Posts for December 2008

December 23, 2008

Speaking the language of woodwinds

There are some terms I sometimes hear woodwind players use that make me think that they don’t know what they’re talking about. I could be wrong. But that’s the impression I get. I think as woodwind doublers, when talking to players of single instruments, we sometimes give the same impression that obnoxious foreign tourists give—that ...

December 19, 2008

Getting started with ethnic woodwinds: your holiday wish list

I’ve got ethnic woodwinds on the brain lately, and no end in sight since they are the topic of my doctoral dissertation research. If you haven’t added any ethnic instruments to your arsenal yet, here’s what I recommend for a relatively easy to play, low-maintenance, inexpensive, and versatile beginning to your collection.

December 12, 2008

New sound clips

I’ve posted some new sound clips over on my audio page, to show off what I’ve been up to lately.

December 12, 2008

Pedro Eustache: ethnic woodwinds

If you’re interested in ethnic woodwinds, you ought to check out virtuoso flutist Pedro Eustache. I like that on his website he refers to himself as a “multidirectional flute soloist.”

December 4, 2008

Recommended: Jeanjean “Vade-Mecum” du Clarinettiste

Lately I’ve been doing some clarinet work out of the Jeanjean Vade-Mecum. The title page translates charmingly to: “Vade-Mecum” of the Clarinet-player 6 SPECIAL STUDIES to render the fingers and tongue rapidly supple But this is what really sold me: NOTICE The aim of these 6 standard-studies (combining the essential parts generally contained in several ...
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