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“Movement of Sound” what does it mean?

Education
  “Movement of Sound” what does it mean? Most of us do not know or use the term “Movement of Sound”. It is a simple term for how to make one note on a wind instrument go to another note without having space or time between the notes. How do I do this you ask? You fill the instrument with air and let the fingers change the note not the air change the note. There is the same time and finger movement when going between two whole notes or two thirty second notes. When it is time to change notes the fingers must move as fast as possible to move to the next ...

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David Stanton Part 3

Education
David Stanton Part 3 The first few notes on any instrument are quite exciting, both for the young musician and their parents.  But it is not an easy thing to play an instrument, read music and hear what it should sound like, remember where one's fingers are supposed to go and when to tongue.  The effort that boys and girls put into their first attempts at playing music is truly remarkable.  The sustained effort in practicing their instrument brings so many rewards, such as being able to play some songs for family and friends.  But perhaps the greatest reward is the ...

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How important is a good teacher?

Questions from young people. Most of the questions I get are from young students.
How important is a good teacher? There are things a good teacher can show you that might take you a long time to figure out by yourself and that time could be spent learning something new. They can show you many shortcuts to playing and it is always good to have someone else with good ears listen to you play. It is also good to find a teacher that can explain things so you can understand them. Many good players are natural players and do not really know what the are doing.. They just play naturally and great. Personally I had to work hard for every little thing I ...

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