Advanced Midi Arranging- Part 2

“Air from Water Music Suite in F” Download instructions and examples here- Midi Arranging Advanced-Pt 2 Adjust note values Midi files will write exactly what was played when the music was first entered and for that reason, many of the notes will be cut shorter than what we would like.…

Advanced Midi Arranging – Part 1

“Air from Water Music Suite in F” Download instructions and examples here- Midi Arranging Advanced-Pt 1 1. Original Open Finale Song Writer. Use wizard to set score for four trombone lines. Change first three lines to treble clef and keep the fourth line in bass clef. Save as “Water Music-…

Getting Started At Midi Arranging

Download work sheet here- Getting Started At Midi Arranging Listen to MP3 examples here- MP3 musical examples 1. Access material for project Open your Internet Browser and paste this URL in the box at the top. http://www.barbershop.org/document-center/category/19-free-music-for-printing.html 2. Print sheet music Print out sheet music for “You’re a Grand Old…

High Range Methods- Current Approaches

This posting includes a warning! “What you are about to read and view, can be of help to playing more easily in the upper register. This material includes very reasonable and sensible methods and, if followed carefully, should improve you high notes. Also in this post are examples of extremely…

High Range Methods- Pedal Tones

The use of pedal tones is like eating Chinese food; you either love it or hate it. I’m not sure who should be given credit for the use of pedal tones but my guess would be that it had something to do with playing the Circus. If you have ever…

High Range Methods- Traditional

I will group the “Old School” approach to improving high range as any method using traditional methods which would include improvement one half-step at a time over a period with constant repetition. The highest note in the entire Arban Method is only a high C. Did you ever wonder why…

High Range Trumpet Methods- Introduction

One of the most asked questions from students is this, “How can I learn to play high notes?” Seldom do players ask how they can improve their tone, endurance or any of the equally important areas of development. While giving clinics both with the faculty brass quintet as well as…

Why Should I Extend My Third Slide On Low D?

Band directors are constantly asking their students to adjust their instruments on out of tune notes and unfortunately many students are unaware of the need. I will try to first identify the most difficult notes and suggest some exercises which will help students know exactly how much adjustment needs to…

How Can I Learn To Play Jazz?

I have been involved with jazz music most of my life and have been asked that question often. Many books and systems have been written on this subject and most will improve your ability to improvise, but I have learned through close observation of many players, not everyone can excel…

Buying Music in a Tight Economy- Part 3

Inexpensive High Range Duets You may be wondering why I would be suggesting a clarinet duet book for high range practicing rather than a trumpet duet book. The fact is the best high range duet book I have seen is the old Bud Brisbois trumpet duet book “Trumpets Today” and…