The Instrumentalist

Articles May 2009

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Interview:
Tradition with Innovation, An Interview with Jeff Fiedler
“In some ways drum corps resembles an Outward Bound experience with instruments. Students are out there working in hard rain or baking heat. Surviving these obstacles shows how hard you can work.”
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Jazz Clinic:
Practicing Jazz
Spontaneous improvisation develops out of slow, deliberate practice sessions. A strong understanding of techniques and theory in the practice room leads to more rewarding results on stage.
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Teaching:
The Universe Beyond the Rehearsal Room
“I fondly remember an important marching competition where one of my bands earned top honors. Cheering the band on were students and coaches from nearly every fall sports team.”
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Teaching:
Creating and Editing Your Movies
Create attractive, professional-looking videos to put on DVD or the internet.
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Teaching:
10 Flute Tips for Band Directors
Directors often lament that the flute section has a breathy sound or is extremely sharp and shrill in the high register. These and other concerns can be easily remedied.
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String Clinic:
First Lessons on Cello
“Because of its large size, the cello can be intimidating, clumsy, and awkward for beginners. "The goal in the first lessons is to feel comfortable with the instrument and to avoid bad habits that develop from poor posture and incorrect hand positions.”
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Idea Exchange:
Musical Portraits
The Prairie Wind Ensemble devised a concert that included a memorable interaction between great music and classic paintings.
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Life of Reely:
The Unwritten Rules

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Notes from Northfield:
Two-Letter Words

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Personal Perspective:
Learned By Heart

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