Hillside Music Classes

Mr. Stretch and Mrs. Hoss

Practice tips and suggestions to help make it easier to play.

There are many different ways to achieve success. One is to break down your practicing into its specific skills:

1. Count and clap your rhythms out loud. Start slow and work up the tempo.
2. Read your note names in rhythm out loud. Start slow and work up the tempo.
3. Do your fingerings while reading your notes in rhythm.
4. Now play it. If you have difficulty with making a correct sound then play your notes one at a time working on the sound.

Work each step until you feel confident in what you are doing.


It takes hard work and practicing to reach your fullest potential. Remember:


What to do when I...........

1. Reed instruments squeaking. Check you reed placement. Check the amount of mouth piece in the mouth. Make sure your lower lip is rolled over your teeth. Make sure you keys are covered and that you are not bumping any keys.

2. Brass not getting a good sound. You need to make sure your lips are focused to the center of the mouth piece all the time. This means your lips need to be placed tight together in order to get the correct sound.

3. Flute sounds airy? This has to do with the size of the opening between your lips. Make the opening as tight and small as you can. This will cause the air to come out faster producing a better sound.

4. Strings if my tone does not sound right while using the bow? Wipe down strings with a soft cloth. Add more rosin to the bow hairs. Place the bow between the bridge and finger board and lighten up the pressure of the bow on the strings.

5. Percussion having trouble with bouncing the sticks? This is caused by two things. One is the grip of the sticks. Make sure the is about an inch of stick out the back of your hand. Second make sure the grip is loose and relaxed. It will also help to keep your sticks lower to the drum head.

6. Choir I cant sing in one breath a phrase in music? Work on taking a deeper breath making sure you breath from the bottom and filling up. Stay relaxed when taking a deep breath.
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How to Read Music?

Here is a link to a site that will help you get better at reading the notes of the staff.