Bumblebee Loops: A Practice Guide to Performing a Lightning Fast Flight of the Bumblebee by Christopher Jones

BACK COVER INFORMATION: Bumblebee Loops is a guide to improve your speed and musicality on the solo “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” but goes deeper to help you work out and improve the sound and artistry of any musical passage. Meant for violin, flute, or clarinet but useful to any musician. Chris Jones serves up…

BACK COVER INFORMATION: Bumblebee Loops is a guide to improve your speed and musicality on the solo “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” but goes deeper to help you work out and improve the sound and artistry of any musical passage. Meant for violin, flute, or clarinet but useful to any musician. Chris Jones serves up tips and hundreds of bite-sized musical excerpts to help you: •Identify messy and uneven intervallic and rhythmical flaws •Increase your focus and practice discipline •Execute smooth, clean, fast, elegant technique that blossoms musicality •Apply these tools to any tough musical passage By the end of Bumblebee Loops, you’ll understand the importance of focus, persistence, and take the right steps toward becoming a total musician. MORE INFORMATION: • This book is meant to supplement “The Flight of the Bumblebee” solo music. • Thirty-four pages of music excerpts exercising segments of “The Flight of the Bumblebee” as well as how to break down and improve any musical passage. • This book covers two “The Flight of the Bumblebee” key signatures in the treble clef: A minor and B minor. • Information on recommended published “The Flight of the Bumblebee” solo sheet music for violin, flute, and clarinet. If you already own the solo, match the exercises to the correct octave or key signature. Trill sections of the solo are not included in these exercises. You can start practicing these exercises before you acquire the solo. • Seven secrets or tips to performing a lightning fast bumblebee. • Rimsky-Korsakov biographical timeline and photos. • A bumblebee coloring page for you to hand to young listeners while you are practicing or after a performance. LEVELS: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – this book is not for you yet. Learn how to form your embouchure, hold your bow, read music, read fingering charts, ask your teachers lots of questions and practice regularly. Come back in a year or two to start studying bumblebee. SECOND YEAR STUDENTS – you know how to make a sound and have some range, read fingering charts and rhythms. Start on “Begin Bumblebee” (pg. 4-5) and then move onto Ms. 5-14 (pg. 8-9). Dive into one loop, take it slow, live with it, and read all of the text/tips/suggestions in this book. While some ranges might be extreme, you can still practice a good deal of this material. Make sure you ask your music teachers to help build into the higher ranges. MIDDLE LEVEL – upper middle school through college and amateurs can use this book as a major step into virtuosity. Dive into one page, take it slow, live with it, and read all of the text/tips/suggestions in this book. Ask your music teacher to help. TOP NOTCH PROFESSIONALS – university professors, free-lancers, military and orchestral musicians, soloists, and recording artists. Use this book to continue polish, focus on returning technical issues or simply gain some speed. Reference the social media page to send the author feedback on your uses of this material. #BumblebeeLoops #bbloops
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“Excellent investment for teachers, players, and students!”

Five Star Review on Amazon by David & Regina

Nice book and is a bargain! BB loops has not only the snippets of the Bee, but also great information scattered throughout it’s pages regarding technique, musicality, motivation, practice suggestions, summary of R.K.’s life and references to other resources.

About the Author

Christopher D. Jones (1967- ) was born in Mobile, Alabama. He started playing clarinet at age 11 in public schools and his music journey led him to winning an audition for the West Point Band in 1992. With three music degrees and a professional job, he started studying clarinet with Kalmen Opperman in New York City in 1994. The master musician tore down and rebuilt Chris from the basis of the chromatic scale. “The Flight of the Bumblebee” became daily bread and the subject of Chris’ first book: “Bumblebee Loops – A Practice Guide to Performing a Lightning Fast ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ for Violin, Flute or Clarinet.” Chris is rounding out a 26-year career in the West Point Band as the Sergeant Major Element Leader of the Concert and Marching Band and Drum Major Emeritus.

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