Resources on this site
- Woodwind Doubling for the 21st-century Saxophonist: Increasing Versatility without Sacrificing Virtuosity handout from 2010 NASA Biennial conference.
- Problems Saxophonist-Doublers Have (Try Not to Sound Like a Saxophone Player, Okay?) handout from 2010 NASA Biennial conference.
- “Jack of all trades”: Tips on doubling by Evan Tate. Discusses a gig-oriented approach to practice and preparation for doublers. Hosted here by Mr. Tate’s kind permission.
More woodwind doublers’ blogs
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- Doubling by John Cipolla. General information and tips on saxophone-clarinet-flute doubling, including a video demonstration of Mr. Cipolla doing his thing. The study materials list and especially the listening list are extremely valuable.
- Woodwind Doubling by Mary AllyeB Purtle. Practical information on 5-woodwind doubling (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone). Includes comparisons of embouchure, vibrato, etc., on the various instruments.
- Doubling by Art Bouton. Tips on doubling, including recommended instrument setups and study materials.
- Flexibility and Marketability for the Woodwind Doubler by TSgt John Dawson. A few questions and answers on doubling.
- Doubling: extracts from FLUTE discussion group Larry Krantz makes some excellent arguments against doubling. Worth a look.
- The Woodwind Fingering Guide moderated by Timothy Reichard. Exhaustive fingering charts for all the major woodwinds plus a few odd ones. Alternate fingerings, trills, tremolos, microtones, flattement, and multiphonics. In a word, invaluable.
- Tuning Woodwinds by Dr. Joe Wolfe. Thoughts on tuning each of the woodwinds, and on tuning woodwind sections. Dr. Wolfe is a musician and a physics professor with expertise in musical acoustics.
- Woodwind Doublers in the LA Studios by Richard Simon. From Windplayer magazine. Very interesting article including interviews with such master doublers as Dan Higgins, Gene Cipriano, and Terry Harrington.
- Beyond Broadway: Secrets to Becoming a Successful Theater Musician from Leading Contractors in the Field by Michael Manley. Reprinted on the Clarinet Pages message board, from the AFM International Musician.
- Woodwind Doubling: Double the Challenge, Double the Benefits by Lindsey Berthiaume. A no-nonsense article for music educators on saxophone-clarinet-flute doubling (advises against double reeds in most cases). Addresses the benefits and risks of starting a student on a second instrument, as well as tips for ensuring success. From School Band and Orchestra magazine.
Orchestration and arranging
- Jazz Arranging Tutorial: Woodwind Doubles by Doug Bristol. Geared toward arranging for jazz big bands.
- Composition, Orchestration & Arranging: Woodwind by Pete Thomas. Contains a few remarks about doubling. Also has some useful info about the strengths and limitations of various members of the woodwind section, including the full clarinet, saxophone, and flute/piccolo families, oboe and English horn, bassoon and contrabassoon.