The Instrumentalist

Articles March 2010

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Interview:
Catching Up With David Holsinger
“Many composers set aside a time of day when they are most apt to feel inspired, but I tend to just grab any chance I get. When an idea is there, the notes on the page come easily.”
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Teaching:
Smooth as Silk, Advice for Better Honor Bands
“Over the past 32 years I’ve been witness to any number of misadventures that have hindered my work on the podium as a guest. Although some of these seem humorous now, the sad fact is that most of the mistakes caused serious problems for the students.”
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Teaching:
A High-Tech Approach to Holding Clinics
With the right equipment, it is possible for a clinician to help your ensemble from a remote location.
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Woodwind Clinic:
Taming the Oboe
"There is nothing more difficult about playing the oboe than any other instrument, but because most directors have first-hand experience with poor-sounding oboes in rehearsals and concerts, they are reluctant to have these 'ill winds' in their ensembles."
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Percussion Clinic:
Mallet Percussion Tips
"The bars on a marimba begin losing resonance if the roll strokes happen so fast that a bar is not allowed to vibrate. That a roll can be too fast is sometimes a revelation to students who are accustomed to playing rolls that match the tempo."
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Life of Reely:
Updates
Trey looks back over a day’s worth of Facebook status updates.
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Notes from Northfield:
The Invisible Man
Did J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, leave new works to share with the world?
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