Posts for October 2010

October 27, 2010

Reader email: multiple woodwinds degree or single-instrument degree?

I get email on a pretty regular basis from people who are considering multiple woodwinds degree programs. They usually have excellent questions for which there are no real answers, but I’m always happy to try to offer whatever perspective I’ve got. I heard recently from one of my readers who is working on a bachelor’s ...

October 22, 2010

More on the science/fiction of woodwind materials

Photo, ~Bob~West~ There’s an interesting woodwind-related post by blogger “MarkCC” at Good Math, Bad Math, entitled “My Newest Flute, made of… Plastic?!” MarkCC recently acquired a new flute of the type used in Irish traditional music, the kind that are most often made of wood. But MarkCC’s is made of polymer, and it sounds like ...

October 19, 2010

Seven habits of highly effective music students

Photo, greek0529 Here are seven habits (apologies to Stephen Covey) I’ve observed so far in my most effective university music students—those that are making consistent improvement, performing successfully, and progressing toward graduation and career. Hit the practice rooms early. My best students don’t wait until the final hours of the day to get their practicing done. Practicing ...

October 13, 2010

This week in airline travel with musical instruments

Photo, caruba A couple of blog posts related to airline travel with musical instruments have caught my eye so far this week: Saxophonist Greg Vail had a bad experience checking his horn. Yes, he did check it—sent it to be stowed in the airplane’s cargo hold rather than carrying it on himself. But it wasn’t ...

October 7, 2010

Quick tutorial: Telemann Canonic Sonata on EWI, à la Jeff Kashiwa

I recently posted a video of Jeff Kashiwa demonstrating the Akai EWI4000s wind controller. As part of his demonstration, he plays a movement from one of the Telemann Canonic Sonatas (well, sort of an arrangement of one). The Canonic Sonatas are duo sonatas, with both musicians playing from the same part. (You can download free sheet ...
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