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Grade 2 jazz+School band

This message was contributed by Angela on 17/3/06.
It was in reply to this message: Grade 2 jazz+School band
posted by Dan on 6/3/06.

Hello Dan,

It's good to hear from you again and all the best for when you get your results back! The best way to tackle any sort of tricky passage is to break the whole thing down into sections. Practise each bar individually slowly at first until you've perfected it then put two bars together,then three and so on, and before you know it, you can play the whole lot with ease. This is the easiest and quickest way to learn anything and is a technique I use myself. Just a thought though - if you're the only one playing at the beginning of the Glen Miller piece have a chat with your conductor to see if there is any scope for pulling the phrase around a bit (i.e. play it a touch slower then speed up) that way you might not get your fingers tied up in knots. Whatever happens you need to sound strong and confident!

Have a look at Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies for Cornet - that'll sort you out for finger exercises!!!!!! These exercises are really hard once you get them up to speed - if you can play these well enough you'll be Be-bopping with Dizzy in no time!

Good Luck and let us know how your exam went!
Angela

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