Improve Your Doubling - Sax, Clarinet, or Flute

Catalog: DORN1162

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Advanced studies for doublers: saxophone, clarinet, and flute.

From the introduction:

While not purporting to be all things to all people, Improve Your Doubling is probably the first collection of exercises to address technical studies in performance situations for intermediate/advanced sax-clarinet-flute doublers... This is the book that dares to ask you:

  • How are your chops when you switch from one horn to another?
  • Do you know a good alternate fingering when going from F2 to F3 on clarinet?
  • If you're playing for a singer who doesn't like the written key, can you transpose the chart you're looking at?
  • Are you comfortable playing a classical passage on flute followed by a Dixieland clarinet phrase, ending with a jazz/rock sax solo?
  • What do you do with a lead chart if you're told to play a second harmony on the spot?
  • Where are the out-of-tune notes on all three instruments, and what can you do about them?
  • Have you ever counted a 23-bar rest and been prepared to come in on a pianissimo high note?
  • What do you need to know to execute such extended techniques as multiphonics, quarter tones, multiple tonguing and whistle tones?

It is to be hoped that these studies, by addressing various aspects of real-world performing situations, will provide teachers with new ideas and materials with which to challenge their students, and smooth the pathway of aspiring woodwind doublers.

- Chris Vadala (1948 - 2019)

Table of Contents:
  • Arpeggio Pastiche
  • Tour de Force
  • In Tune
  • Half-Step Maze
  • Slip 'n Slide
  • Triplet Trouble
  • Easy Does It
  • Move It!
  • Woodshedding
  • In "C-son"
  • Three-Way Mirror
  • Show Time!
  • Blue Parallax
  • Skips
  • Lips Malone
  • Waltzin' the Horn
  • Cross-Over
  • How's Your Axe?
  • Under Control
  • Leap Frog
  • Rollercoaster
  • Respites and Flourishes
  • Flyin' Fingers
  • Stratosphere
  • Tuff Stuff
  • Double-Time, Tongue-Tied
  • It's the Pits
  • Stay Loose
  • Poughkeepsie Gypsy
  • Roadrunner
  • You Old Smoothie
  • Final Workout
Publisher: Dorn Publications
Composer/Author: Vadala, Chris
Catalog Number: DORN1162
Pages: 80