Articles Tagged As Winds

New Yamaha Brass and Woodwind Instruments for 2022

Precision craftsmanship assures superior tone, playability and durability.

Prolong the Life of Your Instruments with Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

After students, instruments are the most valuable asset in teaching instrumental music. I teach at Lexington Junior High in California, and every day I trust adolescents with these expensive and fragile items with very little supervision. Add to this that some instruments at your school may be older than you, and the importance of teaching […]

Here’s What to Look for When Buying a Clarinet Mouthpiece

It’s a major factor when it comes to your instrument’s overall performance.

The Pianica: A Great Way To Start a Musical Journey

Because making music should be easy and fun.

Navigating Vibrato on Woodwinds

Woodwind players who are in private lessons often begin using vibrato well before their school music director has addressed it. Private lessons are great, but vibrato can quickly trickle down to the rest of a section and without proper instruction, you will have mismatched sound and beating sound waves within the ensemble. Vibrato on the […]

Making the Switch: Flute to French Horn

Unlike woodwinds and trumpets, French horns and other medium to low brass instruments are not popular with middle school and high school band members. The reasons so many students choose upper-range instruments seem to stay the same throughout the years. Students choose flute because their mom played it, or they want to sound like Ian […]

So Your Child Wants to Play a Woodwind

Here’s what you need to know to get your son or daughter started on saxophone, clarinet or flute.

A Guide to Parent Resources for Beginning Band and Orchestra

Looking to introduce your child to music? Check out these four vital websites.

What’s the Difference Between a Flute and a Piccolo?

There’s more to these two instruments than meets the eye.

Tower of Power Celebrates Their 50th Anniversary

Half a century and still going strong.

The Bass Recorder Takes Center Stage

This unique instrument has become an integral part of an iconic soundtrack.

Mimi Stillman: Accomplished and Approachable

Mimi Stillman was only 12 years old when she started working toward her bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. “I did a lot of media interviews about being a prodigy, but I was very lucky,” she remembers. “I was just doing what I loved to do. I had the most […]

Step Up to a Better Wind Instrument

Five reasons your child needs a more advanced instrument.

Beginner’s Guide to the Saxophone

The basics of playing sax.

A Strong Foundation, A Lifetime of Good Habits

The lessons you learn as a child shape who you become as a musician.

Larry Williams’ Juggling Act

If hornist Larry Williams were a superhero, he might be called The Juggler. Williams’ music career spans decades and includes his current status as a performer, instructor, collaborator and administrator — and that’s just a few of his roles. “I didn’t know I was a juggler until I started juggling,” he says. “Right after graduation, […]

Introducing the YBS-62II Professional E♭ Baritone Saxophone

A second-generation instrument that builds on an impressive legacy.

Introducing the YBS-82 Custom E♭ Baritone Saxophone

Fine-tune your sound with high-quality handcrafted options.

Introducing the YBS-480 Intermediate Baritone Saxophone

Raise the bar in your school’s band programs.

4 Tips to a Stronger Low Saxophone Section

When a saxophone section “clicks,” it’s an awesome musical moment. These musicians are technically proficient, well-balanced, in tune and great communicators across the ensemble. In any band, an outstanding saxophone section can bring an irreplaceable timbre and depth to the entire group. One of the factors that contributes to this sound is a robust low saxophone section. […]

Winter Weather Care for Woodwind and String Instruments

Here’s what to do when the temperatures plummet.

Introducing the Alto Venova™

A new casual wind instrument with a larger body and a mellower tone.

How to Clean Clarinet and Oboe Tone Holes

The solution is simpler than you might think.

Denis DiBlasio: Jazz Saxophonist, Music Educator and Storyteller

Denis DiBlasio is a natural improviser. He was about 10 years old when his music teacher wrote down a blues scale in F. “He said, ‘Just make up stuff and use these notes,’” DiBlasio says. “I must have played that thing for two years. I just beat that thing to death.” After spending so much […]

Clarinet Replacement Barrels and Tuning

Don’t just grab any random barrel for your clarinet!

Brass/Woodwind Instrument Finishes and Their Effect on Tone Quality

What’s the sonic difference between instruments with different finishes?

Yamaha Saxophone Neck Compatibility

The differences between new design and original design.

Correct Reed Placement and Ligature Positioning

Get the best sound from your clarinet or saxophone.

The Importance of Saxophone Mouthpieces

Music educators should not overlook selecting a proper saxophone mouthpiece for students in saxophone method classes and for beginners. Students and parents might assume that because mouthpieces typically come with the purchase of new saxophones (and in many cases, resale saxophones), the mouthpiece that is included is the best choice. This is not necessarily true! […]

My Clarinet Won’t Play. Now What?

Here’s how to determine and fix the problem.

