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A new exercise

spike

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Found a new exercise yesterday and have been working on it today - It's from Marcel Mule and I found it in a reference from an interview with Eric Marienthal - I'll quote to save typing:

Q. Within your practice time, what would be your usual routine?
EM. It involved mostly the Marcel Mule etude books. Actually, at the time I would start off with a warm-up exercise that is a chromatic scale where every note comes back to the tonic (like low Bb, B, Bb, C, Bb, C#, Bb, D, etc.). Start on low Bb, do that one twice, then B natural, go all the way up then all the way back down. It takes about fifteen minutes.

I like the last sentence: "It takes about fifteen minutes." o_O
I spent a couple of hours on it and didn't even get half way - I'm Knackaraiyed.

He goes on to say:

EM: And then there’s a Jean-Marie Londeix book that’s only nine pages long. It has these four-note motifs, about fifty per page, that you repeat eight times each. They are technically challenging. That ended up being an hour warm-up. Then I would go into the three Marcel Mule books. I tell you, I almost got addicted to all these books. I didn’t do the exact same ones every day, but in a four-hour period I could do the chromatic thing, then the Londeix book and then maybe one of the other books: I’d try to make it all the way through successfully.

Ouch ! gruss - spike
 

Jamesmac

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I found the Chromatic Ex Interesting, as I do them the other way around.
ie. Bb. A. Bb. Ab. etc.:)
PS. Has a sort of water disappearing down the plug hole effect.
 

Greg Strange

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Is that the same interview where Eric says sometimes he feels like throwing his sax out the window?:w00t:

I read that particular interview and thought it happens to him as well...:rofl:

Greg S.
 

Jeanette

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EM. It involved mostly the Marcel Mule etude books. Actually, at the time I would start off with a warm-up exercise that is a chromatic scale where every note comes back to the tonic (like low Bb, B, Bb, C, Bb, C#, Bb, D, etc.). Start on low Bb, do that one twice, then B natural, go all the way up then all the way back down. It takes about fifteen minutes.

My tutor suggested that to me I did it on D maj scale tongued and slurred, it does take some concentration. :)

Jx
 

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