Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute

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The newly revised 2021 edition of Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute is an expanded 436-page comprehensive study of the art of multiple woodwind performance divided into four parts—Historical, Pedagogical, Musical Excerpts, and Essential Resources. This edition includes a new chapter on equipment; a new section on “Playing In Tune”; an enhanced study of the breathing process; additional transcriptions, musical exercises and historical photos; up-to-date information on the hiring prospects for woodwind doublers; and an expanded list of recommended recordings and study materials for multi-woodwind performers. Endorsed by woodwind artists such as Gary Foster, Ted Nash, Dick Oatts, Dan Higgins and Lawrence Feldman, Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute  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-five years as a successful New York woodwind performer and music educator has served as the basis for this work. This book has become a source of reference internationally in eleven countries.

Part One traces the evolution of the woodwind multi-instrumentalist from its origins in 14th Century Europe to the 19th Century invention of the saxophone and ultimately to the role that the saxophone and its practitioners played in establishing woodwind doubling in 21st Century America. An examination of the current state of the music industry and the doubler’s prospects for employment is presented.

Part Two deals with several aspects of performance and study. Efficient, ergonomic approaches for the saxophone, clarinet and flute family of instruments is offered along with specific exercises to improve one’s breathing efficiency, embouchure development, articulation, vibrato, and tone production. Recommendations for how to study, practice and play “in tune” are provided along with a discussion of mouthpieces, ligatures, headjoints, pads, barrels, bells, straps, etc. This section concludes with an in-depth discussion of reeds—the process for selection, preparation, adjustment and preservation. 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, rock and pop idioms with specific advice on how to achieve success in executing these styles. This section concludes with transcribed solos by some of the greatest woodwind performers which serve to demonstrate the levels of musical sophistication required of doublers.

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 forty-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 & Flute

Dick Oatts on “Woodwind Doubling…”

“I have been a friend and fan of Ed Joffe for 40 years and I feel he is one of the world’s most knowledgeable and dedicated woodwind specialists. He defines what it means to be called a “complete musician.” I feel his recent “Woodwind Doubling” book is the most comprehensive study on the art of Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet doubling in existence. This information is invaluable and should be in every aspiring reed player’s musical library. I only wish it had been available in my earlier years. This is the most tangible work ever done on this topic and will always prove to be a valuable reference in my teaching Studio at Temple University and wherever/whomever I might be in a position to guide.”

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.”

Dan Higgins on “Woodwind Doubling…”

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.

Gary Gray on “Woodwind Doubling…”

“I’m ALWAYS learning new information from your Book on woodwind doubling!
You have covered so many great woodwind players and discussed their styles and where they performed and other details…I use it with my UCLA students at every lesson!”

FluteJournal.com endorses “Woodwind Doubling…”

“The book cuts no corners in a field that jointly specializes, yet is a common area for so many working woodwind players…. Joffe stresses acquiring performance skills in a variety of styles which is essential advice to a student or working doubler. This is the only way that success, both in working and musical fulfillment, can be achieved…. The many areas that this book covers include Broadway and West End shows, Film Score recordings, Big Band and Small Group Jazz and Commercial Studio sessions. There are a wealth of musical examples provided, all of which are expertly presented clearly and articulately, utilizing the latest music software on offer.”