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Brass

Beginners

Introduction to Brass and Welcome A brief introduction to the Surrey Arts Brass department from brass tutor, Carl Woodcroft.

Introduction to the Trumpet: Making a Sound Surrey Arts trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell gives a short guide to making a sound on a brass instrument for beginners.

The Story of The Trumpet  A whistle-stop tour of trumpets, by Surrey County Youth Orchestra trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell. Features trumpets you may never have heard of!

Improving on the Trumpet  Surrey Arts trumpet tutor Ed Maxwell gives advice to young trumpet players about how to improve and enjoy their playing, and why players do well in ensembles.

Introduction to the Tuba: Making a Sound  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft shows beginning tuba players the basics of making a sound on the tuba.

Tuba Advice for Beginners  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft offers beginning tuba players some tips for how to enjoy and improve their playing.

The Tuba: Holding and Safety  Surrey Arts brass curriculum lead Carl Woodcroft shows beginning tuba players how to hold the tuba.

Introduction to the Trombone: Top Tips for Beginners   Surrey Arts brass tutor Dominic Clarke introduces the trombone and gives his top tips for young players starting to learn to play.

Taking Care of Your Trombone  Surrey Arts tutor Dominic Clarke on how to assemble and take care of your trombone.

Trombone Technique  Surrey Arts trombone tutor Dominic Clarke with some tips on warming up and basic good habits for trombone technique. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Improvers

Ian Bousfield 10 Tips for Trombonists  One of the greatest brass players of our time, Ian Bousfield gives some fantastic advice here in 10 short points. Warm ups, technique and things to avoid in your playing are all covered here with real precision.

 Alison Balsom Trumpet Masterclass  Renowned trumpet soloist Alison Balsom gives her ideas and advice in this short masterclass. 

Brass Masterclass by Patrick Harrild  Specifically for tuba players, but applicable to all brass players. This short masterclass, originally for a YouTube worldwide online competition, contains incredibly helpful approaches to fixing and improving areas of your playing significantly.

French Horn Masterclass with Sarah Willis for the Berlin Philharmonic  Sarah Willis, horn player of the Berliner Philharmoniker, gives a master class for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 introducing the horn parts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel”.

Inspiration

Bollywood Brass on YouTube  Bollywood Brass have made a fun resource for schools and home learning – a lockdown ‘play along’ video of a classic Bollywood song Dum Maro Dum. Young players can download the parts from this link https://tinyurl.com/ycscn786 and play along!

Piano

Beginners

Introduction to the Sounds of the Piano  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears introduces the piano and some of widely varied music that can be played on it. Do you recognise some of these tunes?

Introduction to the Piano: Exploring Patterns Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears introduces the piano and some simple patterns for beginners to experiment with.

Warm Up Exercises for Beginner Piano   Surrey Arts piano tutor Simon Gould demonstrates some warm up exercises for beginning piano.

Hot Cross Buns  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears teaches how to play “Hot Cross Buns” in this video for complete beginners.

Just The Way You Are  Surrey Arts piano teacher Anna Shears teaches how to play Bruno Mars’ song “Just the Way You Are” in this video for beginners/improvers.

 

Improvers

Boogie Woogie Basics  Surrey Arts piano curriculum leader Anna Shears teaches some basic Boogie Woogie riffs on piano for intermediate learners who have started to play chords and both hands together. Start with these riffs and try adding your own melody line and changes to rhythms!

www.julianlambert.org   Free instructional videos for both ABRSM & Trinity College piano exams.

Intro To Improvising  Surrey Arts piano teacher David Marsden gives an introduction to improvising on the piano.

Spooky Music  Surrey Arts piano teacher David Marsden shows you how to create some spooky music on the piano.

ABRSM Piano Syllabus

Strings

Beginners

Taking Care of Your Violin   Surrey Arts violin tutor Hazel Davies with a helpful video about taking care of your violin.

Removing and Replacing Your Bow   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies demonstrates how to carefully remove and replace your bow to protect it from damage. A helpful video for all new string players!

How to Care For Your Bow   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies demonstrates how to look after your bow to keep it in good condition. A helpful video for all new string players!

Introduction to the Viola  Surrey Arts viola teacher Deborah Chalmers with an introduction to the larger cousin of the violin . . . the viola! Have a listen to the beautiful rich sound of this versatile instrument.

Introduction to the Cello  Surrey Arts Strings Curriculum Lead Yvette Madden introduces the Cello, a beautifully low-voiced member of the string family.

