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1. Rehearsal Rooms

Struggling to improve the acoustics in your band room? Check out how the Medan Band did it.

2. Concerned about playing swing music properly?

Check out my guidelines

3. Ear training exercises for bands

Unlike piano players, ear training is essential for wind band performers. But how many band directors bother to give their bands suitable exercises?

4. Intonation problems

While tuning is simple act of adjusting a length of tubing on a wind instrument (often by reference to a single note), intonation is an ongoing process in which a player strives to match the pitch of others in the ensemble during performance. 

5. “Blowing” a wind instrument

A common misconception among wind players is to believe that the air moves through the instrument in order to produce the sound. This is simply not true. 

6. Conducting – suggestions for home practice

The best way for a conductor to improve is in front of a live ensemble. The unfortunate reality, however, is that this is not always possible. Aspiring conductors therefore have little choice but to find other ways of honing their skills.

 

Brass

Introduction
Definition
Design Issues
Conical and Cylindrical Brasses
Bore size and flare
Brass Alloys and Finishes
Mouthpieces
The Rim
Cup Depth and Diameter
Cup Shape
The Throat
The Backbore
The Shank
Material, Weight and Thickness
Numbering Systems
Selecting a Mouthpiece
The Player
Physical Requirements
Initiating the Sound
Embouchure Formation
Mouthpiece Placement
Common Embouchure Problems
Excessive Pressure
Bunched Chin
Smile Embouchure
Lip Protrusion
Orthodontic Braces
Lip Slurs
Mutes
Straight Mute
Cup Mute
Harmon Mute
Other Mutes
Warm Ups
Care and Maintenance

 

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