Compunix BlogDavid French Music Blog French Music Blog 2010 Beginner's Guide to Practice How can I practice more efficiently? How can I improve my playing through practice? Practicing on your own is essential to growing as a musician. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 07:36:52 GMT Buying Guide What is the best trombone for a beginner? How do you know if a trombone is good? Follow this trombone buyer’s guide to choose the right trombone for you!Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:25:27 GMT to Change a String Is it hard to change violin strings? How long does it take to change violin strings? Why do violin strings break?  Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:14:53 GMT can I Make Practicing at Home fun?How can I practice at home? How can I motivate myself to practice? If practicing from home makes you feel bored or unmotivated, this post is just for you! Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:21:30 GMT How do you Take Care of Your Reeds?   How long does a reed last? How do you take care of them? Once you’ve found the perfect reed, here’s how to keep it playable for as long as possible. Thu, 06 Feb 2020 07:09:35 GMT Buying Guide What should I look for when buying a trumpet? How do I know which trumpet to buy for a beginner? Shopping for a new trumpet can be both exciting and overwhelming.Wed, 05 Feb 2020 07:11:32 GMT is a Ligature? What is a ligature? How do you put on a ligature? The ligature holds the reed on the mouthpiece and greatly affects an instrument's sound. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 08:22:06 GMT Buying Guide What flute should I buy? Whether you are looking to purchase your first flute or are hoping to step up to an intermediate or professional flute, you will find there are many different options available.Wed, 29 Jan 2020 08:16:35 GMT Beginner's Guide to Concerts What should you expect for your first music concert? A student’s first concert is an exciting time! It is a chance to share with an audience of family and friends the hard work that the student has put in individually and with the ensemble over time.Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:46:06 GMT Can’t Make a Sound on my Instrument!“I can’t make a sound on my instrument!” Struggling to play an instrument as a beginner can be frustrating. Follow these tips to make your first sound and to ensure success as you start a new instrument. Wed, 29 Jan 2020 07:27:02 GMT to Find the Right Step-up Instrument Which step-up instrument should I choose? How much will the instrument cost? This post will help you pick the best instrument for you and make stepping up to a professional instrument more affordable.  Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:32:07 GMT is the String Family? What is the string family? What are the characteristics of the string family? Read this post for an overview of the string family and to find out if the string family is right for you! Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:29:05 GMT is the Percussion Family? What is the percussion family? Read this post to learn more about this unique instrument family and its role in the band!Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:11:08 GMT do you Practice for a Music Audition? How do you practice for an audition? How do you calm down before a music audition? If you are auditioning for Districts, All-States, a music school or another competition, this post will help!Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:01:33 GMT do I Know if my Instrument Needs Repairs? How do I know if my instrument needs to be fixed? How often should I get my instrument serviced? Read on to find out if there are underlying issues that are making it more difficult to play your instrument.  Thu, 23 Jan 2020 07:37:23 GMT is the Woodwind Family?What is the woodwind family of instruments? How does the woodwind family produce sound? Find out if the woodwind family is right for you! Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:51:38 GMT What is the Brass Family?What is the brass family? 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. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:36:54 GMT Should I Bring to Rehearsal?What should I bring to band rehearsal? What do I need for orchestra practice? This post will help you decide what to bring to rehearsal so you’re not leaving important items behind.Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:09:39 GMT Instrument Should I Play? What instrument should I play? When entering band or orchestra, students are faced with so many options for what instrument to play.This post will help you choose an instrument to play. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:23:30 GMT is the Best Clarinet or Saxophone Mouthpiece? Which mouthpiece should I choose? If you are still playing on your beginner clarinet or saxophone mouthpiece, it may be time to upgrade your mouthpiece. This post will help you find the right mouthpiece. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:05:44 GMT to Choose the Right Reeds   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. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:48:19 GMT is it Time to Step up to a Professional Instrument? What is a step-up instrument? How do I know when I'm ready for an intermediate or professional instrument? This post answers these questions and more!Tue, 14 Jan 2020 09:02:04 GMT can I get Better at Sight-Reading? How do you get better at sight-reading? Sight-reading is an important skill for any musician to have. Approaching sight-reading methodically and confidently is the key to success! Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:48:35 GMT to Care for Your Woodwind Corks What are woodwind corks? What is cork grease and how do you use it?  Today, we're talking about proper woodwind cork maintenance! Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:39:46 GMT can I Prepare to Perform in a Concert?How do you prepare to perform in a concert? Taking steps to prepare for a concert will help you to feel calmer and more focused before a performance. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:52:29 GMT Introduction to Instrument Cleaning   How do you clean your instrument? How often should you clean your instrument? All instruments need periodic maintenance. This basic guide will take you through the steps for keeping you and your instrument healthy. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:48:31 GMT