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Winds 1 features Saitama Sakae HS Wind Orchestra, famous for its wonderful "pipe organ" resonance and blend, demonstrating various techniques of tone building, tuning, ear training, singing, silent percussion exercises, etc., the band's success secrets. Included is the Wind Orchestra's performance of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe at All Japan Band Contest Finals, director commentary and copyable scores of fundamental exercises.
Winds 2 is a special tribute to Dr. Frederick Fennell, live concert recordings of some of his most beloved wind band literature with Tokyo Kosei. Also, Dr. Fennell comments about the future, and the future of music, and is specially featured in selectable “conductor only” views.
Winds 3 “Harmony Training for the Ensemble,” presents expert advice on the fundamentals of tuning and blend, shows group techniques for recognizing and producing accurate harmony, and gives detailed information about the many useful functions of Yamaha’s “Harmony Director” tempered tuning keyboard. Presenters include composers Hiroshi Hoshina, and Yo Goto working with the Taravella High School Wind Orchestra, plus Toshiro Ozawa and the Kanagawa University Symphonic Band.
Winds 4 “Joy of the March,” features Dr. Fennell teaching the excitement of proper march performance to the Kofu Youth Wind Ensemble. "Our Director" (Bigelow) and "Col. Bogey" (Alford) are examined in detail by the Maestro, in a lively, humorous and animated presentation. Additional footage includes Fennell conducting "National Emblem", "Rolling Thunder", and "The U.S. Field Artillary March" with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.
Winds 5 "Mastery Clinic for Clarinet," the first in our new series of Instrument Clinic DVDs features Hitoshi Sekiguchi, principal clarinetist of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, as he performs for, and with you in duet form. Mr. Sekiguchi invites additional Kosei members to illustrate specific problems and solutions of intermediate and advanced performance as well as characteristics of the full clarinet family, from soprano to bass. Enclosures include duet sheet music, exercise samples and a self-evaluation form to guide student success in areas such as long tones, tone quality, use of upper register, adequete support, posture, chromatics, scales and alternate fingerings, tonguing, maintenance, etc. An ideal resource for home practice reinforcement and music programs not having a specialized clarinet coach.
Winds 6 "Building a Great Junior High Band" is an exciting and revealing breakthrough for educators interested in the formation, training and exposition of Japanese school band clubs. From the selection of instruments to their first performance at state festival in only four months, new members of the Neagari Junior High Symphonic Band are closely followed to show their method of rapid assimilation into this nationally recognized concert band. The "sempai/kohai" method of intense student leadership is detailed.
Winds 7 "Mastery Clinic for Horn" is the second edition of our unique interactive training series for experienced student musicians. Hiroshi Uehara, of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchesta, carefully explains nuances of the French horn instrumental family while helping viewers self-critique and establish an effective daily training regimen. Mr. Uehara and other musicians perform leading works for the horn while demonstrating every aspect of performance, including fundamental practice, basic and advanced exercises, instrument and mouthpiece selection, use and care of equipment, etc., etc. Invaluable for individuals as well as horn sections seeking advancement to the next level.
Winds 8 and 9: "Instrument Maintenance features repair technicians from Yamaha Corporation," assisted by professional musicians, helping students to self-evaluate instrument problems and offering plans for needed corrections. Detailed attention is given to assembly, handling, oiling and servicing, interior and exterior cleaning, changing heads and tuning percussion, proper storage and transportation, and more.
Winds Vol. 10 "Mastery Clinic for Flute" -Clinician Ayako Maeda, of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, provides wonderful demonstrations of essential flute performance, maintenance and study, presenting stellar excerpt examples on flute and piccolo. Basics of use, care, posture, breathing and tone are supplemented with play-along examples. Ayako-san addresses performance differences between flute and piccolo; register and intonation challenges, vibrato, phrasing, double tonguing, slurring, alternate fingerings, etc., offering clear advice illustrated by inspiring examples.
Winds Vol. 11 "Rehearsal Technique for Concert Bands"-The most comprehensive issue of the Winds ensemble development series, this edition unifies important fundamental training concepts into a practical method for sight-reading, applies training methods to score development, promotes individual awareness and student leadership in the music learning process, and illustrates efficient rehearsal techniques. Presented by renowned educator/composer Yo Goto, and Tomoki Ubata, director of the consistently “Gold Rated” Inagakuen High School Wind Orchestra, with a special performance excerpt by the Inagakuen W.O.
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