Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute

The newly revised 2018 edition of Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute is a 400 page comprehensive study of the art of multiple woodwind performance divided into four parts—Historical, Pedagogical, Musical Excerpts, and Essential Resources. Recommended by woodwind artists such as Gary Foster, Ted Nash, Dan Higgins and Lawrence Feldman, the book examines each of these areas in great detail and offers the aspiring “doubler” as well as the seasoned professional insight into a sector of the music industry that has previously received little or no attention in the media or press. Interviews with noted doublers from across the U.S., extensive research, and the author’s own experience from over forty years as a successful New York doubler and music educator has served as the basis for this work.

Part One traces the evolution of the woodwind multi-instrumentalist from its origins in fourteenth-century Europe to the invention of the saxophone in the nineteenth century and ultimately to the popularity of the saxophone in twentieth-century America. An examination of the twenty-first century music industry and the saxophone doubler’s prospects for employment is presented.

Part Two deals with several aspects of performance and study. An efficient, ergonomic approach for the saxophone, clarinet and flute family of instruments is offered along with specific exercises for breathing, embouchure, and articulation development. Recommendations for studying and practicing are provided. This section concludes with an in-depth discussion of how to select, prepare, adjust and preserve reeds. Musical excerpts are provided as a means for gauging one’s success during the adjustment process.

Part Three involves musical excerpts from commercial, jazz, classical and rock idioms with specific advice on how to achieve success in executing these styles. Transcribed solos by some of the greatest woodwind performers that demonstrate the levels of musical sophistication required of doublers concludes this section.

Part Four outlines essential study materials, necessary gig equipment, woodwind artists to study in diverse musical styles, recommended recordings, and tips for succeeding as a woodwind multi-instrumentalist. A thirty-five year retrospective of Broadway musical orchestrations with emphasis on the use of woodwinds is given in order to help the reader understand the prospects and requirements for work in the musical theater.

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Praise for Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute

Lawrence Feldman on “Woodwind Doubling…”

“If you are a woodwind doubler, stop practicing until you obtain a copy of Ed Joffe’s ground breaking book so that you can figure out what the heck you are doing and why.”

Ted Nash on “Woodwind Doubling…”

“This comprehensive volume, rich with artistic and commercial applications, is sure to become the bible for both aspiring and established woodwind players.”

Review of “Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute”

Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute by Ed Joffe is a wonderful documentation of this musical art form. I particularly enjoyed the opening chapters involving the history of doublers dating as far back as the 1300’s to present day. I found this opening section very detailed and informative. Part 2 deals with the nuts and bolts including useful practice tips and focused study habits. Ed captures the full scope of the responsibilities players must achieve to guarantee success. No stone is unturned with his detailed pedagogy. Part 3 is dedicated to “hands on” examples of many musical phrases and concepts woodwind doublers will see as a professional. Some very famous pieces and solos are addressed here involving both historic and modern works. Included are numerous helpful tips to survive treacherous musical situations as a woodwind doubler. Ed also makes it very clear that the quality of technique and style is of utmost importance in the current musical climate. This is extremely important as work in this field is declining.

I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in making woodwind-doubling part of his or her musical career. The information in this book goes to the heart of musical woodwind doubling.