Posts for July 2012

July 26, 2012

Reader email: maintaining doubles

I love getting good questions by email: I have a question about maintenance on your doubles. Once you feel like you have a good foundation and can play them at a high level, how do you maintain that in your practice routine? There’s no great answer to your question. Playing one instrument “at a high ...

July 21, 2012

Reader email: Chinese woodwinds

I recently got email from a reader about the use of Chinese woodwinds in theater and film music. I did my best to answer his questions, and I’m posting them here in case they are of use to anyone else. Both questions and answers are edited here for length and awesomeness. My question for you ...

July 13, 2012

Improving habits: use a timer

Bill Plake wrote a nice blog post earlier this week, sharing a simple tip about using sticky notes to break bad habits. (Bill’s posts are excellent—make sure you subscribe in your favorite feed reader.) The tip he shares is similar to something I do during final performance preparations: I jot two or three key reminders ...

July 10, 2012

Staying connected to the clarinet

In general, I’m not that concerned about keeping fingers close to instrument keys. A lot of woodwind players and teachers seem to believe that “close” fingers mean more speed, which I haven’t found necessarily to be the case. To me, a much larger factor is tension: if my fingers are tense (because, for example, I’m ...

July 2, 2012

Interview: Woodwind road warrior Terry Halvorson

I’m always pleased to hear from other woodwind players. Terry Halvorson has been a contributor to my Broadway woodwind doubling list for several years, we’ve communicated periodically online, and we even bumped into each other in person at an IDRS conference a few years back. Terry has been working as a musician with touring musical ...
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