Posts tagged “dynamics”

January 22, 2019

Decrescendo to zero

Woodwind players often struggle with decrescendos that quit too soon. (“Decrescendi” if you prefer.) It’s pretty disappointing to play a graceful phrase and have the last note end abruptly instead of fading down smoothly to zero. There’s not a special technique to deploy in order to make successful decrescendos to niente. This delicate dynamic effect ...

September 24, 2015

Woodwind dynamics and the embouchure

There's a lot of confusion about how different dynamic levels are produced on woodwind instruments. How do you think it's done? If you said something like "blow harder or softer," you are asking for trouble.

June 4, 2013

Playing full-spectrum music

I’m far from being a photography expert, but I do have one trick. (This is a music-related post, I promise.) In general, good photos take advantage of the eye’s full light-to-dark range. In other words, the very darkest part of the photo should be very black, and the very lightest part should be very white. ...
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