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Tone Four step tone production exercise

jbtsax

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One of the exercises I used to use with my students was very simple, but contained some important concepts. The four step tone production exercise went as follows:

1. Listen to the note

2. Hum the note

3. Blow the note on the air stream (air whistle)

4. Play the note on the instrument

The first part is directed listening. The second part checks to see if the tone has been memorized. The third part helps to shape the oral cavity and develop the proper air speed. If the first three have been done correctly, then playing the note on the instrument tends to have a well centered tone.

This exercise works especially well on flute. For the brasses #3 becomes buzz the note on the mouthpiece.
 

Zootsax

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I agree. Fantastic way to drive home the point that the person comes first, along with the ear, then the instrument. That concept is so obvious for singers and classical string players, but for some reason lost on instruments like saxophone and clarinet. Two thumbs way up!
 
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