To celebrate the beginning of my 35th year playing electric wind instruments I wrote these 51 EWI Little Finger Exercises. EWI standard fingering setting and little finger technique is crucial to fast, fluid, glitch free EWI technique. EWI has a range of an 11th (Bb to Eb) without making an octave roller change. Don't make octave roller changes (going over the break) when you don't need too. It's also where most glitching occurs because of the slow lazy third (ring) finger. For example, I observe when players play the notes B - C - D - C they finger like in the middle register of the sax (K1 for B, K3 for C, then on octave roller change and 6 fingers go down for the D. That is the worst way to finger these note. There are two better ways and both should be learned. On the high end use (K1 for B, K3 (or better yet K1+K5' for C) then just K5 for D. For the low end use 6 fingers plus little fingers on K6+K12 for B, 6 fingers plus little fingers on K12 for C and normal 6 finger D. If I'm playing a passage that is not ascending above Eb/D# I use little finger fingerings and don't go over the break (octave roller change). If I'm playing a passage that is not descending below B (and sometime Bb) I use little finger fingerings and don't go over the break (octave roller change). Remember that with EWI Standard Fingering setting K5 raises a note a 1/2 step, K10 raises a note a 1/2 step, K5+K10 raises a note a whole step. That's it on raising. K6 lowers a note a 1/2 step, K10 lowers a note a half step, K6+K11 lowers a note a whole step. K12 lowers a note a whole step, K6+K12 lowers a minor third (three 1/2 steps) and K6+K11+K12 lowers a major third (four 1/2 steps). For K11+K12 get your right hand little finger touching both. If you have specific fingering questions just ask. I'm looking forward to the next 35 years!!!
I go over the 960 Pentatonic scales, their formulas and application with audio examples.
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Here's my new eBook! I took Exercise #1 from 25 Daily exercises for Saxophone by H. Klose and transposed to 16 modes in all 12 keys. You get the 7 church modes, 7 Lydian Augmented (Jazz Minor) modes, Harmonic minor and Melodic minor (193 pages). It's quite a workout on EWI and any other instrument for that matter. Also great for developing your ear! It's available as a free download for a limited time so download it and get busy!
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In this master class I teach the formulas for using major triad pairs over minor 7ths (dorian), dom.7, major and jazz minor. also covered tritone subs and alternate pairs for inside/outside side slipping.
This month I want to deal with deglitching your EWI technique. From working on my own fingering technique over the years and working with my students it's apparent that the main cause of glitching comes from the 3rd finger or ring finger. These exercises will serve to work that finger and make it stronger and faster. Practice all exercises slurred and use K2 (middle finger) for C. Start at slower tempos and gradually increase speed to as fast as you can play without glitching. Practice in all octaves, especially extreme low and high. When practicing an exercise play five times in a row correctly before increasing tempo. Patient and disciplined practice of these exercises will decrease propensity for glitching.
Here are 3 Exercises that are sure to improve your octave roller technique. They will help you know your "octave place". Practice them slowly and precisely at first and then increase speed. Use light thumb pressure with crisp snappy moves from one octave position to the other. These exercises should be part of your daily practice routine and are a good warm up before any EWI performance.
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