GROWTH TIPS FOR CONCERT BAND
BAND WARMUPS – CHROMATIC LONG NOTES AND BREATHING
Breathing and lung development is everything in creating sound and a rich dark tone for both the individual wind player and the warm rich ensemble tone for a group.
Try the breathing exercises listed on the score. Use this at the start of every rehearsal.
Then try air breathing out one beat then breathing in for four beats.
Then try air breathing out one beat then breathing in for eight beats.
Then try air breathing out one beat then breathing in for twelve beats.
Get the ensemble to sing concert Bb Scale and tuning notes
“Wind And Song”
Look up the Works of Arnold Jacobs, the great Chicago Symphony Orchestra Tubist for over 40 years and Brass educator for hundreds of the worlds great wind players.
CHROMATIC LONG NOTE EXERCISES
Play the chromatic long note exercise as softly as possible to assist breath control.
After you have completed the chromatic exercise go back to the start.
Divide the starting note into three parts for each group of instruments to create a 3 note triad chord.
Then move up and down the chromatic exercise.
Clarinets, Trumpets, Tenor Sax pick either C E G notes.
Alto saxophones pick either G B D notes.
Flutes, Oboe, Trombones pick either Bb D F note.
Lower instruments should play the starting note and have the loudest volume in the mix.
Use the Pyramid of instrument Sound and Register.
Lowest Bass register instruments play 100% volume intensity.
Tenor Register instruments play 80% volume intensity.
Alto Register instruments play 60% volume intensity.
Soprano Register instruments play 40% volume intensity.
Do this a few times during each rehearsal and get the band used to the sounds.
Research and imitate the tone of the world’s greatest Wind orchestras such at The President’s, Tokyo Kosei Winds, University Winds etc.
Suitable for all level groups.
BAND ENSEMBLE GROWTH