Question: Can someone help me form a good practice routine?
Lately I’ve been practicing a lot, but my practice “routine” changes every time.
I think most of the reasons I don’t practice is because I just don’t know what/how to practice!! I think if I knew what I was doing, then I’d feel more comfortable with it and enjoy it more.
I want a practice routine because I want to get into Wind Ensemble, and advanced band class in school that mostly Juniors & Seniors are in. Auditions for that class are in May when we have our one-on-one testing with our band teacher, and that determines whether or not we get into the class next year. I would REALLY like to get into the class!! I did at one point ask my teacher what we needed to know to get into Wind Ensemble, but have forgotten what it was, but I think it was Full Range scales and chromatics, and something else I can’t remember.
Can someone please help me form a practice routine?
Here’s some info:
• I’ve recently gotten an intermediate (wooden!) clarinet & new mouthpiece on Thursday.
• I want to sight read better, but I don’t know what to sight read/where to get music to sight read.
• I have the book “Foundations for Superior Performance”
• I’ve been playing since 5th grade.
• I don’t have a private teacher, but I’m looking to get one soon.
• I want to learn all my chromatics & scales and hopefully memorize them.
• I want to play up to a G two octaves above the staff AND sound good.
• I don’t know how long to practice.
• I will be taking Music Theory next year.
Thanks in advance! Ask if you need any more information!
Answer by Hahah Hahhaa
You’ll need to know every clef. Treble, bass, tenor and alto. You need to have all scales two octaves, and a three octave one most likely. Id say c, that’s easiest for orchestra.
Practice about an hour or two a day. Sart with scales. Try about three a day and really perfecting them. You also should have a music book that has some short two or three lined excerpts. You should play one or two of those a day. Like sit three minutes thinking about it and trying it. Then practice your solo. I’d say a Suzuki book 4 would be about good for you. And if you don’t know all your scales, here I’ll write their sharps and flats.
a- f, c, g#
b- f, c, g, d, a#
b flat- b and e flat
c- all natural notes
d flat- b, e, a, d, e flats
d- c and f #
e flat- b, e, a flats
e- f, c, g, d#
f- b flat
g flat- b, e, a, d, c, f, g flats