Front Ensemble Exercises
We have a variety of exercises available for purchase for your ensemble to perform immediately! Below you will find a list of exercises as well as audio clips to listen to them before purchasing. Once purchased, you will be invited to download the necessary files to begin printing the parts out in order to pass out to your students. Should you run into any errors, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
Scales - Unlike the "oh-so-popular" green scales, this exercise familiarizes the performer with a variety of scalar patterns. The main goal is to give the performer a thorough command of the horizontal landscape of the keyboard, as well as add to their music theory chops. Each variation can be played separately, or in any continuous combination. This exercise coincides with the battery exercise 'Legatos'.
X Y - This exercise focuses on the horizontal landscape of the keyboard while focusing on the relationship between the horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) planes of motion. One hand remains static to focus on the vertical motion, while the other moves horizontally, allowing the performer to compare it to the perfect vertical technique of the static hand. This exercise coincides with the battery exercise 'Heights'.
Pound - As the title implies, this exercise can sound like 12 people pounding away at their keyboard, but if used correctly it will give the performer a solid foundation on which to build basic 4-mallet techniques and a basic knowledge of music theory. This exercise coincides with the battery exercise 'Doubles'.
Intervals - This exercise enables a firm understanding of where each interval sits in the palm of the hand, as well as the ability to change between them quickly. Being able to change intervals is an imperative skill for keyboard players! This exercise coincides with the battery exercise 'Grid Rolls'.