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November 10, 2016

After hearing many professionals and students changing air direction indiscriminately and incorrectly for many years, I felt it was time for a pedagogical discussion on this topic. By indiscriminately, I mean changing air directions whenever it is convenient for the pl...

November 5, 2016

After several decades of teaching and listening to amateur and professional players, I’ve observed many bellows techniques, some of which have been stellar and others which have been less so. This article seeks to elucidate teachers, students, and players about problem...

September 8, 2016

There are a few other traits that some players and students engage in that may not be as dire as the dragon antagonists described in "Slaying Two Prominent Bellows Dragons," but are nonetheless impairments to achieving optimum musicianship.


Simply stated, make s...

August 17, 2016

As you’re aware, one of the ultimate goals in playing musically is to play with expression as the composer intended. Merely playing the notes correctly is simply playing notes, not playing music. To transform notes into music, students need to understand phrasing and b...

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