospel, folk, ethnic music, and broadway singing, I have had rap, hip hop, soul and r & B students, I work with beginning classical piano books as well as books for blues and jazz piano for new students.
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CSU Sonaoma - Music/Jazz Studies - 1989-1992 (Bachelor's degree received) UC Berkeley - Adult Education Teaching Credential - 2004-2006 (Degree received)
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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Recording
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Modern/Classic/Acoustic Rock Pop Hip Hop Ballads Punk Metal Industrial Electronic
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Sunflower Christian - General - 1989-1993 (High School diploma received) Palomar College - General - 1990-2000 (not complete) Cedarville College - Communications/audio/video - 1994-1996 (not complete) Cal State Bakersfield - Communications/audio/video - 1997-1998 (not complete)
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Oceanside, CA
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Music theory, classics and popular music.
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Marymount - college prep - 1968-1972 (High School diploma received) U.S.C. - music & psychology - 1972-1976 (Bachelor's degree received)
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classical music is my specialization. However, I always look for students' talents and interests when teaching them.
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UCSD - Electrical Engineering - 2004-2007 (Bachelor'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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