MICHAEL’S MUSIC ASSIGNMENTS

JAZZ PREPARATION

  • ANALYZING CHORD CHANGES
      • How High the Moon (8/8 & 8/15)
      • Just Friends (8/15, 8/22)
      • Blue Bossa (8/22)
      • A Train
      • Days of Wine & Roses > PDF
  • AHS Summer Assignment
      • (8/1) – Mean To Me (Jackie McLean) | YouTube | PDF
      • Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon “The Meeting” (F Blues) | YouTube | Write out the solo

AHS AUDITION PREP 2023

  • 1. Prepare the Wind Ensemble Honors Requirements.
      • CLASSICAL SAXOPHONE SOLO > Glazounov > PDF
      • HONOR BAND SCALES (Eb/C melodic & B/G# melodic & Chromatic) > LINK
  • 2. From memory, play the melody to “Days of Wine & Roses” and Improvise 1-2 choruses over the chord changes > PDF
  • 3. Prepare at least 1 unaccompanied chorus of a Transcription by someone on your instrument. 
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  • 4. Improvise over 1-2 choruses of a Bb Blues (no melody)

 



  • SAXOPHONE:
      • MELODIOUS & PROGRESSIVE STUDIES > C Major (66-80bpm) & A Minor > use a metronome (01-24-2022)
      • KLOSE #17
      • PRACTICAL STUDIES #39, 40 | PDF
      • PRACTICAL STUDIES #29-31 | PDF
  • CLARINET:
      • KLOSE #13
      • KLOSE #4 > PDF
      • KLOSE #16 > PDF
  • ADVANCED ETUDES
      • GIAMPIERI #1 > PDF
      • GIAMPIERI #3 > PDF

  • SAXOPHONE:  ALL MINOR SCALES | PDF

    • May 10 > Melodic Minor
    • May 17 > Natural Minor
    • May 24 > Harmonic Minor > FULL RANGE

SAXOPHONE ASSIGNMENTS 

SELECTED STUDIES
Page 13/14

CLASSICAL CLARINET SOLO
Concertino (G. Tartini) | PDF
I. Grave | Tempo, 8th note = 60 (or 63) | YouTube
II. Allegro Molto | Tempo + ______ | YouTube

AHS JAZZ A – WORK ON Bb or F Blues
Val’s Blues > Cannonball Adderley | PDF | YouTube | Tempo = 112 or faster

AHS JAZZ TRANSCRIBING
Jackie McLean (Bb Blues) – 7:24 “Filidé” |
Solo Image | Solo cued up| 2nd chorus cued up

JAZZ TRANSCRIPTIONS:
Jackie McLean’s “Not So Strange BluesAlto Solo Image | * class assignment (9/10/19)
Art Pepper’s Blue Bossa”  | Solo Image (8th/9th grade)


CLARINET STUDIES

  • CLARINET:  ALL MINOR SCALES | LINK
  • 2/1/2020 – Melodic Minor
  • 1/18/2020 – Natural Minors | 1 octave
  • 1/18/2020 – Harmonic Minors | 1 octave

  • CLARINET > Major/ Natural Minor Scales in the “Circle of 5th” pattern.
  • START on any Major Scale.
  • Play that scale up and back.
  • Walk down four-1/2 steps to find your relative minor.
  • Or the 6th note of the major scale.
  • THEN walk down two-1/2 steps (a whole step) to find your NEXT MAJOR SCALE.
  • Keep practicing this and it will come to you without not much thought – and you will “hear it”.

CLARINET CHROMATIC SCALE / FULL RANGE as shown below
Warm up with 6 note slur up and back a few times:  Bb1 to D#1 (loop)
Start with 3 note slurs. Then 6 note slurs, then 12
CLARINET > Fingering chart – click here

12 MAJOR SCALES / FULL RANGE

  • Follow the  Circle of Fifths
  • Repeat the more difficult ones a few times in a row to acquire “muscle memory”
  • Try to wean yourself off of scale sheets and the circle of fifths and play from MEMORY
  • Challenge: Play your scales, full range, starting on low Bb and go up in 1/2 steps.

  • CLARINET / KLOSE / 25 DAILY STUDIES
      • Exercises:  #4, 11, 12 & 16
  • CLARINET / PRACTICAL STUDIES
      • Page 9 | #16, 17
      • Page 10 | #18-20
  • CLARINET / PARES SCALES
      • Exercises: #1 to 11 / “Key of C Major”

  • CLARINET / CHROMATIC SCALE
      • Fingering chart – click here
      • 3 note slurs / 6 note slurs / 12 note slurs

  • CLARINET / 12 MAJOR SCALES | click here
      • 6/17/20 – Page 1 – C to Db / Page 2 – G to A

  • CLARINET ETUDES > BAERMANN | PDF
      • December 21, 2020
      • Page 32/33: #11 > 8th = 100-108 // #12 > chords