Posts for July 2014

July 31, 2014

Favorite blog posts, July 2014

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

July 22, 2014

Woodwind doubling and the “main” instrument

I identify very much as a woodwind player: as far as I'm concerned, if it's a woodwind, it's part of what I do. But when I introduce myself to someone that way, I am frequently asked, "But which one is your main instrument?"

July 17, 2014

Auxiliary instruments and college study

One thing that seems to surprise some prospective college music majors is that we have different views about what I consider "auxiliary" instruments. For example, it's common for prospects to identify themselves as bass clarinetists, or as tenor saxophonists. Some of these students have never even attempted to play a B-flat clarinet or an alto saxophone, and sometimes show little interest in doing so. Am I old-fashioned to expect my saxophone majors to play mostly alto and my clarinet majors to play mostly B-flat?

July 8, 2014

12(+) ways to practice a technical passage

Rhythmic variation is an excellent way to keep some variety and interest in your practicing, even when you're stuck on a particularly frustrating passage.
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