The Instrumentalist

Articles April 2011

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Roundtable Discussion:
Inside the Minds Of the Reviewers
Our music reviewers share their thoughts and the steps they take when evaluating new scores.
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Online Exclusive:
Subtle and Overlooked Factors Change the Difficulty of Music
An experienced music reviewer offers hints to help directors choose music that is challenging but not overwhelming. "If students are stuck on one piece for an extended time, the repetitive work will drain their enthusiasm and they will not experience the joy of playing a work so well that they can add subtle nuances to it."
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Conducting Clinic:
Comments from a Contest Judge
One of the most common balance problems is saxophonists playing too loudly. This is often because there are too many saxes. If the part says forte but there are six altos, they should mark the dynamic down to at least mezzo-forte.
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Conducting Clinic:
How Dance Techniques Improve Conducting
“Conductors often think that lightness is demonstrated by using no resistance with the body or arms. The opposite is actually necessary; light movement requires the muscles to engage. Using no resistance simply makes the arms flop around like a wet noodle.”
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Life of Reely:
Text Speak
Trey uses text messaging shorthand to speed up the pace of rehearsals.
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Personal Perspective:
Inspired by Marching
Marching rehearsals are a good place to build on the most important aspects of a good concert band.
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