Pietzsch 6

This was kind of an annoying little etude, in my opinion.  But, a good workout for triple tongue.  Be careful that the occasional slurred triplet like the ones that occur on beat two of the first two measures stays a triplet and doesn’t turn into two 32’s + 8th.  ...

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Pietzsch 5

I chose to do this one as a slow double-tongue but there would also be benefit in doing it as a fast single-tongue.  I focused on relaxing the articulation to flow and try not to sound “pecky”.  About halfway down the first page there are some rhythms that begin on...

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Pietzsch 4

This one incorporates some triple tonguing.  For these moving triplets I used TTK.  That seems to get a better flow for me where TKT creates more rhythmic emphatic-ness.  Think of slightly crescendo-ing through the triplets.  This will keep the air flowing to give your tongue something to bounce off of....

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Pietzsch 2

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

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Pietzsch 1

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

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Pietzsch Etude 13

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

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Musician Etiquette

Doing a quick search for “Musician Etiquette” will bring up dozens of hits like this one.  I’ve read through a bunch of them and they all share good common sense advice.  So, I thought I might as well post a set of etiquette ideas on this site as well.  Hopefully,...

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Sight Reading

Who wants to do some sight reading!?  Who wants to do some sight reading in front of your teacher!?  How about in front of a jury committee?  Or, how about sight reading at an audition for your “dream job”? I am guessing that these ideas were not registering very high...

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Just Another Song and Dance

I had a teacher say to me a long time ago that all music, whether it is a piece, movement, section or phrase, falls in to one of two categories; it’s either a song or a dance.  What he meant by that is our interpretation is guided by a set...

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