Here's what a good routine might include: BASIC BEGINNER ROUTINE: (For first year players.) ***Technique Building: *Long tones- G major scale, up and down, 8 seconds per note (2-3 minutes) *3 note finger drill… G major…done 3 times (1-2 minutes) ***Attack Assignment: *Worked on one line each night until it could be played perfectly. Next night, played the line(s) from the night before, and then added *the next line. (5-10 minutes) ***Played for Fun: *Figured out how to play the song from Sponge Bob Square Pants. Played it repeatedly to annoy older brothers and sisters. (5–10 minutes) Total: 15-20 minutes per day… very specific and productive. INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS: (For 2-4 year players. Growth will be noticeable and steady.) ***Technique Building: *Long tones- Chromatic Scale, up and down, from G to G. 10 seconds per note (5minutes) *5 note finger drill… G major…done 3 times (5 minutes) ***Attack Assignment: *Worked on one line each night until it could be played perfectly. Next night, played the line(s) from the night before, and then added the next line. (10-15 minutes) ***Played for Fun: *Just got a “Brittany Spears For the Saxophone” book, and memorized the first song. Parents in hiding (5–10 minutes). Total: 25-45 minutes per day… very specific and productive. ADVANCED ROUTINE (3 years and up, if they are gung ho! Good routine for more serious high school players.) ***Technique Building: *Long tones- D major scale, two octaves, up and down, 10 seconds/note (6 minutes) *All Major Scales up to 4 sharps and flats - any that couldn’t be played on first try had to be played 3 times correctly! (5-15 minutes) ***Attack Assignment: *Worked on one line each night until it could be played perfectly. Next night, played the line(s) from the night before, and then added the next line. (10-20 minutes) ***Played for Fun: *Played along with F Blues CD…worked on improvising (10-? minutes) Total: 30-60+ minutes per day… very specific and productive.

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