Four brass and woodwind essentials

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There are a few essentials every progressing brass and woodwind student should have in their case or practice room.

Tuner and Metronome

We’re counting this as one item; though we recommend buying both a tuner and a metronome, there are a lot of tuner/metronome combinations available. Here are our favourites:

Snark Touch Metronome

Snark Touch Metronome

1. The Snark Touch Metronome

The Snark Touch metronome is the world’s first touchscreen metronome. It has six sounds, fifteen rhythms, tap tempo function, adjustable volume, and an extra loud click. This sleek design fits  in any case and has a flip-up stand in-built with a tempo guide.

The Planet Waves MT-01 Metronome and MT-02 Tuner/Metronome

The Planet Waves MT-01 Metronome and MT-02 Tuner/Metronome

2. Planet Waves MT Series Metronome and Tuner/Metronome

The Planet Waves PW-MT-01 Metronome is an essential practice tool for both the beginning and advanced musician. The full featured metronome includes loud woodblock tone, tempo, beats per measure, and time division variations making both basic and complicated rhythm patterns possible. The PW-MT-02 (Pictured) also features a chromatic tuner with an easy-to-read needle meter style display.

 

D'Addario NS Micro Clip-on Universal Tuner

D’Addario NS Micro Clip-on Universal Tuner

3. The D’Addario NS Micro Universal Clip-on Tuner

The NS Micro Universal Tuner is the feature packed tuner designed to be seen at any angle. This headstock tuner features a reversible, multi-color display and visual metronome in a compact design. The dual-swivel clip-on mount allows limitless viewing angles and quick application and removal on any instrument, while the extendable arm provides clear unobstructed views of the screen.

Music Stands and Instrument Stands

We’ve already written a blog on music stands, but there are always new products on the market. At the bare minimum, we recommend getting a portable, durable music stand. The new K&M 100/1 Music Stand fits that bill perfectly. Compact, durable, with a 5-year warranty, and replacement parts readily available (should you lose or break one, accidentally).

We see a number of accidents come through our workshop that could have been prevented by the use of an instrument stand. Check out our blog on instrument protection for more info

Cleaning Swabs

Cleaning swabs are an essential for any woodwind instrument. Most manufacturers include a cleaning swab (usually cotton or microfibre) with their instruments. We often condemn cotton swabs as they often leave behind fibres and the threads get stuck on the octave pips and wells. We recommend silk swabs for younger players as they are less likely to get stuck, and microfibre for more advanced players as they are more absorbent.

BG Microfibre Clarinet Swab (A32)

BG Microfibre Clarinet Swab (A32)

Brass swabs are rarely acknowledged, but they are a phenomenal way of keeping your instrument clean. There’s two ways of keeping your brass instruments clean; spending 1 hour once a month giving it a full detail, or spending 1 minute once a day swabbing the leadpipe, tuning slide, or inner handslide. Like woodwind swabs, brass swabs are either microfibre or silk. Yamaha’s range of swabs for trumpet, french horn, and trombone provide thorough removal of moisture.

Yamaha Trumpet Swab

Yamaha Trumpet Swab

 Practice Journal or Manuscript Book

It’s important to have objectives when practicing. Aimlessly playing or doodling can lead to some creative achievements, but without regimen it is harder to attain technical prowess on your instrument.  A Musician’s Practice Planner is a great tool for maintaining progress and keeping an eye on your achievements. It can also be inspiring to look back on what you have achieved after keeping a journal or practice diary. I personally like to sketch ideas in a manuscript book, keep a diary/notebook and have repertoire sheets; I can do this all in the Leuchtturm1917 notebook below.

Leuchtturm1917 Manuscript Book

Leuchtturm1917 Manuscript Book

Stolen – in Melb, Besson Prestige Euphonium and Besson Sovereign EEb Tuba

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Two instruments were stolen from brass banding legend Wayne Bowden this week. (12-08-16) The thief/thieves broke into his car and took the following instruments: – Besson Prestige Euphonium (Gold Lacquer) SN:102341 – Besson Sovereign EEb Tuba (Silver-plated) SN:718963 ​Anyone with … Continue reading

New ‘Exquisite’ B-Flat Trumpet by B&S

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One of the most prominent figures in L.A. commercial trumpet playing is Malcolm McNab; famous for solos on Hollywood soundtracks to Dances with Wolves, Independence Day, Men in Black, Pretty Woman, Indiana Jones, E.T. and L.A. Confidential, to name a few. … Continue reading

The Ozwinds Weekly – Feb 9th, 2016

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Thank you once again for reading the Ozwinds Weekly; your guide to news, events, advice, and product reviews in the brass and woodwind world. Due to the Telstra issues we were unable to get this edition out on time, so … Continue reading

The Ozwinds Weekly – Feb 2nd, 2016

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Thank you for reading the very first edition of the Ozwinds weekly; your guide to news, events, advice, and new product reviews in the brass and woodwind world. We will be in search for material for this weekly publication, so … Continue reading

Did You Know?

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UNESCO is known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations. UNESCO considers education in music and the arts to be a universal human right. We should all agree with that!

Stocking Stuffers for woodwind players

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Yes, it’s that time of year. The festive season has snuck up on us once again – and the overwhelming question beckons “What do I get that [clarinet/flute/oboe/bassoon/saxophone] player?” Fear not! We’ve broken down the BEST knick-knacks for your  woodwind … Continue reading

Choosing a student instrument: A guide for first time buyers

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The first instrument you or your child plays has a big impact. I remember getting a used Yamaha T100 when I was 10 years old. The silver had lost it’s bright sheen, the valve felts were original brown, and there … Continue reading

Music stands and why one size never fits all

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I knew there would come a time where I’d have to talk about music stands. A while ago I posted a video called the “Ultimate Everything Stand.” True to my word, I still have that stand and most of the … Continue reading

The four most important items to have in your saxophone case (other than your saxophone)

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To state the obvious, you should have already bought your saxophone, mouthpiece, ligature, and reeds to the gig. If you haven’t, you might want to visit our saxophone page. For most of you though, you’ll be set to play. There … Continue reading