15. June 2011 · Comments Off on The Queen Is Here · Categories: Double Reeds, Videos

… with a lotta double reeds!

Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Ensemble Palhetas Duplas
Washington Barella and Ricardo Lopes, soloists

15. June 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

In a sweet twist of fate, when [name here]‘s new oboe was checked out to him yesterday, he found a note inside the case from his former section leader (Yes. That girl.) who is moving on to high school, instructing the new owner to take care of “her”, and wishing them good luck and best of wishes. He actually blushed when he handed me the note.

Ah, middle school! (I absolutely love teaching middle school kids!)

15. June 2011 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I had no idea if I wanted anyone to know I was doing it, because I knew how hard it was going to be. I was afraid I would suck. I don’t mind failing so much, but I am a perfectionist. … If you’re a perfectionist and you know you’re about to do something at which you cannot be perfect … then that is daunting because you know what your heart is like and the way you approach your work. … It was difficult to say ‘Hold onto your socks America, I’m singing Sondheim.’

-Stephen Colbert


15. June 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™ Ntxoov Muas Hawj · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

Ntxoov Muas Hawj is a Hmong instrument

(I’m fairly sure this is a free reed instrument. Not sure if I’ve got the name correct … I rely on whoever labeled the YouTube video.)

15. June 2011 · Comments Off on A Resurrection of Sorts? · Categories: Announcements

I do hope so!

Under the new name Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the former musicians of the Honolulu Symphony intend to play the first concert of a new season in October, their artistic advisor said Tuesday.

JoAnn Falletta, in an appearance on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, said she was quite sure the orchestra would launch its season in October, she was working rapidly to put a season together.

“It’s very difficult especially since we’re putting together a season — we hope now — starting this fall, starting in October,” Falletta said.

When asked if there is a real chance for that, Falletta answered, “Absolutely, it’s going to happen. We’re going to start playing in October. So, you can imagine we’re about a year behind in planning, but we’re going to do it.”


15. June 2011 · Comments Off on I’ve Never Heard Tuning On A CD · Categories: Read Online

… have you?

Just read this online:

GS: What are some of the strangest things you’ve done to get a sound that you want?

YI: I was in a student orchestra for just one year, and one day I was listening to the tape of our performance Pictures at an Exhibition. While I was listening to it over and over in loops, I suddenly was attracted to the tuning part that took place before the performance. I edited the tape and cut out just the tuning portion and listened to it carefully over and over. I noticed a lot of phrases I have never noticed before. Usually orchestra tends to tune to an A provided by an oboist. The concert master adjusts the A based on this, followed by string instruments, woodwind, and brass. This is the standard procedure, so you might think all tuning sounds the same, but that is not the case. The timing of the sound played or the timing of the tuning to complete per string differs, which leads to unique “phrases” being born every time. Enlightened by this, I started collecting live CDs of orchestra around the world, which some included tuning and some not. I managed to find a few that did have tuning and searched for phrases that inspired me, cut them out, connected with other phrases I gathered, changed the pitch, controlled the keys, and created a piece of music out of this. Maybe this is not that strange?

I am guessing some live performance recordings must leave the tuning on and I’ve just never heard those.

I refuse to tell anyone about my “Personality” or “Studio Atmosphere”, after all! 😉

I am Laura WOODS, I want you to know that i got your contact e-mail while searching through your location for a private music teacher and i will like to know if my daughter can join your private music class. My daughter is coming over to your country for holiday,and at the same time i like her to join your private class. Her name is Maria, she is 16 years old, first language (English), best hobby(reading and playing). I hope you will accept her under your tutelage?. So I will really appreciate it if you could be a part time teacher for her during her stay in your area for 1 hour a day for 2 days in a week for 8 weeks period. So, kindly let me know your lesson charges per hour in order for me to arrange for the payment before she travels down to your place. I would also like to know if there is any Text Book you will recommend for her as a beginner so that she will be reading privately at home stay after the lesson during her stay.

Please Advise back on;
# Your charges per 1 hour lesson a day, twice a week for 8 weeks?
# The Day and time you will be available to teach her During the week?
# Tuition address?
# Musical education and background
# Level of experience
# Personality
# Studio Atmosphere

I will be looking forward to read from you soonest.
Best Regards.

15. June 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

sheet music/notes should be free- if it comes from our instrument, we don’t pay.