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

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[MUSIC]
>> Okay,
this is the third part of my
top secret warmed 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 everyday it's a,
you know, kudos to you.
That's great.
So, you know, in general when we practice
too, we want to consolidate our routines.
That's why I 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 for you.
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 twenties, 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 would encourage
them to practice and
realize that they would get up at 6:00
O'clock in the morning, get ready for
school, go to school,
come back from school,
invariably have sports that they
are both involved with come back and
do homework, get some food,
and go back to their homework.
And suddenly it was
10:00 O'clock at night.
And they'd been going
since 6:00 that morning.
When in that day did they have
the opportunity to practice their music,
you know, I can tell you that they didn't.
But they got it in anyway.
So you want to 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 then what we practice.
How we practice is more
important than what we practice.
One of the ways that we should, one of the
how's in how we put our routines together
is consolidation, making sure you've got
a routine that's gonna be beneficial and
that's consolidated so 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 a metronome and
incorporate varying articulations.
So you've got the benefit of learning,
in this case, 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.
Okay?
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.
So 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
until you know.
And I started this one in the key of C,
and
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 warmed ups.
Okay, so here we go.
We're gonna be playing
these exercises right now.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So I bet when you read on my lesson about
the top secret warm up routine,
you thought you would be done in five or
ten minutes.
Well, obviously that wasn't true at all.
[LAUGH] That is a serious warm up routine,
but practicing is about that.
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 wrong 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 Violi,
he was a great teacher.
In fact a lot of the things I'm talking
about today, I learned from Joe.
And one thing that I learned from
him is that there's 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 just watching the clock and
playing and, 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 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 warmed up today.
In the way you're going to
warm up now everyday, right?
In every aspect of your practice,
if you hit it, if you consolidate it,
if you 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.
It'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 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.
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