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Reeds 101 Part 2: How do you Take Care of Woodwind Reeds?

- 2/6/2020 7:09:35 AM

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How do you preserve reeds? How long does a reed last? Once you’ve found the perfect reed, here’s how to keep it playable for as long as possible.


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How to Find the Right Step-up Instrument

- 1/28/2020 7:32:07 AM

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Which step-up instrument should I choose? How much will the instrument cost? If you haven’t yet, check out last week’s post about how to know when you are ready for a step-up instrument. 


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What is the Brass Family?

- 1/18/2020 9:36:54 AM

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What is the brass family of instruments? The brass family encompasses a wide variety of sound, from the bright brassy tones of a trumpet to the more mellow sound of the French horn.

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What Instrument Should I Play?

- 1/17/2020 8:23:30 AM



What instrument should I play? When starting band or orchestra, students are faced with so many options for what instrument to play. The list of instruments to choose from can be overwhelming.  
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What is the Best Clarinet or Saxophone Mouthpiece for me?

- 1/17/2020 8:05:44 AM

Many of us have been playing on the mouthpieces that our clarinet or saxophone came with for a long time, probably without questioning it. But if you are still playing on your beginner or stock mouthpiece, it may be time to upgrade your mouthpiece.
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Reeds 101 (Part 1): How to Choose the Right Woodwind Reeds

- 1/16/2020 11:48:19 AM


How do I choose a clarinet reed? What strength reed should I choose? Ask any woodwind reed player and they will tell you: reeds are everything.
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