Here are some highlights from the blog in 2017.
- The top new posts in terms of traffic and social sharing were:
- Review: D’Addario Select Jazz tenor saxophone mouthpieces
- Please lose the music binder
- Quick flute switches and embouchure problems for woodwind doublers
- Advice on graduate performance study and university teaching careers
- Buy intonation, not tone
- Woodwind doubling on both oboe and bassoon
- What I listen for in scholarship auditions
- When you’re too sick for a lesson
- Interview: Jonathan Tunick, Broadway orchestrator and more
- Some evergreen posts that remained popular:
- I put out a couple of new releases of my web tools: Random Note Picker, version 0.3 and Reedcast™ version 2.0. I hinted last year at a new release of the Fingering Diagram Builder, which didn’t happen. Still working on it.
- The big list of woodwind doubling in musicals continues to grow in size and hopefully accuracy. Thanks once again for y’all’s contributions.
- I shared some videos from my all-jazz multiple woodwinds recital.
- I did another 12 months’ worth of my favorite posts from other blogs. Let me know what other blogs I should be reading, including yours.
- And, of course, I was pleased to release my book, Woodwind Basics: Core concepts for playing and teaching flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone, which really is a distillation of lots of ideas I’ve explored and refined right here on the blog. I have been thrilled with the response, including teachers of university woodwind methods courses adopting it as their textbook. Get your copy in PDF format or in paperback from Amazon.
- Make sure to stay connected in 2018 via RSS, Twitter, and/or Facebook for more woodwind stuff.
Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing, and otherwise connecting in 2017. See you next year!