Posts for May 2013

May 31, 2013

Favorite blog posts, May 2013

Here are some high-quality woodwind-related blog posts from May, in no particular order. Mark Catoe and Tim Gordon discuss music education, careers, and, of course, woodwind doubling: Interview with Tim Gordon Flutist Meerenai Shim opens up about success, failure, pursuing your dream, and dealing with the practicalities: To Each Her Own Jennet Ingle is always one of ...

May 24, 2013

Fifth anniversary

I always think that the worst blog posts are the ones where people blog about their blogs. So brace yourself. Sorry. I try not to indulge in this kind of thing too often. Anyway, today is the fifth anniversary of my first, rather inauspicious blog post. (You might notice that I do have posts dated ...

May 20, 2013

Individuality, conformity, and music students

I found myself relating to Jennet Ingle’s recent blog post about an independently-thinking oboe student and the subjective qualities of tone. I related both to the student and to the teacher. … I had to lecture a student on Sound a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t believe how uncomfortable it made me.  It is ...

May 15, 2013

Fingering Diagram Builder, version 0.5

I am pleased to announce the release of the Fingering Diagram Builder, version 0.5. The updates are mostly tech-nerdy stuff and won’t affect how you use it. Read on to find out what’s new, or just check it out yourself. It has been a bit over a year since the last “major” release, which I ...

May 11, 2013

Review: Oboe Reed Maker PRO iPhone app

I saw a post a couple of months ago by Patty Mitchell (reigning champion of online oboe journalism) about the iPhone app Oboe Reed Maker PRO, and decided to bite the bullet, part with the $1.99, and take it for a spin. Here is my review. As is my custom lately, I have tried to keep the ...

May 8, 2013

The magical properties of air

Good breath support, besides helping tone production in obvious ways, can have a surprising (and positive) impact on other aspects of woodwind playing.
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