Posts for November 2014

November 30, 2014

Favorite blog posts, November 2014

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

November 25, 2014

Practicing, boredom, and guilt

I find that my students who struggle with practicing are sometimes afraid to talk to me about it, and want to brush aside talk of their declining practice hours with thin excuses about having a "busy week." But if we can address the problem honestly and openly, I can offer some suggestions to help them enjoy their practice time more and get more out of it.

November 8, 2014

Jazz swing notation

The issue with each of these bad notational approaches is that they try to approximate characteristic jazz rhythms with symbols that are rooted in the rather different rhythms of classical music. But real jazz swing rhythms aren't dotted or 12/8 or triplets, or least they aren't necessarily any of those. This leads to problems both for composers and performers.

November 3, 2014

Videos: Piazzolla Tango Etudes for multiple woodwinds

Here are some videos from a guest recital I did at the University of Tennessee at Martin a few weeks ago. Among other things, I played Ástor Piazzolla’s Tango Etudes, originally for solo flute, in my own arrangement for multiple woodwinds soloist.
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