Favorite blog posts, February 2018

  • Flutist Nicole Riner assigns her students repertoire that reinforces skill development (a re-“print” from the 2012 A Flutist’s Handbook: Pedagogy Anthology Vol. 2).
  • Oboist Stephen Caplan reconsiders concentration in performance.
  • Bassoonist Barry Stees shares a simple but revealing way to test reeds.
  • Flutist Jessica Dunnavant discusses her complicated relationship with university teaching.
  • David Pierce considers a pedagogical order for the Vivaldi bassoon concertos (a re-“print” from a 1987 article in the Journal of the International Double Reed Society) [update: link dead].
  • Oboist Jennet Ingle figures out how to give a good tuning A every time.
  • Saxophonist Helen Kahlke avoids germs on the gig.

Favorite blog posts, May 2017

Favorite blog posts, February 2016

Some woodwind blog posts I liked in February:

  • Bassoonist Barry Stees shares an interesting idea about reed autopsies, plus a method for practicing the Rite of Spring solo.
  • Oboist Patty Mitchell has some advice for students who think they have unfixable technique problems.
  • Rachel Taylor Geier has some suggestions if you need more flute etudes to work on.
  • Saxophonist Andy Austin discusses the role of passion in pursuing a musical career.
  • Specific instrument brand/model recommendations should always be taken with a grain of salt, but woodwind doubler Josh Johnson discusses the importance of backup instruments, plus some of the issues involved with choosing instruments for situations where crack-proofness is important.
  • Clarinetist Meri Dolevski-Lewis shares a process for developing sight-transposition skills [update: link dead].
  • Flutist Jennifer Cluff offers some ideas on increasing success on the problematic high B.
  • Jolene Harju plays the flute with her feet. (Okay, it’s really a post about having “a grounded, rooted connection between the feet and the floor.”)
  • Gaenor Burchett-Vass discovers some favorite treasures of the English horn repertoire [update: link dead].
  • Clarinetist Sandy Herrera seeks a new balance between a musical career and family life after having a baby. (Congratulations, Sandy!)

Favorite blog posts, January 2016

Some nice work from woodwind bloggers in January:

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Favorite blog posts, October 2015

Lots of great woodwind blogging this month!

Favorite blog posts, April 2015


Favorite blog posts, December 2014

Some highlights from the woodwind blogosphere in December:

Favorite blog posts, November 2014

Here’s good stuff from the woodwind blogs in November. The flutists and bassoonists were especially busy this month.

Favorite blog posts, October 2014

Lots of very fine woodwind-related blog posts this month.

Favorite blog posts, April 2014