Introduction to the Double Bass  Surrey Arts Strings Curriculum Lead Yvette Madden introduces the lowest of the bowed string instruments, the Double Bass.

 

Bowing Videos for Strings Players

Part 1. Developing Your Bow Hold   Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies in the first of three videos for new strings students. In this video, Hazel gives some tips on how to develop your bow hold.

Part 2. Games for Developing Your Bow Hold  Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies in the second of three videos for new strings students. In this video, Hazel shows you some fun games to try that will help you develop your bow hold.

Part 3. Basic Bowing on Violin or Viola  Surrey Arts Strings tutor Hazel Davies with a short tutorial and demonstration of basic bowing. Time to get bowing!

Improvers

Violin 3rd Position  Surrey Arts violin tutor Karen Hoy demonstrates 3rd position on the violin. Have a go and play along!

Dynamics on the Violin  Surrey Arts violin tutor Karen Hoy demonstrates a range of dynamics on the violin. Can you play them all?

Advanced

Nicola Benedetti Masterclasses Suitable for advanced level violinists

ABRSM Bowed Strings Syllabus

Percussion

Beginners

Introduction to the Glockenspiel  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Ben Hartley introduces the Glockenspiel, explaining the difference between it and similar tuned percussion instruments.

Introduction to the Vibraphone  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Peter Rayner gives an introduction to the vibraphone, playing some bits of music which you might recognise.

Introduction to the Marimba  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Peter Rayner gives an introduction to the Marimba, the larger cousin of the xylophone.

Introduction to the Timpani  Surrey Arts Percussion Teacher Kizzy Brooks introduces the Timpani — the rolling thunder of the orchestral percussion section!

Introduction to the Snare Drum  Surrey Arts percussion teacher Keith Wickham introduces one of the most well-known percussion instruments, the Snare Drum! But did you know how many different ways it can be played?

Introduction to the Electronic Drum Kit  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Ben Hartley gives a quick introduction to the electronic drum kit!

History of the Vibraphone   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Rayner gives a brief history of the Vibraphone, including some of the fantastic musicians and composers who highlighted the Vibraphone in their music.

History of the Marimba   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Peter Rayner gives a brief history of the Marimba, including its origins as a traditional percussion instrument in regions of Africa dating back hundreds of years. It is now beloved by percussionists all over the world!

Drum Stick Grip for Beginners  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Ben Hartley gives a brief introduction and demonstration for both the “matched” and “traditional” grip for drumsticks, explaining the history and application of each type of stick grip.

20 drum beats  This video can be used by beginners to intermediate pupils. Click here for helpful notes on the individual exercises:  20 Drum Beats, Exercise NotesDownload

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  A video showing beginners how to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the glockenspiel (commercial YouTube site with adverts).

Improvers

Cajón para tí by John Overton, Part 1 of 3  Surrey Arts percussion teacher John Overton has made these fantastic films on how to play the Cajón para tí.  

Mike Barnes Drums   This is a good link to developing basic kit fills. 

Tuned Percussion Scales   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay with a helpful tutorial covering an approach to learning tuned percussion scales in different keys. Starting with the easy C major example you’ll observe a ‘repeated stroke’ approach that helps reinforce the flow from note-to-note. Works in all keys! Playing repeated strokes gives you some ‘thinking time’ between notes, in the same way playing ‘long tones’ helps brass and woodwind players. A friend, adult or teacher will be able to assist you with this approach if needed.

Tuned Percussion Arpeggios  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay gives some tips on how to play and practice arpeggios on tuned percussion instruments using a “repeated stroke” approach which helps to reinforce the flow from note-to-note. For intermediate learners with some knowledge of scales and keys.

Singing with Tuned Percussion  Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay on the benefits of incorporating singing while learning to play tuned percussion. Vocalisation helps reinforce awareness around timing, note reading, sub-dividing the beat, some pitch awareness and overall musical multi-tasking.  Suitable for young players with some knowledge of keys and note values.

Alternative Sticking for Percussion   Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay demonstrates a few different stickings you might like to try on tuned percussion.

Practice Piece: It’s One of FOUR Things Surrey Arts percussion tutor Jason Reay has written a short piece to help tuned percussion players with their staff knowledge. The piece focuses on four things: patterns of F-A-C-E notes; patterns of E-G-B-D-F notes; neighbouring notes (moving by alphabetic step); octave leaps.

Craig Blundell | Basic rudiment ideas

Vic Firth Orchestral Percussion Videos A YouTube channel with good quality videos and demonstrations. The series ‘Percussion 101’ shows demonstrations of playing techniques on different orchestral percussion instruments.

