Spirited Wind Playing

Spirited Wind Playing : The Performance Dimension

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Peppered with tips, helpful hints, and personal anecdotes to illustrate real-life application, this performance guide is essential for any wind player interested in taking his or her virtuosity to the next level. Internationally renowned bassoonist Kim Walker has compiled into one book the teachings and exercises that have made her known as an expert on bassoon performance, practice, and instruction. From basics like posture, breathing techniques, and articulation to a survey of the performance practices of key woodwind and brass masters, Walker includes an analysis of each technique along with images and exercises that present the mechanics of each method.show more

Product details

  • Book | 354 pages
  • 229 x 279 x 20.32mm | 57g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 62 color illus., 8 music exx., 4 tables
  • 0253024846
  • 9780253024848

About Kim Walker

Kim Walker is an internationally distinguished performer and teacher. She is currently based in Australia and serves as a Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She has toured worldwide as a soloist, recorded with many leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, and has more than 30 solo CDs to her name. In 2012, after decades of teaching and performing as Professor of Music at Indiana University and, later, Dean and Principal Professor of Music at the University of Sydney, she returned to performing, conducting, speaking, coaching and consulting.show more

Table of contents

Foreword, by Peter J. SchoenbachAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Seven Core EssentialsSection 1: On the Air1. Stand Tall: Posture and Balance 2. The Centered Performance3. Breathing On The Air4. Magnetic Tone Production: Head and Body Resonance Section 2: Spirited Wind Playing5. Embouchure and Powerful Projection6. Get On With It! Warm-Up and Practice Routine 7. Deft Articulation: An Integral Art of Wind Playing 8. Vibrato: The Great Debate 9. Virtuosity: Dancing Fingers Lead the WaySection 3: The Performance Dimension10. Memory Made Simple11. Winning Auditions 12. The Performance Dimension Conclusion: Why is it So Easy to Put All This Together?Key Resourcesshow more