Posts for March 2011

March 26, 2011

Dr. P’s Practice Club: using Facebook to acknowledge student achievements

I’ve been using Facebook this school year to semi-publicly acknowledge my university students who are meeting their minimum practice requirements: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it from Facebook friends who are music educators, so I thought it might be worth discussing here. The concept is pretty simple: When my students come in for ...

March 19, 2011

A few more woodwind blogs you should be reading

A few months ago I posted some of my recommendations for good woodwind-related blogs, and shared a couple of tips on getting the most out of your blog reading. I’ve got a few more favorite blogs I’d like to share today, and another blog-reading tip, too. This time I came up with a blog each ...

March 17, 2011

Crossing the break (or not) on saxophone

Much has been made of “the break” on clarinet—the point at which the chalumeau register and throat tones cross over to the clarion register—but all modern woodwind instruments have at least one break in their “standard” ranges. The saxophone has exactly one (ignoring the altissimo range), between the second C-sharp and the second D. From ...

March 9, 2011

Don’t adjust your best reed

Photo, stonelucifer I worked on reeds today (both single and double). My favorite reed tip: don’t adjust your best one. Adjust some others until one of them is the best, and then go back and work on the first one if you like. Adjusting reeds can be a little risky, so gamble on a reed ...

March 3, 2011

Open rehearsal of Divertissement

I was pleased to have Dr. Sy Brandon, composer of the new work Divertissement for multiple woodwinds and piano, on campus at Delta State this week for a brief guest composer residency and an open rehearsal of the new piece. As you can see from the photo, I decided to play sitting down. The reason ...
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