The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2012

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Feature:
2012 Midwest Preview
Some of the clinicians and conductors at the upcoming Midwest Clinic share tips and tricks of the trade.
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Conducting Clinic:
Making the Most of Marches
“Seek any excuse to play softer by emphasizing the dynamic changes by one level. Consider identifying shades of piano, mezzoforte, and forte that give room to shape the phrase to musically enhance the natural rise and fall of the melody.”
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Jazz:
Jazz Advocacy in the 21st Century, Spreading the Good Word to a New Audience
The director of the legendary One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas offers his thoughts on jazz advocacy. “I believe that there is a large portion of our society that is starving for great art and does not even know it.”
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String Clinic:
Developing Violin Vibrato
“Students quickly understand the feel of a loose and easy vibrato when they work on a shaking motion without the violin. Create a shaker that has a similar width as the violin fingerboard. Shake slowly to work on fluidity and flexibility and then shake quickly to isolate the impulse that initiates an exciting vibrato."
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Woodwind Clinic:
Exercises for Oboists
Crowing the reed shows whether it is vibrating properly. If the reed is properly vibrating, there should be three distinct Cs, the lowest of which often sounds like a multiphonic.
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Percussion Clinic:
Ear Training for Percussionists
“If the band is playing a C major chord, the timpanist should be able to hear the E in that chord and retune the drums based on that.”
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Life of Reely:
New Year’s Resolutions For Others

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Notes from Northfield:
Making Musical Memories

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Personal Perspective:
Teaching to a Higher Purpose: Alternatives to Competition

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