The Instrumentalist

Articles December 2009

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Literature:
Holst's First Suite, A Century of Memories
Distinguished conductors and composers share their memories and suggestions about Holst’s Suite in E flat, which turns 100 this year. James Barnes says of the Vivace, “Play it as lightly as possible and don’t spare the tempo.”
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Teaching:
Musical Warm - ups
“I sometimes ask students to rate their playing on a scale of 1-10. By frequently asking students questions about their performance, they learn to pay attention to their sound as well as that of the ensemble.”
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Miscellaneous:
2009 Midwest Clinic
The location has changed, but the tradition of excellent concerts and clinics remains. We chatted with some of the performers and clinicians to get a taste of what this year’s convention had to offer.
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Brass Clinic:
Tuba Pedal Tones
“If any doubt remains as to the merits of adding this capability to the tuba section, simply ask one tubist to play his pedal B flat under a full B-flat chord with the band. You will hear an entirely new, commanding depth of sound.”
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Life of Reely:
Mistakes Teachers Make
Trey takes a serious look at what directors could do better. “Better than any compliment is the power if interest. By this I mean showing interest in students’ lives – their hobbies, jobs, and other activities.”
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Teaching:
Voice Lessons for Instrumentalists
“Before studying voice, I thought I had a good sense of intonation, but my voice instructor soon cured that delusion.”
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Notes from Northfield:
At Home at the Hilton

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