Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Worcester MA

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.

Jean B.
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Worcester, MA
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Piano
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5 to 99
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Pop, Classical, Alfred, Thompson, Fletcher
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Bradford College - Creative Arts - 1979-1983 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Phoenix - E Commerce - 2003-2005 (Master's degree received)
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Jean B.
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Worcester, MA
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Piano
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5 to 99
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Pop, Classical, Alfred, Thompson, Fletcher
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Bradford College - Creative Arts - 1979-1983 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Phoenix - E Commerce - 2003-2005 (Master's degree received)
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Jean B.
(877) 231-8505
Main St
Worcester, MA
Subjects
Piano
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5 to 99
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Pop, Classical, Alfred, Thompson, Fletcher
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Bradford College - Creative Arts - 1979-1983 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Phoenix - E Commerce - 2003-2005 (Master's degree received)
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Wilmington, MA
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Trombone, Piano, Music Theory
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5 to 18
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I specialize in a classical style for brass instruments and the piano.
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Eastman School of Music - Trombone Performance and Music Education - 9/98-12/02 (Bachelor's degree received) Boston University, College of Fine Arts - Trombone Performance - 9/03-5/05 (Master's degree received)
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Park Vale Ave,
Allston, MA
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Cello, Piano
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music, Cello, Piano
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Stella Matutina Girls' High school in Taiwan - - -1999 Taipei National University of the Arts - Music - -2003 Peabody of Johns Hopkins University - Music - -2005 Boston University - Music - current
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Kathleen N.
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Worcester, MA
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Trombone, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory, French Horn, Music Performance, Piano, Trumpet
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5 to 99
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A Performers Path To Sound And Healing Composers throughout time have sought for and attempted ascension upon Sound’s invisible wings. For me this sacred connection was remembered at the age of 5 on a Christmas morning when a toy trumpet sat calling to me from under the tree. I remember the tears of joy and recognition welling up from some deep and sacred place inside of me. Now, it is comical and precious to consider my parents’ bewilderment at this unexpected response to a plastic trumpet i…
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Milford, MA
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Music Performance, Piano, Music Theory, Organ
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I teach beginning piano students using the Schaum Piano Method Books. The primary genre of music that I teach is classical.
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Milford High School - - 2000-2004 (not complete) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Organ Performance - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Massachusetts, Lowell - Music Education - 2009-present (not complete)
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West Newton, MA
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Piano, Music Theory, Singing, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
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Private, Group, Classroom, Musical Theatre, Classical, Pop, Opera
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Longy School of Music - Opera Performance - 2006-present (Master's degree received) University of Maine - Music Education - Voice - 1999-2004 (Bachelor's degree received) Edward Little High School - H.S. Diploma - 1995-1999 (High School diploma received)
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Murdock St
Brighton, MA
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Music Performance, Piano, Songwriting, Singing, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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For voice, I specialize in classical, jazz and rock/pop. For piano, classical, jazz and rock. I am always bringing in new, interesting genres to teach.
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Warren st
Brighton, MA
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Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Music Theory, Guitar, Music Performance
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1 to 99
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Sax: beg to adv Piano and Guitar: beg Improvisation Saxophone is my primary instrument and I can teach all levels of saxophone playing. I also play and can teach Beginner Clarinet, Flute, Guitar and Piano. I have years of experience both in the theoretical studies and performance of Jazz, Classical and Rock music, as well as other styles such as Latin Jazz, Funk and Experimental Composed and Improvised music.
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University of Vermont - Music - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received) New England Conservatory - Music - 2010- (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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