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Andante in A Major

  • Work to make your transitions from Middle C# to D as smooth as
    possible! Be sure you are supporting from the bottom of your lungs and engaging your core muscles.
  • Explore Alternate Fingerings! Alternate C# (Left Hand Ring Finger + Octave Key) can help smooth the transition across the break. The Eb palm key (or D palm key on tenor/bari) is a good option for the grace notes in m4. Alternate F# will work nicely in m6, as well as for the trill in m7.
  • Don’t clip the dotted eighth note in measure 8 – it’s going to feel long at this tempo!
  • Practice with a metronome – just because it is a lyrical etude does not mean we can ignore rhythm!

Allegretto in C# Minor

  • Practice slowly and with a metronome! Start by using an eighth note pulse, not the dotted quarter.
  • Work on the transition between measure 16 and 17. It is easy to play the two sections at very different tempos if you aren’t careful!
  • Learn measures 16-20 without trills or grace notes to start! Only add them in when you are confident you are playing accurate rhythms.
  • Be musical! There aren’t a lot of dynamics or other markings in this etude. Shape within the give dynamics, and always think about where the phrase is moving.

Recording Tips

  • Record yourself frequently while you practice! It is always beneficial to know what you actually sound like.
  • If possible, have someone else be the ‘producer’ during your recording so you can focus on performing. Make sure you get a full take early on before you are too tired.
  • Try to set up the microphone about 5 feet away, at a 45-degree angle from where you are playing (not right in front of you). Aim the microphone at the G# key on your horn.

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