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Jazz Sax Lessons: Finger Twisters #1: Exercise 1-10

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Okay, now we're gonna work
on my exercises called finger twisters.
Basically, when we're practicing,
we want to make sure,
as with a lot of exercises
throughout this school,
I've been talking a lot about how we put
our routines together, how we practice
is more important than what we practice,
how we're doing it is important.
And so we want to make sure that you're
always practicing with a metronome.
I've have a metronome right here.
You want to make sure that you're
changing up your articulations, so
we're gonna be doing that.
And you want to make sure that you do
exercises that are beneficial technically.
We work on technique and
we also work on music.
But when you're working on music it's all
about the songs and the interpretation,
the feeling and all those kind of
important things that make music.
When we are working on our
technique It's all about
gaining enough control of our instrument
so that we can make music more easily.
So with these finger twisters,
I wrote 50 different exercises,
and I've broken this up for
you into five different lessons.
It's five separate sections.
So each lesson has ten finger
twisters in them and what
I want you to do is just play them slowly
I want you to change the articulation.
On the PDF you have in your
lesson attached to this.
I didn't write any kind of
articulation intentionally.
Because as you're playing them,
I want you to change the articulation
from time to time to change it up.
Make sure you to remember that
once you have one technical
exercise under your fingers and down.
If you change up the articulation,
you're gonna be really surprised if
you don't already know this already,
which you probably do, how, suddenly, it
feels like an entirely different exercise.
The whole coordination
between your fingers and
your tongue is a huge part
of our technique overall.
So you vary that and suddenly you've
almost created a new exercise.
So essentially what I want you to do,
if you look at this first one,
Eric Marienthal finger twisters.
This is one through ten as it says be
sure to repeat each one four times,
so I wrote a repeat over each one,
I even numbered each one so
that if you get hung up on any of them
you know which one to refer back to.
Like with any technical exercise
I want you to play through it and
make sure you've got
things under your fingers.
And then start at a reasonable tempo.
We don't want to practice for speed.
We wanna practice for control.
And so I want you to practice
at a really medium tempo.
You can play them fast if you want to,
but just don't allow yourself to play
faster than what you can control.
And that means that you're able to
control how cleanly you can go from
one note to the next, and
how easily you can stay right in tempo.
With these exercises basically,
one through ten are in
the middle range of the horn.
11 through 20 you start
going a little higher.
21 through 30, if I remember correctly,
are higher still.
And then 31 through 40 start
coming down and 41 through 50
are mostly all low, so your dealing
with your left pinky exercise.
Those are fun [LAUGH] and hard.
So I'm gonna go ahead and
play free to play along with me.
These are just written in one key, so
if you're playing, I'm playing my alto, as
you can see, feel free to play it on tenor
and soprano if you wanna play it with me.
We're gonna be in force,
but it'll sound cool.
We'll be in harmony.
And I really do encourage you,
well for these lessons,
I encourage you to play ten at a time,
but the point is to keep them moving.
And my ultimate encouragement is for
you to play, all of them, all in a row,
1 through 50 without, without taking,
well without taking a real break.
I mean, you know, it's a finger twister.
It's gonna, you know the whole point is
to work on your finger technique, but
it's also you're playing and
you're playing consistently so
you're also working on your overall,
you know, your overall musculature so
invariably is gonna, you're gonna feel
it especially in your embouchure.
So let's play this together.
I've got my metronome set at 90.
So you'll be able to hear the metronome
here in this lesson over me but
again as you're doing it on your own,
make sure you set the metronome and
make sure you establish
a particular articulation, okay.
So for this one,
I'm just gonna legato tongue every note.
And so follow along with that articulation
with me, but then as you get more and
more into it, vary the tempo here and
there, always in control, and
vary your articulation as well.
Meaning that sometimes you want
to play them all, all staccato.
Next time you might want to
play two staccato, two long.
Next time two long, two staccato.
Maybe next time three staccato, one long.
Or three long, one staccato.
Or whatever combination you can come
up with, but keep it consistent.
You wouldn't have to do all ten in
the same articulation necessarily, but
again the variation is the important part.
So here we go.
These are the finger
twisters 1 through 10 and
I'm playing them with my metronome at 90.