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Essential Technique

Band - Book 3

Essential Technique for Band Book 3 further develops music skills for intermediate and advanced musicians. Book 3 takes students through multiple key centers, individual studies, and a variety of styles of music.

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Individual Studies and My EE Library

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  • For every instrument, studies demonstrated by a professional soloist
  • Instrument-specific exercises for individual technique study or small group lessons
  • Classical style piano accompaniments - not synthesized
  • Download / Stream at www.myeelibrary.com.

A Multi-Purpose Book for Any Band Program

  • Technique building program
  • Also for individual study or small groups
  • Book 3 of the Essential Elements beginning band system

Key-Centered System

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  • 9 major and related minor keys
  • Each introduced with scales, Rubank-style etudes and a chord balance exercise
  • Each key has a short, full-band chorale that includes every scale tone for every instrument

Book 2 Continuation

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  • More great music that explores many styles and cultures
  • Challenging concepts are only introduced in familiar keys
  • Introduction of triple meters (12/8, 9/8, 3/8), more triplet based rhythms, rhythmic figures with rests, and meter changes
  • More music theory and terminology such as grace notes, divisi, and additional dynamics
  • History and music of 16 composers, world music and style studies
  • Integrated creativity and assessment that exceeds the National Standards

Special Studies Section

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Also included on the audio tracks:

  • Reading Skill Builders
    To develop sight-reading skills
  • Rhythm Pages
    Like Book 1 & 2, special reinforcement for newly learned meters and rhythmic figures
  • Basics of Jazz
    A 2-page introduction to jazz style and improvisation, taken from Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble, but geared for concert band
  • Full Chorales
    For study or performance, arranged by John Higgins
  • Rubank Scales and Arpeggios
    in major and minor keys, in additional octaves and with downloadable audio tracks

Additional Essential Technique Features

  • Woodwind trill charts and brass lip slur studies
  • Large, clear, full-range fingering charts
  • Practice record
  • Concise, easy to use Conductor Book

Individual Instrument Books