While browsing youtube the other day, I came across a video of saxophones being made at the Keilwerth factory. I am a geek of the highest order when it comes to this kind of stuff and could watch it for hours. This, of course, meant that I looked up other videos and I want to share some of those with you today. I was looking for videos for all of the woodwinds, but couldn’t find any oboe or bassoon videos. If you know of any, please feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll add it to this post.
Brannen Bros. Flutes
Fox Bassoons – Thanks to Bret Pimentel for this one!
This is the first video of 7. You can find all of the videos here.
Bonus video! Reeds
I purchased one of these a few months ago from Flute World for about $30 and have had nice success for myself and working with students. You can use it as a standalone product, but it also fits into the body of the flute so you can work on your airstream while simulating other parts of playing (fingering, posture, etc.) It is dead simple to use and there is an almost immediate improvement in tone. Remember to put a penny on top of the Pneumo Pro to keep it balanced so you and your students are playing with proper technique. Click on the banner below to check out the Blocki Flute site and learn more about the Pneumo Pro.
Here’s a video of one of the great flute players/teachers, Robert Dick. Some of the information is flute specific, but the mechanics of breathing that Dick describes can apply to everyone. I found the part about opening the ribcage intriguing and I want to spend some time with that.
Saxophonist and flutist James Moody passed away today, December 9, from pancreatic cancer at age 85. There is a nice article about his life here from Jazz Times.
I just added a page to my site called Sights and Sounds. I’ve posted some recordings and videos of me from the last several years. Hope you enjoy!
Today’s ii-V was played on flute by Joe Farrell on Spain from Chick Corea’s 1972 Light As A Feather album.
Today we have the first double-time ii-V of the day. Don’t let that scare you away – the line makes a lot of sense and I think it’s pretty accessible. Just think of it as getting twice as many notes for your money.
In the Dmin7 measure, we start off with a descending G dominant bebop scale that goes to the downbeat of the G7 ending on the 3rd (B). Then on the first beat of that G7 measure the G7 chord is outlined and followed by an ascending diminished scale. That scale goes up to Bb before turning around and descending to land on the 3rd of the CMaj7 (E) on the downbeat of that chord. The CMaj7 measure has diatonic 7th chords followed by 3-5-2-1 to finish the line.
Spain usually begins with a slow rubato section lifted from the second movement of Joaquín Rodrigo’s 1939 Concierto de Aranjuez. This is followed by a faster section with a melody built on the chord progression of the opening section. The blowing section is a repeating 24-measure progression.
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