December 10, 2018

Things beginning band directors say to clarinet sections

Tough love for teachers of beginning clarinetists.

November 30, 2018

Favorite blog posts, November 2018

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

November 23, 2018

How to get 10 good reeds from a box

If you are getting less than 80% playable reeds from the boxes you are currently buying, buy different ones.

November 22, 2018

Discount on book and new t-shirts

I’ll keep this short: there are new t-shirts available, and everything in the store (shirts and the PDF of my book, Woodwind Basics) is priced at 1/3 off through Christmas Eve 2018 if you use coupon code reeds2018. Your purchases help pay for hosting and other site costs, and otherwise support what I’m doing ...

November 15, 2018

Planning breaths

When learning a new étude or repertoire piece, it’s common to practice at first with focus on the notes, often playing them at a slow tempo and/or divided into chunks. This is a good approach for mastering the needed finger technique, but it may neglect one of the crucial parts of a performance: breathing. In ...

November 7, 2018

Using sticky notes to focus my performance thinking

I might put in weeks or months preparing for a high-pressure performance. But all of that can fall apart pretty quickly if my head isn't in the right place.

October 31, 2018

Favorite blog posts, October 2018

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

October 29, 2018

Bassoon jaw movement: survey of published opinions

I was under the impression that there were advocates of jaw movement in bassoon articulation. A skimming of some pedagogical materials at hand seems to debunk this.

October 20, 2018

Hi, come on in, you’re right on time for your lesson.

I have lots on things on my list for you today: we should double-check your rhythms on that etude, review those melodic minor scales that were giving you trouble last week, and discuss some finer points of vibrato. But something about your sunken eyes when I met you at the door, the way you slouched ...

October 5, 2018

Clarifying woodwind doubling goals

Should you be a woodwind doubler? I think it's worth considering exactly what you mean.
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