Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Santa Rosa 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.

Robert H.
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Visualization, transcribing music
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Colfax High School - High School Diploma - 08/1994-06/1999 (High School diploma received) SIerra College - General Education - 09/1999-06/2001 (not complete) CSU Chico - Music/Recording Arts - 08/2001-06/2004 (Bachelor's degree received)
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I begun private lessons at the age of 8 from my master teacher Dennis Harmon who is a graduate of Berkeley School of Music. At age 15, inspired by Jimmy Hendrix, I self taught myself guitar. Later within that same year I started attending vocal lessons from L.Rainkin who is recently retired as a veteran church organist and director.
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San Diego Mesa College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - Curnnetly Attending (not complete) San Francisco Community College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 2004-2006 (not complete) San Diego City College - General Studies to Transfer 4yr College - 1998-2004 (not complete)
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5 to 85
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Voice styles: Musical Theater, Jazz and Classical (art song and opera), Pop/Rock Sight-reading, theory and piano Candidate for Master Teacher in Estill Voice training: this vocal technique breaks down the voice muscles and body into 13 structures. Once you have mastered these structures, the voice is free and can be manipulated to whatever sound you want to create with an understanding of the science of the voice.
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San Diego State University - Music Education - 1997-1999 (not complete) Manhattan School of Music - Voice - 1999-2002 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Madelynn H.
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San Diego, CA
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Music Recording, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Acting, Songwriting, Singing, Guitar, Theatrical Broadway Singing
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Alexander Technique
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Berklee College of Music - Professional Music - 2006-2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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San Diego, CA
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8 to 99
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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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San Diego, CA
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5 to 99
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Classical music, all periods. Musical theatre, vocal coaching and musical directing. Improvisation on piano, all styles.
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Wheaton College Conservatory of Music - Piano Performance - 1980-1984 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Redlands - Piano Performance - 1984-1986 (Master's degree received)
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piano performance, creativity development, improvisation, jazz, ear-training, theory, songwriting/composition, world music-culture education, DIY recording techniques, multimedia (teaching simple video production methods to create music and video projects).
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California Institute of the Arts - music composition - 2001 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory of Music - jazz/music composition - 1997-2000 (Associate degree received) Berkless College of Music - piano performance - 1994 (Degree received) University of Connecticut - classical piano performance - 1995 (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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