Posts in category “Woodwind playing and pedagogy”

July 13, 2018

Reedmaking and choosing your college oboe or bassoon professor

If you're considering a school where you might study with someone who isn't a performer on your double reed instrument, it would be worthwhile to find out their plan for teaching you reedmaking.

July 7, 2018

Problem-specific vs. general solutions

I hinted at this idea in my recent post about clarinet undertones: Many of the ideas shared by the distinguished authors seemed like just descriptions of good basic clarinet technique (“ensure correct, stable embouchure formation,” “establish breath support/air pressure before releasing tongue”). … If you can play with a beautiful, characteristic tone, mostly in tune, ...

June 20, 2018

Voicing and clarinet undertones

A few months ago I shared a list of published opinions on how to avoid undertones on the clarinet. Many of the ideas shared by the distinguished authors seemed like just descriptions of good basic clarinet technique (“ensure correct, stable embouchure formation,” “establish breath support/air pressure before releasing tongue”). I agree that the most important ...

May 24, 2018

Q&A: Woodwind doubling

Answers to questions submitted for the blog's 10th anniversary.

May 24, 2018

Q&A: Reeds

Answers to questions submitted for the blog's 10th anniversary.

May 24, 2018

Q&A: Voicing

Answers to questions submitted for the blog's 10th anniversary.

May 24, 2018

Q&A: Instrument purchases

Answers to questions submitted for the blog's 10th anniversary.

May 7, 2018

Saxophone low notes

The saxophone's lowest notes can be notoriously unresponsive. For the best chance at successful low notes, here's what you will need.

March 17, 2018

Avoiding clarinet undertones: published techniques

Clarinet "undertones" or "grunts" are the unpleasant low sounds that happen usually at the beginning of tongued upper-clarion-register notes (about written G to C, above the staff). My sense is that there isn't a lot of consensus or clarity among clarinetists about how exactly to prevent this.

March 7, 2018

A minimal Little-Jake electric bassoon setup

Be sure to check out my recent interview with Trent Jacobs, the inventor of the Little-Jake bassoon/woodwind pickup. During the past year I got myself a Little-Jake to experiment with some electrified bassoon playing. I didn’t know much about using electronics in this way, and it took some research and trial-and-error to figure out exactly ...
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