Daily Practice 7: Car Practice

In this video I demonstrate one of the many things I do to practice while driving.  This is the type of routine that can really help make a commute or any drive a great time to practice working on music, improvisation, learning tunes etc.. This example focuses on singing a short phrase from the standard Stardust.  I sing the melodic fragment while visualizing the fingerings on my instrument (tenor saxophone) and visualize the chord and numeric relationship of the melody to that chord.  I have learned many new tunes using this method while driving.  You can practice nearly anything that you can sing this way.  Keep in mind I do not have perfect pitch so when I sing I don’t know what key I’m really in.  I just try to sing the pitches in a relative relationship to each other.  The nice thing about this is that I can sing in one key while visualizing that melody in any of the 12 keys.




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  1. Dan Nolan

    Car practice used to mean something totally different to me. I used to sit in the car in the parking garage of my apartment building with my alto because it was the only place the neighbours wouldn’t complain about the “noise”. LOL

  2. Otto

    Dan, that’s funny, I used to do that in my ’64 Dodge Van. The back was open and I had a bench I could sit on and practice. Also had a tape cassette player and a light wired to the car battery to practice with. Yes, “noise” is a common description of music practice… sigh.

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