Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Fort Collins CO

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.

Vanessa Felhauer
818 Balsam Ln
Fort Collins, CO
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$38
Years of Experience
10 Years

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Bianca Herbert
1751 S Granby St -
Aurora, CO
Instruments
Audio Recording, Cello, Chorus, Composition, Ear Training, Music Business, Music Therapy, Other, Piano, Suzuki Method, Theory, Viola, Violin, Voice
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids, Other, Rock - Alternative
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$38
Years of Experience
16 Years

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Brandon N.
(877) 231-8505
Quartz Street
Castle Rock, CO
Subjects
Music Theory, Acting, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Recording
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
I generally can play any style of music that I hear. I enjoy rock/pop music and enjoy learning various finger-picking style of music. Most of my practice takes place on the acoustic guitar for finger strength and then I will apply that to electric guitar. I love blues music as well as R&B and have written several pieces in every genre.
Education
University of Colorado - Bachelors of Science in Music - 2002-2003 (degree received) Polk Community College - General Associate of Arts - 1999-2001 (degree received) Lake Region High School - Tri-Music Honor Society - 1997-2001 (degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Johanna N.
(877) 231-8505
E. County Line Rd.,
Littleton, CO
Subjects
Music Theory, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Piano: beg - adv Voice: beg - inter I specialize in classical training for piano and voice. I prefer the Thompson series for beginners on piano. For more developed students I take their interests into consideration, so my styles and genres are more inclusive.
Education
Western State College - Music - 08-02 to 05-06 (Bachelor's degree received) Regis University - Education - 06-08 to 05-10 (Master's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Sue B.
(877) 231-8505
W Iowa Drive
Denver, CO
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Music Theory, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Bastien
Education
North Carolina School of the Arts - voice major - 1976-1980 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Rachel P.
(877) 231-8505
E. Girard Avenue
Denver, CO
Subjects
Piano, Trumpet, Cello, Bassoon, Music Performance, Violin, Drums, Tuba, Flute, Viola, Clarinet, Ukulele, Trombone, French Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Guitar
Ages Taught
5 to 20
Specialties
I teach beginner to advanced level flute as well as beginner to intermediate guitar, piano, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. I am a classically trained musician, so I know more about classic/baroque/romantic music. However, I do have experience with jazz and mainstream music.
Education
Eastern University - Music Education and Music Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Dr. Catherine Millis
908 Snowberry St.
Longmont, CO
Instruments
Piano, Violin
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Kids, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
25 Years

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Beth S.
(877) 231-8505
East Hampden Ave
Denver, CO
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
3 to 99
Specialties
music, Piano classical piano
Education
Royalton Hartland Central School - Music - 1986-1990 Metro State College of Denver - Music/Piano - beginning May 2008
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Kramer K.
(877) 231-8505
Emerson St.
Denver, CO
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Music Performance, Upright Bass, Piano, Music Theory, Bass Guitar
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
I like to use a fun, but practical approach to teaching that utilizes musical examples, auditory and visual learning, and well as conceptual ideas. I teach music theory, improvisation, as well as ideas for playing with a group. I also teach some technique, in order to facilitate progress, and to avoid injury or unnecessary physical strain. Sometimes, I use instructional books for particular lessons as well. Genres that I specialize in include, but are not limited to rock, funk, jazz, alternat…
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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Music Performance - Sept. 2005 - June 2009 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Vanessa Felhauer
818 Balsam Ln
Fort Collins, CO
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Blues, Classical, Electronic, Jazz, Kids, Rock - Alternative, World
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$38
Years of Experience
10 Years

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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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