Let’s Play

NJSO musicians share pro tips for budding instrumentalists of all ages.


Violin

Learn from the NJSO’s Brennan Sweet

 

NJSO Associate Concertmaster Brennan Sweet shares pro tips for beginning violin players. Learn about posture, hand positions, string crossings, warm-up exercises, tuning, keeping the beat, taking care of your instrument, bowing techniques and shifting.

Violin: Pro Tip List

00:54 – Posture

01:48 – Hand Positions

04:10 – String Crossings

05:43 – Warm-up Exercises

09:02 – Tuning

15:04 – Keeping the Beat

16:07 – Taking Care of Your Instrument

19:09 – Bowing Techniques

25:29 – Positioning the Left Hand

26:33 – Shifting

31:20 – Performance: Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins
                BRENNAN SWEET violin
               CHRISTINE SWEET cello
               ALLISON FRANZETTI harpsichord


Viola

Learn from the NJSO’s Christine Terhune

 

NJSO violist Christine Terhune shares pro tips for beginning viola players. Learn about posture, hand positions, holding the viola, string crossings, shifting and vibrato.

Viola: Pro Tip List

01:40 – Posture

02:33 – Positioning the Left Hand

04:48 – Positioning the Right Hand

10:03 – Holding the Viola

12:00 – String Crossings

13:51 – Shifting

21:54 – Vibrato


Oboe

Learn from the NJSO’s Andrew Adelson

 

The NJSO’s Andrew Adelson shares pro tips for beginning oboists. Learn about the instrument, reeds, embouchure, articulation and more.

Oboe: Pro Tip List

01:27 – The Oboe Reed

03:10 – Embouchure

04:54 – Putting the Reed in Your Mouth

07:11 – Making a Sound on the Reed Alone

07:54 – Articulation

09:15 – The Names of the Parts of the Oboe

09:55 – Assembling the Oboe

12:40 – Putting the Reed in the Oboe

13:39 – Staying Motivated

15:31 – Playing Along to Make a Duet

16:07 – Keep Making Music


Bassoon

Learn from the NJSO’s Mark Timmerman

 

NJSO bassoonist Mark Timmerman shares pro tips for beginning bassoon players. Learn about assembling the bassoon, proper position, articulation and more.

Bassoon: Pro Tip List

03:06 – Assembling the Bassoon

05:20 – Proper Position

07:01 – Hand Positions

09:24 – Articulation

10:53 – Performance: Bach Bourée

11:48 – Putting the Bassoon Away


Trumpet

Learn from the NJSO’s Anderson Romero

 

NJSO Assistant Principal Trumpet Anderson Romero shares pro tips for beginning trumpet players. Learn about the instruments of the trumpet family, posture, embouchure, articulation, tone quality, breathing and warmup exercises and more.

Trumpet: Pro Tip List

01:58 – A Few Instruments of the Trumpet Family

08:29 – Mutes

10:34 – A Few Tips for Posture

12:37 – Tips for a Proper Embouchure

13:40 – Breathing Exercises

15:42 – Warmup and Daily Routine Exercises

20:53 – Flow Studies

24:12 – Flexibility

25:07 – Articulations

28:20 – Tone Quality

29:04 – Practicing While Social Distancing

30:08 – Music That Inspires You

31:00 – Closing Thoughts