Posts for April 2012

April 30, 2012

Fingering Diagram Builder, version 0.4

Hello, friends. I’m excited to share the latest round of improvements to the Fingering Diagram Builder. Thanks to all for your suggestions and bug reports, for your donations (every little bit helps), and for sharing with me some of the cool things you are making with the fingering diagrams. A few names that need mentioning ...

April 29, 2012

Reader email: doubling opportunities

Photo, fantail media A reader emailed me to ask this question (edited): I was wondering if you could give me some information on what kind of opportunities being a doubler has opened up for you. I am beginning to consider options for graduate school and am looking into multiple woodwinds degrees. Thanks! I do consider ...

April 18, 2012

Recital preparation

A few of my students have had recitals or other solo performances recently. Besides musical preparation, this is the advice I give: Visualize. If possible, spend time in the performance space before performance day. If not, imagine up a good representation of what the space is likely to look and “feel” like. Mentally walk through the ...

April 6, 2012

Doublers in the news: Hunter Diamond

Check out an interview (with audio) of Indiana University undergraduate student Hunter Diamond about his interest in woodwind doubling. He’s hoping his skills on multiple instruments will eventually land him commercial gigs or even a position playing in a pit for musical theater performances. … “The most important thing now is to find something unique ...

April 1, 2012

Breaking: Rico to produce bizarre double-tipped reeds

Okay, folks, hang onto your hats: I have stumbled onto what appears to be some truly weird news about things going on at Rico Reeds. I use Google Alerts to keep track of lots of woodwind-related topics on the web. Most days they don’t turn up anything especially interesting, but this morning I awoke to an ...
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