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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.

 

Chimes

Chimes consist of a set of long, tubular bells suspended by a gut string.   They are struck at the very top of the tube.  Chime mallets are often too hard.  In such cases the rawhide at the striking end may need to be softened by making cross cuts or covering it with soft leather.  Some chimes come with a damper pedal, which is used on chord changes.  Sometimes, melodic parts can be allowed to run together to accentuate the instrument’s normal clanging sound.  In general, however, the hand is used to dampen the notes.

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