Posts for January 2010

January 22, 2010

Review and blindfold test: Légère Signature Series clarinet reeds

A few months ago, I posted about plastic reeds, and reported some of what I had read on another woodwind blog about the Légère Signature Series and Forestone clarinet reeds. For reasons unknown to me, the post from which I originally quoted has been removed, but there are similar thoughts expressed in a more recent post. ...

January 18, 2010

Doubling-specific skills vs. instrument-specific skills

I don’t think a woodwind player really learns the skill of “doubling” so much as he or she learns the skill of flute playing, plus the skill of saxophone playing, and so forth. 99% of being a good doubler is being a good flutist and a good saxophonist and whatever. There are only a few ...

January 10, 2010

Dear 2000

I’ve been reading the “Dear 1999” blogging project started by the guys over at The project, which launched last month, was to have musician-bloggers answer this question: If you could go back to 1999 and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? I enjoyed the responses, including one from clarinetist Marion ...

January 7, 2010

Required recordings, spring 2010

As I explained back in August, I’m having my university students purchase a required recording every semester. The purpose of this, of course, is to help the students develop good aural concepts of tone, phrasing, expression, vibrato, ensemble, and so forth. To try to learn to play an instrument well without a solid aural concept ...
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