25 Jul 2014,
Over 100 recordings of John Gibson's sheet music
There are more than 100 recordings of the sheet music that John Gibson has arranged and most are those he recorded of his own playing. Stop by John's You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jblinear Almost all of them include the score to follow while listening.
09 Apr 2012,
How to test new clarinet or saxophone mouthpieces
I have just finished testing 3 new Eb clarinet mouthpieces and thought I might share my method for what it is worth. This really involved 4 mouthpieces since I wanted to be certain the new one was better for me than my old one, also from a fine mp maker. I first simply played on each one to get a general impression. I used the same music each time. You don't need to play every great lick you know....just something simple so you can listen. I used a reed that I considered to be very good, but not the ...
20 Mar 2012,
How to Master those Difficult Musical Passages - part 2
Coaching Tip - How to master hard musical passages - part 2 In the previous blog post I gave coaching tips about using The Treatment to easily and efficiently master those "impossible" passages we all find in music no matter what our level of playing.In this part 2, I want to tell you about two other ways of making difficult passages into something more managable. Beginners soon find out that just playing a piece of music over and over is not necessarily the best way to learn to play it. ...
20 Mar 2012,
How to Master those Difficult Musical Passages
Coaching Tip: How to Master those Difficult Musical Passages Everyone has them.....those knotty (or are they naughty?) difficult places in music that you just can't seem to master. Me, too! Let me think.....there was Daphnis and Chloe, Petrouchka, the little cat going up the tree thing in Peter and the Wolf....ah, yes, I remember them well.I have a way of making that "impossible" part seem easy and I call it The Treatment . This way of practicing has been around for a long time and I have made it a ...