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Jazz Sax Lessons: Eric's Secret Warm Up: 2 Key Scale Exercise (Alto Saxophone)

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Okay, this is the third part of
my top secret warm-up exercise.
If you've done the first two,
you probably feel warmed up.
You may feel worn out at this point.
So you may have figured out that
really the top secret part of
this warm-up exercise is that it's
not really a warm-up exercise.
That's the secret.
The secret is that it's a rather
complete practice routine in itself.
This is quite a lot.
If you've done all these exercises along
with me at the tempos that we've been
playing, you're beyond warmed up.
You are improving, you have improved,
and if you do this,
if you're able to do this every day,
you know, kudos to you, that's great.
So in general when we practice too,
we wanna consolidate our routines.
That's why I'm hoping that
you're playing along with me or
if you're not,
if you're playing it on your own,
I hope you're playing it in
the same consistent sort of way.
If you're able to consolidate
your routine as much as you can, meaning
that you're just not taking breaks.
You've got a long routine planned and
that you stick with it and
continue to play and
only take breaks when you need to.
It's gonna provide a far
greater amount of benefit.
I always talk to students about
the fact that people are busy,
people are very busy.
I'm busy, you're busy.
I have two great kids.
They're not kids anymore,
they're both in their 20s.
But I remember when they
were kids in school and
they both were involved in music.
My daughter was a musical theater
student and my son plays guitar.
And is quite the singer, songwriter too.
Anyway, I, you know,
would encourage them to practice.
And, you know, realized that they would
get up at 6 o'clock in the morning,
get ready for school, go to school,
come back from school,
invariably have, you know,
sports that they were both involved with.
Come back and do homework, get some food,
and go back to their homework, and
suddenly, it was 10 o'clock at night.
And they've been going
since 6 that morning.
When in that day did they have
the opportunity to practice their music?
I can tell you that they didn't,
but they got it in away.
So you wanna have
as concise a routine as you can
that's still going to be beneficial.
And so again going back to my motto that
how we practice is more
important than what we practice.
How we practice is more
important than what we practice.
One of the ways that you should,
one of the hows,
in the way we put our routines
together is consolidation.
Making sure you've got a routine
that's gonna be beneficial and
that's consolidated so that you're
getting the most bang for your buck,
the most bang for your time.
And also, as we've done before,
which we're going to do now with
this third warm up exercise,
is incorporate our metronome, and
incorporate varying articulations.
So you've got the benefit of learning,
in this case, the scales.
You're playing in time so you're
controlling the timing of your fingers and
the coordination between your fingers and
your articulation.
Everything else that happens
with the metronome and
you're varying the way you're
playing these exercises as far as
the articulations are concerned so
be aware of that.
Be aware of the fact
that you're doing great,
you're really getting a lot out
of the time you're spending.
So cool.
This third one is my two scale exercise.
I said my two scale exercise, I do it,
therefore I've taken ownership but
it's been around a whole
lot longer than I have.
So you can see it.
We'll be playing it together, but
basically it's an exercise that
morphs one key into the next
key up chromatically.
And I've started this one in the key
of C and for that first exercise
goes from C to C sharp and
then to number two,
I've numbered each one by key so
you can see that there are 12
since there are 12 keys.
So very good, this is a little bit more
concise than the chromatic exercise,
thankfully, but it's great cuz it's
beneficial in that it's incorporating
major scales, it's incorporating every
major scale, and it actually is a cool
sounding exercise as well, kind of
a nice way to round up our warm-ups.
Okay, so here we go.
We're gonna be playing
these exercises right now.
So I bet when you read on my
lesson about the top
secret warm up routine,
you thought you'd be done in five or
ten minutes,
well obviously that wasn't true at all.
[LAUGH] That is a serious warm up routine
but, you know, practicing is about that.
You know, there's no magic pill that was
more than just warming up obviously.
That was, if you do all three of those
things, if you do the long tones and
the chromatic exercise and
then this two scale routine,
you've practiced,
you've done yourself a great service.
So, I learned to practice
when I went to college.
I studied with the great Joe Viola,
he was a great teacher, in fact a lot
of the things I'm talking about
today I learned from Joe, and you
know one thing that I learned from
him is that there is no shortcuts.
There's no magic pill, it's about putting
in your hours, it's about putting in your
time, it's about putting in your time
smart though, not doing it not just
watching the clock and playing, or playing
while you're watching TV or whatever.
But it's doing it in this consistent sort
of way where you're using a metronome,
where you're changing up your
articulations, where you're using material
that is going to be beneficial
to you on a multitude of levels.
So keep this kind of
approach how you practice.
How you practice is more
important than what you practice.
So keep the same approach in
the way we've warmed up today
in the way you're going to warm up now,
every day.
In every aspect of your practice.
If you hit it, if you consolidate it,
if could take as few breaks as possible,
if you practice with your metronome, and
you change up your articulations and
just go from the beginning
of an exercise to the end,
taking breaks when you need to,
of course, but only when you need to.
And jump right back in as soon as you can,
that is going to be, that's going to turn
a half hour of available practice time for
you into two hours of benefit,
that's going to turn two hours of benefit
for you into four hours or more if you're
just, if you're just practicing
things randomly or unstructured.
So, I hope you enjoyed this routine.
If you have any questions about it,
please ask me on the forum or
send me a video, of course.
That's the whole point.
I'd love that actually if
you would send me a video of
you playing these exercises, so I can kind
of see how you're doing with your time,
with your endurance, and
with your tone throughout the whole thing.
And we'll be corresponding, all right.
Thanks so much,
we'll see you on the next one.