The Drive of Top Tubist Aaron Tindall

“I’m kind of hard-wired to do things at a pretty intense level,” says Aaron Tindall. “In the low brass field, you just have to be relentless.”  And Tindall expects the same passion from his students. “He’s one of the most hard-working people I’ve ever met,” says TJ Graf, one of Tindall’s students. “What are you […]

Improve Students’ Tone

Help strings and winds students break down the factors of sound production and incorporate them back into the music. 

How to Lubricate Trombone Slides

Trombones are a critical voice in any band or symphonic ensemble, and compared to most other wind instruments, they are actually pretty simple machines. However, if you haven’t spent much time playing trombones, they may seem like a bit of a mystery. If you’re a band director with a robust and rambunctious trombone section, it’s […]

“I’m a HERO” Program and the Venova

Bringing the power of music to the children of Colombia.

The Recorder: It’s an Instrument, Not a Toy

This serious instrument has a rich history that goes back to ancient times.

How Trumpeter Sean Jones Gets Respect

Some educators command attention with a booming voice and a larger-than-life presence. Sean Jones employs a completely different tactic that is equally — and probably more — effective. He teaches with a soft voice and an unassuming demeanor. But the acclaimed jazz trumpeter and music educator instantly gains his students’ respect. How? “[I] lead by […]

Bassoon Basics

The birth of the bassoon … and a few factoids you may not know.

Fix Winds Instruments in a Pinch

As a school band director, you take on many roles, including instrument doctor. For students renting an instrument, the dealer most likely offers maintenance and repair insurance. Though insurance is a great investment in the long term, in reality, problems almost always occur at the wrong time or at the last minute. Here are some […]

Eco-Friendly Plastics from Plants

Helping the environment with Yamaha Ecodear® recorders.

Yamaha Clarinet Bore Taper Explained

These are the differences between the CS series clarinet and the SE series clarinet.

Clarinetist Julie DeRoche Molds Music into Art

In the early 1980s, Julie DeRoche — who had recently received her degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University — was juggling four jobs to make ends meet as she worked toward a fulltime career in music. Teaching private lessons, recording commercial jingles as a freelancer, working as the first-call substitute with the Chicago Symphony […]

Genealogy of the Flute Family

There’s a long and fascinating history behind this woodwind.

Boston Brass’ Quest to Educate Young Musicians

As you might have guessed, the Boston Brass is a brass quintet originally formed in Boston. What you might not have known is that more than performing with a unique blend of broad repertoire and boisterous fun, the group’s first goal is to help educate as many young musicians as possible. “If there’s a day […]

How to Choose the Right Mouthpiece

I worked in a music store for many years, and one of the most common requests we’d get from customers was help with picking a mouthpiece. The conversation would often include something like this: “I need a new mouthpiece. I want something that let’s me play higher … and sound really good!” Admirable goals, to […]

Venova: How Can a Plastic Tube Sound Like a Saxophone?

There’s a lot more going on inside than you may realize.

Jeff Coffin: Professor Rock Star

Jeff Coffin remembers listening to AM radio in the car as a child and being attracted to the emotional component of music. In fifth grade, he chose to play the saxophone in the school band program, or rather he believes that the saxophone chose him. “I think [the saxophone] is very close to the human […]

Five Saxophone Facts You May Not Know

Born from the mind of just one inventor, it plays a major role in two different musical genres.

The Many Faces of Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti

As a teenager in Missoula, Montana, Allen Vizzutti received the rare opportunity to befriend one of his idols. Doc Severinsen, trumpet player and bandleader for NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” gave a guest performance at Vizzutti’s high school. With the encouragement of his band director, Vizzutti played a solo for Severinsen, who eventually […]

Introducing Venova

What’s a “casual wind instrument,” anyway?

Five Things You Never Knew About the Clarinet

It’s one of the newer instruments … yet one of the most influential.

The Venova: Game Changer for Elementary School Students

I’ve always been enthusiastic about new technologies in musical instruments and their applications for students. When videos for the new Yamaha Venova™ began appearing on YouTube™ in Japan, the first thing I thought was, “Can I take this instrument and teach little kids to play?” I am a clarinet and saxophone teacher/performer, youth orchestra director and […]

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Does it All

On a seemingly normal mid-April day, a group of jazz students at Columbia College Chicago are fixated on the man who’s talking, world-class jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Their excitement is palpable. The lights shine down from above while the Artist-in-Residence’s master class takes place. Gordon is so close that the students can see their reflection […]

Blending Brass

Take these steps to optimize your ensemble’s sound.

Kenneth Tse: Master of the Saxophone

When Dr. Kenneth Tse joined band for the first time at the age of 13, he wanted to play the trumpet; however, he was told that he had the right hands and teeth for making an ideal sound on the saxophone. Only later did Tse find out that the band director had simply needed a […]

Recorders: Baroque vs. German

Why are there two fingering systems, and what’s the difference?

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