Woodwind Methods: An Essential Resource for Educators, Conductors and Students

by Charles West


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Woodwind Methods: An Essential Resource for Educators, Conductors and Students

by Charles West ISBN 978-1-57463-381-8; $39.95.

This book was designed for use in a one or two semester heterogeneous college woodwind methods class or as a quick reference manual for school band and orchestra directors. It provides concise descriptions including instrument similarities and differences, breath support, reed adjustment and transposition. Includes:

  • Instrument assembly, embouchure, hand position and articulation
  • Carefully detailed fingering charts with clearly detailed primary fingerings and explanation of selected alternate fingerings and trill fingerings
  • Progressive musical exercises/compositions, often harmonized, to allow students to learn new fingerings at an even pace while enjoying the ensemble sound
  • Advanced concepts: alternate fingerings, vibrato, flicking, and multiple articulation
  • Trouble shooting for mechanical or reed problems, repair and maintenance
  • Recommendations for selecting: Reeds, Mouthpieces & ligatures, Instruments, Method books and study literature, Constructing a basic woodwind “toolbox”

“The character of the book is what makes it so magical.”

Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education, Conn-Selmer, Inc.

“ Presented in an excellent format, making it easy to use.”

Richard Killmer DMA, Professor of Oboe, Eastman School of Music

“One of the most highly respected woodwind performers/teachers of his generation!”

Mitchell Estrin, 
Professor of Clarinet, University of Florida

“An invaluable source of information on basics for the entire woodwind family.”

Albert G. Regni, Principal Saxophonist, with the New York Philharmonic (retired)

An excellent new resource for teaching woodwinds in a mixed setting.”

Mary Karen Clardy, Regents Professor of Flute, University of North Texas



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