Ten Minute Technique - Warming Up Under the Gun Yakima WA

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.

Charles Hiestand
1136 N 115th Apt A202
Seattle, WA
Instruments
Composition, Electric Bass, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Jazz
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
32 Years

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Sophia P.
(877) 231-8505
N 80th St.
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Music Performance, Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I use a combination of method books, including Alfred's Piano Library, Edna Mae Burnam's technique books, various duet books, and supplement the method book learning with sheet music and other fun pieces from other books. I mainly teach kids so I usually teach styles that kids are into, which includes a combination of classical works, pop music, movie themes, and some jazz and rock music.
Education
Harvard University - social sciences and psychology - 2007-present (not complete) Washington State University - Piano Performance and Pedagogy - 1999-2003 (not complete)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Brett R.
(877) 231-8505
Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion
Ages Taught
4 to 99
Specialties
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
Education
U. of Puget Sound - B.S. Mathematics - 1991-1996 (degree received) Shoreline Comm. College - A.A.A.S. Audio Engineering/Music - 1999-2002 (degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Jolinda C.
(877) 231-8505
196th St SW
Edmonds, WA
Subjects
Piano
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
Faber and Faber, Celebration Series, Music for Little Mozarts, Alfred
Education
Seattle Pacific University - Communication - 1989-1993 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Elizabeth Sanders
1704 S 2nd Street
Mount Vernon, WA
Instruments
Piano
Styles
Classical
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
2 Years

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Michelle Young
5200 175th St SW
Edmonds, WA
Instruments
Ear Training, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Kids
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$50
Years of Experience
8 Years

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Benjamin Gessel
19321 36th Ave W #44
Lynnwood, WA
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Composition, Ear Training, Horn, Piano, Theory
Styles
Classical, Other
Experience Levels
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$30
Years of Experience
3 Years

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Paul W.
(877) 231-8505
7th Street SW
Puyallup, WA
Subjects
Opera Voice, Music Theory, Speaking Voice, Piano, Acting, Theatrical Broadway Singing, Singing, Music Performance, Violin
Ages Taught
12 to 99
Specialties
My primary instrument is voice and I specialize in classical voice, including opera.
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Central Washington University - Music - 2004-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Karen Hesterly Piano Studio
Bremerton, WA
 
Ben G.
(877) 231-8505
Harbour Pointe Blvd.
Mukilteo, WA
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Music Theory, French Horn, Piano, Music Performance, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
No specific methods in particular, and I tend to teach more in the classical genres, with some pop/film music thrown in for variety (from time to time). I prefer using the Bastian, Alfred, and/or John Thompson piano methods, and Pottag-Hovey, Maxime-Alphonse, etc. for French Horn.
Education
Central Washington University - Bachelor of Arts in Music - Spring 2003-Fall 2007 (Bachelor's degree received) George R. Curtis Senior High School - High School Diploma - 1993-1996 (High School diploma 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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