The Instrumentalist

Articles April 2014

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Rehearsal Techniques:
Tips and Tricks That Make Everything Better
“Have band members add a + or – to their dynamic markings, to emphasize listening for balance across an ensemble. Just because a player has a forte marking does not mean it is the most important part.”
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Interview:
A Conversation with Martin Hebda
On developing a characteristic instrument sound, Hebda says, “One key is having students play with someone who is better than they are. This is where your best student leaders can make the biggest difference.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Flute Intonation
“Flutes should never be balanced or held with the left hand thumb. The goal in developing a fabulous technique is to balance the flute so when playing, the fingers simply close keys effortlessly and there is no shifting or rolling of the flute in the players’ hands.”
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Teaching:
Five Aspects of Great Musicianship
“In our formal preparations, we spend so much time fixated on starting notes together, and maintaining energy through the note, that we can easily neglect the back of the note.”
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Jazz:
The Recipe for Advanced Jazz Improvisation
“I find that if we learn the melody and the chord progression in several keys, say three, and can improvise smoothly, the other nine keys aren’t nearly as difficult to master.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
The Virtues of Bassoon
Beginning band works are often in Bb major, but young bassoonists are more likely to thrive with music in C major.
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Life of Reely:
Old Days

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Obituary:
Gary Czapinski (1941-2013)

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