The Instrumentalist

Articles January 2013

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Interview:
An Interview with Robert Rumbelow
“Band directors frequently talk about breathing, but we do not do so in terms of style and ensemble. Students should breathe together in the style of the music; this links an ensemble at a basic level.”
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Roundtable Discussion:
Views from the Judges
Top music educators with extensive adjudicating experience share insights on how to produce the best possible experience for your ensemble.
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Teaching:
Solving Ensemble Intonation Mysteries
RoAnn Romines. “Half of the time, bad pitch occurs because ensemble has not been taught to play with a characteristic tone quality or listen for balance. Balance and tone quality are the root of the problem of intonation in many ensembles.”
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Brass Clinic:
Daily Maintenance And Core Practice
“Playing and establishing a daily maintenance routine every morning will better attune students to which fundamentals need attention in the later core practice session.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Clarinet Hand Position
“Holding two tennis balls imprints the correct shape of both hands for holding the clarinet in a C formation without collapsing the wrists.”
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Teaching:
Strengthening Second Chair: How Professional Players Balance the Section Sound
“The second, third, and fourth voices must play with greater volume during tutti passages because higher frequencies, which are almost always found in upper parts, sound more intense to the audience than lower frequencies do.”
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Instrumentalist Classic:
Taking Five with Dave Brubeck
A look back at the jazz great in a 1987 interview.
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Life of Reely:
News Flashes from the Podium

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