Tag Archives: Woodwinds

April 28

New Recording — Atencioso — Pixinguinha

Please take a minute to listen to this new recording i’ve made of the tune ‘Atencioso’ by the Brazilian composer Pixinguinha. I’d love to hear your feedback about the track. I’m currently putting together a concert of music that will have me performing on a variety of woodwinds and this is the first demo track […]

February 13

Woodwind doubling — Practical Advice

Here are 6 extremely practical habits that can help to improve your doubles dramatically. These are habits that I’ve acquired from years of experience doubling on multiple woodwinds. While these tips won’t help you improve your technical abilities on your instruments, I believe they are invaluable when it comes to the mechanics of actually switching […]

January 21

Henry Cowell ‘Air and Scherzo’

Does anyone know where to get the piano reduction for Henry Cowell’s ‘Air and Scherzo’ for alto saxophone and small orchestra? I played this piece for a competition years ago but seem to have lost my piano reduction. It also seems that it is not available anywhere on the internet. Henry Cowell was a true […]

August 23

Connecting notes on clarinet: A short lesson based on ‘Ceora.’

I feel that connecting notes in a truly fluid way is the most important and most challenging aspect of clarinet playing. I’m always looking for new methods to approach this subject and recently I’ve been exploring the head to Lee Morgan’s ‘Ceora’ with this in mind. I chose this tune for two reasons; because it’s […]

July 15

Daily Flute Warm Up

Warm ups. Not exactly a very sexy topic, yet so important.   I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks warming up is unimportant, yet, strangely enough, many people go about it in a haphazard or random way. While this style will no doubt get the blood flowing and help you prepare […]

July 12

The single best clarinet exercise i’ve ever learned!

6ths  <–Click to see the exercise!! That’s right, it’s that simple! This is the single best exercise for moving fluidly over the break and moving freely and fluidly throughout the clarinet’s range.   Start super slow. The goal here is not speed, it’s to move from one note to the next with no breaks or […]