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How to divide practice time

How do I divide my practice time? Program No. 1

Let’s say you are going to practice for one hour….

1st five minutes do long tones… listen to your tone!


2nd 10 minutes of scales, thirds etc.  You should concentrate on one scale a day.

3rd 15 minutes on music you need to learn for a project. Concert Band, Solo etc.

4th 15 minutes Learning something new

5th 15 minutes playing something you have fun with….

You Can always set the amount of time you spend on any one thing yourself this is just a guideline.

*There is never a need to practice fast only correctly!  Every time you miss a note it takes a lot of times playing a passage right to get the mistake out of our mind and fingers.

*Keep in mind it is very important to listen to everything that come out of your instrument.

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Long Tones

Why do we need to play long tones?
Why do we play them in the lower register of the instrument?

Long tone help us do several things:

Set the embouchure for the day.  If we start playing in the upper register we then to get tight and it is hard to relax after setting a tight embouchure.

Playing the long tones in the lower register helps us to set the embouchure better and play with a more relaxed embouchure.

Playing the long tones helps is to fill the instrument with the right amount of air.  After we are a wind instrument.

When we play the long tones we can listen to the tone color (sound) of each note and learn to match the tone color form note to note.  A completely balanced tone color is very important.

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Instrument Donations

We have had some very nice instruments donated to the foundation.

Here is a short list:

Soprano Saxophones
P. Mauriat B-flat Soprano Saxophone with 2 neck
Kenny G B-flat Soprano Saxophone

Alto Saxophones
YAMAHA Model YAS-52 Lacquered Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophones
Rheuben Allen Professional Tenor Sax

Baritone Saxophones
Rheuben Allen Lacquered Low A Baritone Saxophone

Flutes
Gemeinhardt Alto Flute






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Welcome to the Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation website

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Welcome to the Rheuben Allen Music Education Foundation website.  What we do at RAEF is help young people get musical instruments at no cost to them, their parents/Guardians so the can know the joy of playing a musical instrument.

You can help us by making a donation to the general fund. 95% of all donations go to help young people get instrument