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Playing Tips

  • Use Your Elbows

    Josh Harris | October 22, 2006“Make sure that your trombone players are moving their slides properly by using their elbow, not their wrist. Using the elbow will improve the accuracy of each position, especially in more technical passages, and will therefore help to improve intonation and note accuracy.” John Vukmanich Virginia Secondary School Virginia, Minn. Read More...
  • Tape Your Flute

    Josh Harris | October 22, 2006“To avoid some confusion for beginning flute players’ finger position, I put a small piece of masking tape on the first and third button of the left hand portion of the flute. The tape is removed after a week or so when the players can find the natural finger position.” Terry Speed Westridge Middle School […] Read More...
  • Flute Fun

    Josh Harris | November 1, 2003Masterfoods USA proudly presents: “We play a game with our flute section to help them be aware of their instrument positioning and maintain proper angle. Students put a pencil in their flute, at the end opposite the mouthpiece. They must keep the pencil from falling out when playing during rehearsal.” Harold Walt Quincy Junior High […] Read More...
  • Long Tones and Dynamic Phrasing

    Josh Harris | January 1, 2002Here’s the tip from this month’s winner, David Hale, Centennial High School, Franklin, Tenn.: “Approach long tones with a specific goal in dynamic phrasing. Most long tones should actively keep the phrase alive by getting louder or softer. For younger students, this attention to phrase endings improves breath support. This type of dynamic shading may […] Read More...
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