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Challenge #5

OK then – this week’s challenge is a lot more tuneful then the technical exercises of the last 2 weeks, but it does pull together some of the skills that you have (hopefully) been developing. As usual, watch the video (apologies for the mistakes), print off the music and give it a go.

On another point, I am looking for ways in which we can deliver instrumental tuition to some if not all students in September whilst keeping both staff and students as safe as possible – obviously, there can be no rehearsals of any type under current restrictions, which is such a shame considering how well all the groups had been developing.

Anyway – enjoy playing!

Challenge #4

Hello everyone – Happy July (although you’d never think it looking out of the window!). Hope you all enjoyed practising Mixed Intervals and that there weren’t too may outbreaks of anger and frustration.

So – Challenge #4 is here, and it’s getting a little trickier: still looking at intervals and dexterity but now also looking at clean articulation whilst moving around your instrument/voice. These exercises can be done on all instruments/voice – if you’re a bass clef instrument simply take off 3 sharps/add 3 flats to the key signature and read as if in bass clef. Watch the video and then practise throughout the week…. ENJOY!

A Happy Memory

Hello all – I was just going through the school video library and found this; John Williams’ ‘Olympic Fanfare’ that we recorded back in October after a couple of rehearsals (I guess you can spot that from the odd note going astray and the fact that it’s on the slow side. We were going to open our concert with the Marines in March with this, and it was sounding amazing on March 9th – no wrong notes and fast!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy it – feel free to share…

Challenge #3 – mixed intervals

Now then my young paduans, the next UVHS Music Challenge is here (I know … you’ve been waiting for this all day/week/month/year/lifetime – delete as appropriate). This one is a brilliant technique challenge for everyone apart from pianists (sorry guys!). See the video below – without counting all my fluffs – and then print off the attached sheet music and see how you go.

The Great UVHS Music Challenge!

Well … it’s not such a great challenge, but in an attempt to make sure everyone is playing (following the end of the ‘Clap For The NHS’ run of performances), I am going to post a challenge every Friday for members of all the ensembles to try and complete – and also improve some part of their playing.

This week’s challenge is more aimed at wind players and singers, and is to do with breathing and air control, but string players, keyboard players could adapt it to focus on speed and accuracy. So … watch the video and see how you do (the video will only play via Office 365 and/or TEAMS).