Posts for December 2018

December 31, 2018

Favorite blog posts, December 2018

Hand-picked high-quality woodwind-related blog posts from around the web, December 2018 edition.

December 22, 2018

The difference between “student” and “professional” instruments

Visit a music store or an instrument maker’s website and you will frequently see band instruments sorted into categories like “student,” “intermediate/step-up,” and “professional.” It’s important to understand that these distinctions are not bound to any specific criteria, and not policed by any governing body. The labels have a lot to do with target market, ...

December 14, 2018

FAQ: Ligatures

These are questions I am often asked about clarinet or saxophone ligatures, by blog readers or by my students. Is there a ligature that can accomplish _____ for me? If you are looking for something to hold the reed onto the mouthpiece, then yes. If you are hoping to achieve something loftier, then probably not. ...

December 10, 2018

Things beginning band directors say to clarinet sections

Tough love for teachers of beginning clarinetists.
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