Posts for June 2016

June 30, 2016

Favorite blog posts, June 2016

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

June 24, 2016

Tonguing and language sounds

Be wary of pedagogical approaches to woodwind articulation that depend on analogies to speech sounds. The most common, at least in the English-speaking world, is the idea that tonguing is like saying “too” or “doo.” And certainly there are significant mechanical similarities, especially with “too.” “Doo” doesn’t work as well because it is a voiced consonant, ...

June 17, 2016

Woodwind instrument “care kits” are bad news

Congratulations on your new student-level flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, or saxophone! Your music store's friendly sales associate is probably insisting that you purchase a "care kit" as well. I recommend that you do not buy it, because it is, at best, a waste of your money, and, at worst, a hazard to the instrument's wellbeing.

June 10, 2016

Stuff bad music teachers say

Have the courage, conscience, and dedication to pursue deeper, broader, and more accurate knowledge of the concepts you are teaching.
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