Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Syracuse NY

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.

Craig C.
(877) 231-8505
Frankel Rd
Massapequa, NY
Subjects
Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Recording, Piano, Opera Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I am most proficient in piano of all styles as that is what my degree is in, but I have extensive experience in musical theater voice coaching and teaching as well. I can also teach classical voice, euphonium, and musical theory. I am comfortable with all ages and levels.
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Westminster Choir College - Piano - 9/2006-5/2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Gregory H.
(877) 231-8505
Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY
Subjects
Piano, Music Theory, Music Performance, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.
Education
Georgia State University - Jazz Studies, Trumpet - 8/05-5/09 (Bachelor's degree received) City University of New York, Queens College - Jazz Trumpet Performance - 8/10-present (not complete)
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Doran D.
(877) 231-8505
St Marks Pl
Brooklyn, NY
Subjects
Music Recording, Piano, Music Theory, Singing, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
3 to 99
Specialties
Piano Pedagogy: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Modern, etc, Music Theory Music History: All Levels (High School - Masters degree) Basic Musicianship: Ear-Training, Rhythmic Training, Harmonic, Melodic Theory Composition: Classical, Contemporary, Jazz composition, arrangement, notation
Education
New York University - Music Composition, Music Theory - Sept. 2007 - May 2009 (Master's degree received) Columbia Univeristy - Music Composition, Music Theory - Sept. 2006 - May 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) Kenyon College - Music Theory, Piano Performance, English - Sept. 1999- May 2003 (Bachelor's degree received) Harvard-Westlake School - - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received)
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Isaac J.
(877) 231-8505
East 87th Street
New York, NY
Subjects
Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic new orleans to the most contemporary styles. I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician. I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always f…
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New York University - Jazz Performance - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Nina R.
(877) 231-8505
W 157th
New York, NY
Subjects
Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing
Ages Taught
6 to 85
Specialties
I specialize in classical voice, Broadway, and pop singing. I can do any style because I focus on healthy technique. My main singing is classical, but I also sing different styles. For piano, I teach beginners piano.
Education
Interlochen Arts Academy - voice major/piano minor - 1999-2001 (High School diploma received) Manhattan School of Music - voice - 2001-2005 (Bachelor's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - voice - 2005-2007 (Master's degree received)
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Adam C.
(877) 231-8505
E. 40th St
New York, NY
Subjects
Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Music Performance
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I specialize in a diverse variety of styles on the acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and piano, and am particularly skilled at communicating and applying theoretical and musical knowledge in a simplified manner. I am particularly capable in rock guitar, and have performed regularly in a rock band over the last 10 years as well as the University of Rochester's popular music performance group No Jackets Required, where I served as the group's president. I also specialize in classical guitar, …
Education
University of Rochester - Music & Psychology - Fall, 2006-Spring, 2010 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Arianna B.
(877) 231-8505
Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY
Subjects
Music Recording, Drums, Piano, Percussion
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Beginning-Intermediate classical and jazz piano. West African percussion (djembe, djun djun, shakere, claves, etc) Latin Percussin (congas, bongos, guiro, etc), and kit drums (jazz/funk/rock)
Education
Sarah Lawrence College - Jazz Piano/Percussion - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Cal S.
(877) 231-8505
Beverley Rd.
Brooklyn, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Bass Guitar, Songwriting, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Guitar, Bass, Piano, Songwriting, Performance, Music Theory, Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Classical, Folk
Education
The New School - Liberal Arts/Music - Jan 2010-present (not complete)
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Silvana C.
(877) 231-8505
W92nd st.
New York, NY
Subjects
Piano, Opera Voice, Singing
Ages Taught
5 to 50
Specialties
As a professional musician, I have worked with 7 voice teachers and 7 piano teachers. I have developed my own understanding how to work with students in many different levels through my career. My piano students can develop discipline, respect, patience, and appreciation through our piano lessons. I strongly believe this is what education about. Singing is very physical, and many techniques can be explained by how our bodies react through singing. I emphasis on more practical work. If my voic…
Education
Manhattan School of Music - Vocal performance(Classical) - 1997 (Master's degree received) University of the Pacific - Vocal performance(Classical) - 1995 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Laurie K.
(877) 231-8505
Pulaski Rd
Greenlawn, NY
Subjects
Violin, Piano
Ages Taught
6 to 55
Specialties
I teach a basic reading of notes and the chord method also.
Education
Lawrence HS - 1974 (High School diploma received) Shorter College - Piano Performance - 1974-79 (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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