NS Alto

Practice Journal: January 25, 2021

I started using a practice guide designed by Dr. Wally Wallace recently. Wallace takes a “practice less (material), but more focused” approach. He’s designed a practice guide and a monthly practice guide, focusing on tone and control. His videos are concise and witty. What more can one ask?

Today

I practiced much of the January guide this am. Spent about an hour.

In the overtone section, all came OK except for the 2nd overtone of low B when coming from low C. Coming from low C#, it pops out fine. So, will continue. Probably a voicing issue.

In the melodic section (“Scarboro Fair”), I’m able to get through the first 4 staves. Beyond that, my embouchure weakens. So, will continue to work on breath and long tones and continue to work on this exercise.

Horn

The new alto is fantastic. I’m happy that I purchased a better quality (Kessler Handmade Nickel Silver). It just feels better in the hands.

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