Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Flagstaff AZ

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.

Taran A.
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Singing, Harmonica, Acting, Dance, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano, Speaking Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Flute, Ukulele, Guitar
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5 to 99
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I teach every style but especially like pop and jazz. I initiate my students with chord-ing methods for the songs they enjoy right away so they can sound advanced in a easy approach.
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University of Calgary - Music - 1972-1976 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Calgary - Education - 1976-1978 (Master's degree received) Toronto Conservatory of Music - Piano Pedagogy - 1965-1980 (Associate degree received)
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Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Dance, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
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1 to 99
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Styles I specialize in include tasteful guitar soloing, groove development, rhythm and lead on electric and acoustic, improvisation, playing with other musicians, and helping a student find their own sound. Genres that I specialize in include Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, World, and Instrumental.
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Tucson High Magnet School - Music/General Study - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received) Pima Community College - Gen. Ed./Music - 1999-2009 (not complete)
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Tammie W.
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Mesa, AZ
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Music Theory, Piano
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5 to 99
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classical
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Savannah High School - music - 1976-1979 (High School diploma received)
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Clarinet, Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory, Saxophone
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1 to 99
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Mostly classical with some jazz, from early music to the present day.
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Hampton Christian High School - HS Diploma - Fall 1998 - Spring 2004 (High School diploma received) Virginia Commonwealth University - Music Performance - Fall 2004-Spring 2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Vince J.
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Glendale, AZ
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Viola, Songwriting, Oboe, Opera Voice, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Music Performance, Piano, Cello, Trombone, Violin, Percussion, Organ, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Guitar, Upright Bass, French Horn, Music Theory, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flute
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3 to 60
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I use methods commonly known where the students can recognize the pieces. I like to teach the students to create their own music. Besides teaching regular methods I like to supplement my teaching with songs that they like to play.
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Los Angeles State College - Music - 1/1963-7/1964 (Bachelor's degree received) California State University at Los Angeles - Music - 9/1964-7/1965 (Master's degree received)
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Tucson, AZ
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Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording
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5 to 99
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Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
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Mills College - Electronic Music - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) Mills College - Music Composition - 2002 - 2006 (Master's degree received) University of Arizona - Music Composition - 1998 - 2002 (Bachelor's degree received) New School for the Arts - Music - 1995 - 1997 (High School diploma received)
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Phoenix, AZ
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Opera Voice, Music Theory, Music Performance, Piano, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing
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5 to 99
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Opera, classical, musical theater
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University of Minnesota, Duluth - Music Performance (Voice) - 01/04-05/06 (Master's degree received) Trinity College, Deerfield, IL - Music Educatioin - 09/79-05/81 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Voice Performance - 09/76-05/79 (not complete)
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Laveen, AZ
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Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Music Performance, Singing, Opera Voice, Piano
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5 to 99
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I specialize in both opera and gospel style singing. I believe in teaching each student to express their music in such a way that their audience actually feels what the musician is feeling.
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Washington State University - Vocal Performance - 1996-2001 (Bachelor's degree received) Arizona State University - Opera Performance - 2001-2007 (Master'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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