“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.”
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. Continue reading
“It is the only text that I have seen that deals completely and exclusively with this subject.”
“This comprehensive volume, rich with artistic and commercial applications, is sure to become the bible for both aspiring and established woodwind players.”
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.