(December 3, 2012)
Hi, I’m Larry, recently retired and living in Colorado Springs, CO. I started nearly 3 years ago with the hope that I could learn the mechanics and be able to play some simple songs.
There have been several stops and starts during that time, but I’ve had some lessons and been thru the Rubanks books and some other materials. At this point I feel stuck and have no real direction for my practice time.
I need your help Neal!
With a Vandoren V16 tip opening 9 (fairly open), I used #2.5 Vandoren V16 reeds and then switched to #2 of the same kind.
Used the #2.5 vandoren reeds on a Selmer metal 7*
Now with a metal Otto Link 7* opening, I’m using #2.5 Ricos or #2 Vandoren V16’s.
On Just the Two of Us, ‘.’ is staccato and ‘_’ is legato. If you saw a staccato marking, that’s right. But that seems pretty wrong to me.
The lyrics are “I see the cyrstal raindrops fall”
The word “I” is a little shorter than “see” but I wouldn’t say it’s half the length, which would be what the dot would mean. And it’s not an abrupt articulation, it’s smooth.
Doesn’t sound like this song swings to me, so don’t phrase like that. Try to read the rhythm accurately.
Try slowing it down.
Not sure what your music looks like, I think the music that I provided is a fairly standard way of playing it. Maybe send it to me so I can see the difference.
Something that’s more important than that is how you heavily accented the first low G. That tends to happen sometimes, but if you’re causing a certain note to be much louder, you want to keep things more the same level, unless something is supposed to be accented.
Work on those things.
Good job, the B to C especially got better. The low E to C got better,
but could still use some work, I heard a slight note in between
Sounds like you should actually work a bit just on the low range of the horn. Low E and below. Spend a little time on that.For Hey Jude, it’s getting better. Transition from A to Bb in measure 4 needs some work. Timing starts to get off after measure 5, starting with the upbeat of 4 coming in late going into measure 6.Thanks