The "Circle of Fifths" is a great way to remember and understand key signatures and scales. Sometimes it's more interesting when it looks like it was written by elves. ;)
From the piece that won't be finished for another 600 years to the one written by the composer's cat, there's some very strange pieces in the world of music. Check out this list (including recordings/videos) for some music we won't be playing in class!
Band camp is February 18 & 19 at River's Edge Camp. To take a tour of the camp, check out their website: riversedgecamp.org. Band camp payment is due January 31 and parents are required as chaperones.
Copies of the letter, itinerary, and permission forms are available here:
I came across a great chart showing the pitch each woodwind mouthpiece should make. Have a look at it here.
Why is this important?
It allows you to really check your embouchure to see if you're setting yourself up for the best possible tone and tuning you can achieve.
How do you use it?
Ideally, you should check your sound with just your mouthpiece against a tuner. If your sound is too high, you're likely pinching too hard on your mouthpiece/reed or blowing into the tone hole too much (flute). If the sound is too low, more support will produce better sound.
If you're a brass player, you should be able to buzz almost any note your instrument can play. Try using a tuner and seeing if you can play a scale on only your mouthpiece in tune!
Due to the extremely cold weather forecast for this weekend, the bottle drive has been postponed. Please check your email for further information.
Band Conductor and Teacher at Ecole Camille J. Lerouge School in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.