Compunix BlogDavid French Music Blog French Music Blog 2010 do you Clean Your Instrument? We may know that our instruments need periodic cleaning, but how do you clean your instrument? And how often should you clean your instrument?   Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:48:31 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 to Maintain and 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 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 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 Reeds 101 (Part 1): How to Choose the Right Woodwind 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 the Best Clarinet or Saxophone Mouthpiece for me? 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.Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:05:44 GMT Instrument Should I Play? 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.  Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:23:30 GMT What is the Brass Family? 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. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:36:54 GMT to Find the Right Step-up Instrument 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.  Tue, 28 Jan 2020 07:32:07 GMT Reeds 101 Part 2: How do you Take Care of Woodwind Reeds? 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. Thu, 06 Feb 2020 07:09:35 GMT