The Instrumentalist

Articles September 2014

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Teaching:
Mastering Intonation and Balance
“When played softly, high overtones are less audible. An upper instrument played at pp and a lower at mf will produce a more satisfactory result, both in intonation and in dynamics.”
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Interview:
A Passion for Teaching, An Interview with Dan L. Peterson
“People who are self-centered do not turn out to be as successful as those who are all in it for the group. People who are all about themselves on the podium just don’t seem to make it.”
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Jazz:
Steps to Great Improvisation
Taking the chord changes away from jazz players forces them to improvise based on the melody. “Solos sounded more natural and less stilted, because students were less hung up in the vertical aspects of playing.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
How to Choose a Piccolo Player for Band or Orchestra
“It takes a particular kind of person to embrace the challenges, potential pitfalls, and great rewards of playing an instrument like the piccolo.”
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Brass Clinic:
Quick Euphonium Tips
“Although sometimes misconceived as just a slightly modified extension of the trombone section, the warm and rich timbre of the euphonium brings a darker color to the concert band palette.”
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Teaching:
Teaching in Small High Schools
“In a rural area the band program is an important representative for the high school. It may be one of the only performing or service groups available.”
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Literature:
Fall Concerts for Young Bands
These grade 1 and 2 works make excellent choices for the first concert of the school year.
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Life of Reely:
The Lazy, Hazing Days of Summer

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Personal Perspective:
What It Takes

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