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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.

 

Introduction

This section deals with some fairly basic issues faced by band directors of primary, secondary and even college level bands. It is far from being comprehensive, however, and there will also probably be some things I have said with which some visitors to this website will disagree. Few professional musicians are able to agree with each other totally about methods and techniques. For this reason, it is probably best to assume that anything a competent player has to say about such matters is worth listening to. The various ideas and concepts introduced here - as well as in several other sections of this website - should best be seen as helpful starting points rather than ironclad prescriptions. Ultimately, what is most important is what works best for you and your band.

 

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