Mini Studies G major

Try the outline of this one first, then add the details. The D-E-D needs to be neatly fingered every time, have a good full tone (no ghosty notes), yet also be the accompaniment part.

Mini Study G maj 01

Tongueing is often used to cover up poor aim. Each of those T’s can be used to kick each note into life, but this doesn’t make a good experience for the listener (who only wants to hear expressive music).

Diaphragm work first and foremost. We want to hear beautiful bell-like tones rather than a series of T’s. So, try it without tonguing first. You may well need a quick session on the Pneumo-Pro to remind you about what should be happening in middle octave tone production.

Mini Study G maj 02

A bit of both. Flowed notes bursting into separates (I dread to use the word ‘staccato’ as it seems to invoke a bar of T’s rather than tones). Diaphragm energy used for both styles: the legato bars need to surge forward rather than just be joined notes. It might only be four bars, but let’s make music that turns people’s heads.

Mini Study G maj 03