Sunday Session #16: Complete the Musical Phrase

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Sunday Session #16: Complete the Musical Phrase

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Transformation Takeaways

I just flew in from Arizona after spending the weekend judging at the 63rd Annual University of Arizona Band Day. Along with 5 other judges, I watched 38 bands over 13 hrs, doing my best to provide each band with audio commentary that would be helpful as they continue to refine their shows. I really enjoyed getting to see all the hard work the students and teachers have put into their programs, and especially enjoyed getting to talk with and learn from the other adjudicators, staff, and members throughout the day. As much as we  all love the activity…38 bands…that’s a lot of band.

While making my adjudicator tapes, one of the reoccurring themes I noticed was the difference between younger groups and the more mature ensembles.

The top performing groups consistently completed their musical phrases. This included woodwind and brass players supporting their air to the very end of the phrase, percussionists completing rhythmic cadences, and the entire ensemble using dynamics to create long, musical lines.

Have you ever talked with someone that has a tendency of trailing off at the end of their sentences? Huh? What if someone were to telling you a story, and then at the end, they just said some gibberish that didn’t make any sense? An effective communicator constructs a complete thought through their words and the inflection of their voices.

In today’s lesson, we focus on completing the musical phrase: what you should pay attention to & how you can work on it.

Part I: Completing the Musical Phrase

Don’t give up the easy stuff

Using dynamics to create musical line

Part 2: Submitted Questions

@jordan_s.205 submitted via instagram

Huei, could you play something that I need help on?

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@dan.bielawski submitted via instagram

Hey Huei, could you please check this out and send some comments on what to improve on (Triplet Grid with Cheeses on accents) Thanks!


Part 3: Lightning Round Q & A



Huei-Yuan Pan is a Los Angeles based musician via Chicago, originally from Houston. His drum corps experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2001) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Snare, 2002-2003; Front Ensemble, 2004). From 2008-2011, Huei served as Director and Arranger for Green Thunder Percussion, and in 2012-2013, Percussion Caption Head with Regiment. He is currently the Director of the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. For more on Huei, click here.

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