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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