Class Assignments: Practicing and Beyond


June 2020 -  Assignment Page: Quarantine Edition


Eliminate your boredom by practicing your instrument!  You will feel invigorated as you improve upon the fundamentals of music through playing.

A great article on how to practice effectively can be found here:



Keep in mind:  everybody sucks when they haven't spent much time doing something.  Don't get discouraged.  The more you practice, the better you will be.  Patience is everything.  According to the indigenous principles of learning, "Learning involves patience and time."

Have a look at "Professional vs Beginner - Clarinet". or "Professional vs Beginner trumpet", etc on youtube on the Twoset violins channel.  Hilarious!





Assignment for all flute players:

These are playalong duets from the Voxman compilation book.  The first duet in the youtube video, Telemann's Allegro, is on page 47 of the book.  The book can be dowloaded here:

Start with the first duet; once you have completed it, move on to the next.  Work at your own pace.  Slow the speed down in the settings (playback speed) of youtube to 0.75  if need be.


If your name is Una, your assignment is this:

and the PDF is here:

If your name is Taylor, your next assignment is this:


Assignment for all clarinet (and bass clarinet) players:


If you succeed with the first "very easy" duet, move on to the next.  Michael Lowenstern's youtube channel is an amazing resource and he has been posting duet playalongs for weeks now.  Many to choose from!

JAZZ clarinet:

email Mr. Clements for the PDF


Assignment for alto sax players:



Learn both alto parts, starting with the top line first.  After you've learned the top line, you can move on to the bottom line. Ignore the clarinet part on the right.



Play the bottom part only.



JAZZ altos:

The page turns are awkward in the vid, but do your best with it.  It might be reasonable to learn just part, if not all, of this solo over a minor blues. This is a classic Lou Donaldson solo, which you can also listen to if you dig around on youtube.   

Once you have achieved an "A"grade on the above assignment, move on to the next one:

Send a message to Mr Clements if you want a PDF.


NEW!  Assignment 3:




Assignment for tenor sax:




#2.  Play one time through (no repeat):




JAZZ tenor sax players:

Slow it down to 0.75!

If it's too hard, here is an easier solo to learn:


Once you've achieved an "A" on the harder solo above, you can start learning a chorus or two of the Great Sonny Rollins.  First goal is to get it down up to measure 64:


JAZZ bari sax:



#3. Learn the head (measures 1-26)

Assignment for french horn:



Assignment for all trumpet players:




#4. SENIOR TRUMPETS: gr.11 and 12.  Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Mvmt II ( Start this only after you have achieved an "A" on the above examples #1 and #2):

Here is the masterful Tine Thing Helseth performing it:


JUNIOR TRUMPETS (grade 9 and 10): Start this only after you have achieved an "A" on the above examples #1, #2, and #3:


Great youtube rabbit-holes for trumpet are the Charlie Porter channel and the Andrea Giuffredi channel.  Check them out!

JAZZ trumpet:

At the 2:40 mark it starts to go up pretty high. Play it an octave lower if you like. The scrolling arrow in the video is very distracting. Try to ignore it.

Once you've gotten an "A" (86%) or higher, move on to the next Louis Armstrong solo:


And finally, after achieving an "A" on that, move on to Miles Davis:


And for the go-getters among you, some Chet:



Assignment for all trombone players:

Andrew Poirier, of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, has provided duets for you to learn!  PDFs are in the description of the youtube video.

Duet #1:

According to Andrew, you should just focus on simplicity: sound, tuning, rhythm, and articulation.

Duet #2:

You should ALSO work on the same lip flexibility as the trumpets:

Just start in 1st position for the four measures at 19 seconds into the vid, same thing at 35 s;  then move to second position for the four measure phrases that start at  55s.  Continue to third position at 1:31, fourth position at 2:06, etc.

JAZZ Trombone:


Learn to play the melody of "Moonglow" in addition to this solo.  Listen to a recording of the melody and transcribe it!  Keep submitting it unitl you get an "A".  After you have achieved an "A" grade, move on to #2.

#2.  LEARN UP TO 2:08 in the video.




Choose your favourite from this website:



Assignment for all bassists

Bach!  Slow it down to 0.75.  Take your time with this one -- it's a challenge.  Orginally written for Cello in the key of G, here it is in D, a better key for bass.


Also, please have a look at this.  A great lesson in Upright Bass!  Worth checking this channel on youtube out.


JAZZ bass

#1.   Measures 45-68 are optional.  Learn the walking line though.






 For All Percussionists

Video of the Wilcoxon Solo #1 from "150 Rudimental Drum Solos".  Click here to view the PDF:

Played twice. Once at a slower tempo, and once quicker.  Special thanks to Ms Proznick's hubby, Jesse Cahill, for recording a demo for NDUB!
NOTE: Played with flams, but students should learn exercise without flams to begin. PLAY AT A SLOW TEMPO. Accuracy of rhythms, stick position, posture and tone are the desired outcomes.



Yes, that's right.  Choose one of the timpani excerpts provided by the London Symhony on this Youtube channel and perform it with your stucks on a set of PILLOWS!  Film yourself so that you and the "timpani pillows" are completely visible and the audio from the track is completely audible. 


#3.  Second snare study.  Remember to go slow and match the sticking, accents, and flams.

JAZZ drummers

Watch this video.  Jeff Hamilton discusses the use of the RATAMACUE in a drum solo.  COMPOSE a drum solo using this idea.  Minimum 12 measures, 4 ratamacues.




JAZZ Piano

Let's get started learning this!  See how far you get.


Jazz Guitar

This is a classic samba by Tom Jobim called "One Note Samba".  A standard that everyone should learn!


Musical Terminology

Click HERE for the list of musical terms that will be on your terminology quizes.








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