Posts for May 2016

May 31, 2016

Favorite blog posts, May 2016

Hand-picked high-quality woodwind-related blog posts from around the web, May 2016 edition.

May 17, 2016

Please stop telling your clarinet students to tighten their embouchures

Good clarinet playing requires a high voicing. That's why your clarinet section is flat and tubby-sounding.

May 11, 2016

Things you need to cover in woodwind methods class

A few years back I posted a rant about non-mission-critical information in woodwind methods textbooks. This is a course primarily for instrumental music majors, who will go on to become school band or orchestra directors, and who need a crash course in the playing and pedagogy of each instrument that will be in their future ...

May 4, 2016

The role of tone exercises

Tone exercises are useful, sort of. Read last month’s post about tone for a reminder why tone exercises are only part of the process. Here is what tone exercises do: Excellent tone exercises demand solid fundamental tone-production technique, providing a chance to habituate useful muscular actions. Trevor Wye’s “Flexibility I” flute exercise is a perfect example. (I suggest you buy the whole Trevor ...
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