Band Instruments, reeds and more..
The same reeds and gear I use for my own professional engagements, along with prices that match the big stores we offer valuable advice.Read More
(Simon Cole plays Prarie Dawn) (Copland)
Inspired by the most prized, vintage mouthpieces of the 1920s, the Reserve harnesses modern technology, pioneered by D’Addario, to recreate the incomparable craftsmanship found in these legendary works of art.Read More
One of the parents of a student was asking me about festival, who does it, how many etc. Festival is for the student not the [parents and certainly not for the teacher. Some teachers use the students the same way a dog breeder uses competitions, to promote their kennel, I do not approve of this. This is why some years I have many students in the festival other years few. It well worth reading my general advice on festivals and exams here.
Over the past 2 weeks I have played separate professional engagements on flute (classical), sax ( jazz) and clarinet (classical). Though each instrument has its own special techniques they are more similar than they are different. I say this because overwhelmingly the things that make the instrument(s) work well are basic musical skills as they pertain to woodwinds in particular: sensitive formation of the embouchure, air/breath control, shaping of the resonant chamber of the mouth appropriate to the pitch, dynamics register and desired tone color and good musicianship including having a well developed tone concept.
They are many ways to practise scales. My favourite method is as follows. I set the metronome at a nice comfortable speed, 60 to the quarter note. I play the scale in quarters, then eighths, then triplets (for a two octave scale play the scale 3x in a row so that you end up on the downbeat), then sixteenths.
Private performance April 14
PGSO April 21
Wind World Alban classical school show April 23 and 30