Reminders for this week:
Warm up using long tones, and aim to make a clear, steady, beautiful tone. Use the exercises in our book, along with the link and code to access the online Practice Studio to practice rhythms and improvization.
Listen to each listening link a couple of times, and write in pencil on your music which instrument(s) are playing the tune over the applicable measures. When practicing, use this information to help you to decide on the dynamic level you will play in each section of the piece, as well as which measures to focus on in your practicing. Measures where your instrument is featured should be included, but don’t feel you have to learn it perfectly within a few days. Break down the “solo/feature” into manageable bites, and work on a small section each week.
Pieces and Listening Links:
NEW TO US:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQmz1ZkLcrg (Caravan – trombone solo from movie Whiplash)
High school band – incredible (long) drum solo:
Feeling Good (from The Roar of the Greasepaint -The Smell of the Crowd ) L. Bricusse, A. Newley, arr. Stitzel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTduOkOpC4M
All My LovingJ. Lennon, P. McCartney, arr. Stitzel (see the band leader score as you listen!)
CONTINUING WORK ON:
Round Midnight (Cootie Williams and Thelonius Monk arr Smukal) *tenor sax solo
BACK FROM JANUARY 2018:
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing) https://www.halleonard.com/viewaudio.action?itemId=7470508&fileName=https://s3.amazonaws.com/halleonard-audio/07470508.mp3
KEEP THESE IN OUR REPERTOIRE FROM FALL 2018:
So What (Miles Davis arr Sweeney) https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2470822
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Thomas “Fats” Waller arr Ford) (piano solo)
Moondance (Van Morrison arr Lopez) https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=2701897
Stay Cool (Vince Gassi)
Into the Sun (Sorenson) last piece (Latin – reggae) – Standards of Excellence for Jazz (Pearson and Sorenson) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nue-pMTg20
Dates to Remember:
Clinics: January 28, February 11, and Neil Yorke-Slader on March
Concert : Sunday, April 14 (afternoon)
Possibly community concert? Monday, April 1 (any suggestions? – senior’s home, daytime concert at school, local restaurant)
Enjoy your practicing! Apologies for the late posting of this note. I fell ill on Thursday, and am starting to regain my energy and voice.