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Category Archives: Practice Tips

Turn Listening into Playing

In my previous two posts I mentioned how important I believe it is for musicians to develop their listening skills, both to recognise styles and to be able to build the sound of their playing. This is where the rubber meets the road, and in this post I hope to show how to turn listening into playing.

More Listening Thoughts

In my last post I wrote about the importance of listening to music and how having a healthy collection of recordings can help your development as a player. I thought I would expand on some of the benefits of listening and share some more listening thoughts on how you can use it in your daily practice. [...] READ MORE

Circular Breathing in Music

Sooo… you wanna play those really, really long notes that go on forever, along with the likes of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Courtney Pine, Sonny Rollins, Kenny G, Colin Stetson, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and going as far back as Harry Carney, Duke Ellington’s baritone specialist, or ? You need to learn circular breathing – and I’m going to explain how.

Mouthpiece Placement and Intonation

From this article, I hope that you gain an understanding of how moving the mouthpiece on the neck cork affects the instrument as a whole. There is a delicate relationship between the notes played with the left hand and the notes played with the right hand as well as an interplay with the instruments key heights and ultimately its tone. Where you place the mouthpiece on the neck cork is both a result of and an effect of these variables.

7 Keys to Enhance Your Breathing

Breathing for Musicians Megan Kenny is one of Melbourne's premier flautists There is much written about breathing for wind instrumentalists and it can be quite overwhelming and complicated taking in all the information available. My intention is to simplify things and give some suggestions and exercises to work with. "When breathing goes wrong nothing goes [...] READ MORE

Backun MoBa Throat Notes

The purpose of this booklet is to maintain our collective curiosity about the myriad of possibilities to be expressive with the clarinet. There have been many books on fingerings printed in the past. Hopefully, there will be many more in the future. However, if you are able to find even one fingering useful, the mission […] READ MORE

Start Playing Again!

You had a great time playing an instrument at school but later on, things got in the way and you stopped playing? Very few people lose their passion for playing music. Things just sometimes get in the way and people stop playing for one reason or another. There is no doubt that adults who come […] READ MORE