Advanced

Marimba Techniques by Theodor Miklov For the advanced player.

 

Inspiration and Information

Percussive Arts Society The world’s largest percussion organization and central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. The PAS website contains resources and education aids including the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments: traditional, drum corps, orchestral, European, and contemporary drum rudiments.

Drumline!  Video footage of Surrey Arts Drumline Ensemble.

First Time Drummers  Percussion company Sweetwater has put together this video of first time drummers (and some more experienced drummers) having a go at playing the drums. Get inspired!

Philharmonia demonstration video: Timpani

Philharmonia demonstration video: Orchestral Percussion

 

Voice

Beginners

Vocal Warmup with Catherine  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott leads a short vocal warm-up for SYTC which is suitable for all young singers.

Ping Pong Ball Song  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall leads an active warm-up song.

Bananas of the World Unite! Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall with another active warm-up song.

My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean  Surrey Arts singing teacher Cerys Reading teaches actions, words and music to “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. Can you do all three?

Alive, Awake, Alert!  Surrey Arts tutor Ambie DeSoutter teaches a fun song with actions to wake you up!

Vocal Warmup with Ruth  Surrey Arts singing teacher Ruth Munro leads some exercises to get children’s voices warmed up and ready for singing.

Relaxing Vocal Warm-up with Lesley Surrey Arts singing teacher Lesley Gladigau leads a physical and vocal warm-up that will help you to relax and release tension while getting your voice ready to sing or speak. Ideal also for a vocal refresh during a long day!

Introduction to the Surrey Youth Training Choir  Surrey Youth Training Choir conductor Catherine McKay-Upcott gives a brief introduction to the choir and what it’s like to be a member.

Improvers and Advanced

Practicing Tips for Singers  Surrey Youth Choir conductor Cole Bendall gives more advanced singers some ideas for effective practice.

BBC Learn to Sing   Step by step videos, exercise, warm-ups and tips from professional singers and vocal coaches.

ABRSM Singing for Musical Theatre

National Youth Choir and National Youth Training Choir    Audition preparation Open Events taking place online in late August and online auditions taking place in September.

 

Woodwind

Beginners

An Introduction to the Clarinet  Surrey Arts woodwind tutor Sam Baldwin gives an introduction to the clarinet and plays some different tunes that you may recognise from television, cinema and beyond!

ABRSM Woodwind Syllabus

Music Tech and Contemporary

Introduction to Beat Matching using Mixxx open source DJ software  An introduction to using Mixxx by James Crompton, Surrey Arts music technology tutor.

Guitar

Beginners

Introduction to Electric Guitar Sounds  Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison introduces the electric guitar including what you’ll need to get started, some of the different sounds that can be made, and a sample of musical styles played on this versatile instrument. Get playing!

How to Play the Guitar Riff from 20th Century Boy Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison demonstrates how to play the riff from this T. Rex classic.

Guitar Basics- ‘The House of Doom’ study  A good guide for new players, and good for practising pieces at different speeds.

Experimenting with Tone Surrey Arts guitar tutor Trevor Walker demonstrates ways of creating different types of tone on the electric guitar.

Improvers

Bending to Pitch on Guitar Surrey Arts guitar tutor James Harrison demonstrates the technique of bending to pitch on guitar strings.

Trinity Rock and Pop Guitar Skills

Trinity Rock and Pop Guitar Syllabus Showcase

RockSchool Guitar Syllabus Demos

ABRSM Classical Guitar Syllabus

Rick Beato, Top 20 Electric Guitar Intros Rick Beato’s videos are aimed at more at the established players, but are inspirational and informative for all learners. 

General

BBC Masterclasses and Live Lessons

ABRSM  The ABRSM is the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, delivering over 650,000 music exams and assessments every year in 93 countries. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support, syllabuses, and free online learning resources in their “Play On” programme.

ABRSM YouTube Channel  Exam prep, learning videos and syllabus videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity College Music Exams Every year Trinity College London supports the music education of thousands of students with assessments across classical, jazz and rock & pop music. Their website and YouTube channel contain exam support and learning resources for students.

Trinity College YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for woodwind, strings, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.

Trinity Rock and Pop YouTube Channel Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

RockSchool – RSL Awards Exams, method books, YouTube tutorials

RockSchool YouTube Channel  Exam prep and learning videos for contemporary music instruments and music tech.

Academy of Contemporary Music  ACM is a specialist provider of creative industries education. Students including performers, producers, songwriters, technicians, and games developers are taught by established creative industry professionals.

ACM YouTube Channel  Videos and masterclasses for contemporary music instruments and music tech.