Spirited Wind Playing

Spirited Wind Playing

The Performance Dimension
Kim Walker
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Format: Paperback 62 color illus., 8 music exx., 4 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-02484-8
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Peter J. Schoenbach
Introduction: Seven Core Essentials
Section 1: On the Air
1. Stand Tall: Posture and Balance
2. The Centered Performance
3. Breathing On The Air
4. Magnetic Tone Production: Head and Body Resonance
Section 2: Spirited Wind Playing
5. Embouchure and Powerful Projection
6. 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 Way
Section 3: The Performance Dimension
10. Memory Made Simple
11. Winning Auditions
12. The Performance Dimension
Conclusion: Why is it So Easy to Put All This Together?
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