Posts for February 2014

February 16, 2014

Maintaining direction in staccato passages

To make a legato phrase sound like a unified idea, all I have to do as a minimum is make sure my air doesn't stop: my fingers and tongue delineate individual notes, but the sound is continuous. But with a staccato phrase, the sound stops. Make the notes sound like they belong together, without eliminating the space between them.

February 15, 2014

Sometimes staccato is neither “short” nor “separated”

A wind instrument doesn't resonate in the same way as, say, a violin: when the wind player stops blowing, the sound stops immediately. But since our modern wind technique borrows so heavily from the bowed string tradition, in many cases it is necessary to imitate this resonance to achieve the desired effect.

February 10, 2014

Teaching multiple instruments in higher education

While I thoroughly enjoy the variety in my day, there are some additional things worth considering if you take on multiple instruments in a collegiate teaching career.

February 1, 2014

Favorite blog posts, January 2014

Hand-picked high-quality woodwind-related blog posts from around the web, January 2014 edition.
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