Studio Resources

My main objective teaching young musicians  is to develop a firm foundation in sound and technique. Once that is established, I begin branching out to etudes, solo studies, jazz and orchestra depending upon the student’s interests in combination with my guidance.

Click on my Daily Routine below for ideas on how I warmup and maintain technique through daily exercises. These are just a few ideas inspired by the masters. Don’t Fear the Smear, Tones with Drones, Remington/Marstellar Remix and classic scale patterns with a twist.

This is a book available through Mountain Peak Music by Aaron Helvig. The video is made for all of my middle and high school band director friends looking for something extra to give to your students for sound production and basic technique, like articulation. This is something I did not have growing up and I feel that it is very important to give back and this is one of my ways. I have taught many middle school and high school students over the years and have found this to be an invaluable source for that age group because it is the study of the bare basics of tone and technique.
Try using smears to warm up. They are a great way to work on air flow and connection of notes in exercises like this or phrases from etudes or solos.

Major Scale Tutorials for middle school and high school students learning their scales. Use these as a source for alternate positions and then play-along. If you know your scales, but your having troubles playing in tune. Use these videos to help play your scales in tune and that will carry over to other aspects of playing such as etudes and solos. Start with Bb Major.

Go to my YouTube channel for more scale play-alongs.