The Instrumentalist

Articles June 2014

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Interview:
Jazz for Everybody, An Interview with Ron Carter
Carter tells his students to find out who their favorite players studied with and to listen to these musicians as well. “Study Duke Ellington and Count Basie. If you study those two bands, then everything else falls within there.”
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String Clinic:
Adapting Original Music to Fit Your Orchestra
“The easiest way to adapt parts is simply to change octaves. A band director I observed would frequently ask much of his flute section to take passages down an octave, leaving only a few students to play the part as written.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Differences in Clarinet and Saxophone Pedagogy
“Have students think of a straight saxophone. The bell would not be pointed straight out or at a 45-degree angle, but rather, somewhere in between. Any students who struggle to visualize this should try it with just the mouthpiece and the neck.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Giving the Tuning Note
“Oboists typically want their sound to sing and cut through the ensemble, and this preference for brightness often leads to sharpness in pitch. To counter this tendency, throughout practice sessions oboists should recalibrate their ears back to A=440 through the use of a drone pitch.”
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Marching:
Physical, Mental, and Musical, A Foundation for Marching Season
“When the students see the band directors, many of whom are twice their age, performing the exercises with ease, the initial complaints quickly give way to ‘I can’t wait to beat Mr. Miller on the run today.’”
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Notes from Northfield:
The Lost Art of Musical Interpretation

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Life of Reely:
Temper, Temper

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