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Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
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Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
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One Note At A Time

486221645_640The starting point for a piano player is unfettered access to all notes over a seven-octave range. As Bach famously said, all one has to do is hit the keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. Brass players spend their entire lives in pursuit of this unattainable ideal: the ability to play any note at any time. Mundane exercises such as long tones are a daily requirement as we strive to regain—dare we even hope to improve—yesterday’s ability to produce sound on the instrument. This, before we even consider the task of organizing sound into musical form.

Since the operational aspects are so easy—a cat can play the piano—we expect pianists to play multiple notes. Although certain brass players have developed tricks to produce two and even three notes simultaneously (try humming one pitch while playing another), generally we are only required to play one at a time. This forms the pedagogical basis for an approach to practicing and performing: play one note at a time and play every note to the best of your ability.

When practicing, follow three simple rules:

  • Practice slowly.
  • Listen critically.
  • Stop and fix.

Practicing slowly produces rapid progress, assuming you hold yourself to a higher standard. Pay attention to every aspect of your notes: the attack, tone, dynamics, intonation and rhythmic placement. When you play a note that could be improved (that won’t take long), stop and work on it, in the context of the line. Progress consists of incremental improvement.

When performing, don’t be distracted by the notes you’ve already played or the ones yet to come. Focus entirely on the note you are playing now. Like dominoes, careful placement of each one produces the desired end result.

Perfection is not the goal, nor is it achievable. Flaws are inevitable. But don’t let flawed performance be the result of mediocre effort or inattention to detail.

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