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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.

 

Percussion

Introduction
Notational Problems
Classifying Percussion Instruments
Idiophones
Membranophones
Chordophones
Aerophones
Electrophones
The Snare Drum
Selecting the Instrument
Playing Position
Beating Area
Holding the Sticks
The Basic Stroke
Tuning
The Timpani
Positioning
Holding the Mallets
The Basic Stroke
The Cross Beat
Beating Area
Tuning
Timpani Heads
Using Different Mallets
Keyboard Percussion
The Basic Stroke
Mallets
Beating Area
The Chimes
The Bass Drum
The Cymbals
Other Percussion Instruments

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