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5 Ways to Make A Beautiful Sound: Beginning Woodwinds

5 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Woodwinds Let's not kid ourselves: the only way to improve is to practice. But sometimes, your students tone, the sound quality, pitch, and strength, is hard to handle. Over time they'll develop the tools to self-diagnose and improve tone on their own. Until then try some of these techniques, [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Brass

3 Ways to Make a Beautiful Sound: Brass Breath support and embouchure make or break a brass player's sound. 1. Embouchure and Placement Embouchure The corners of the lips should be firm, but not pulled back (like some woodwinds). The jaw should be open so that the teeth aren't touching. Clenched teeth mean a strained [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum

5 Tips for a Better Sounding Drum Believe it or not, there’s more to drumming than just hitting a drum. Here are five quick tips to sound like a pro! 1.Tune the batter head for feel Most drums have two heads: batter and resonant. The batter head, as you can probably guess, is the top [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Tune a Drum Head

How to Tune a Drum Head Learning to tune a drum head is just as important as knowing your flams and paradiddles. And just like rudiments, tuning takes practice. If your first try doesn't meet your expectations, don't give up; it may take several attempts to find the right sound. Learning the Cross [...]

March 1st, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Good Habits for Healthy Instruments: Woodwinds

Good Habits for Healthy Instruments: Woodwinds Maintaining your instrument doesn't have to be a painstaking process; a lot of damage to woodwinds can be prevented with easy daily routines. Here are the best habits for extending your woodwind's life. Keep your instrument clean Run a swab through your woodwind after every session. Moisture left in your instrument [...]

January 19th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments

Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments Cold weather can take a toll on any wooden instrument. Violins, violas, cellos, and basses are especially fragile due to the thinness of the wood and the pressure the strings put on the instrument. During the winter, you want to avoid quick temperature changes and [...]

January 19th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

How to Oil Valves on Trumpet, Baritone, or Tuba

How to Oil Valves on Trumpet, Baritone, and Tuba To keep your trumpet, baritone, or tuba playing great, get in the habit of regularly oiling your valves. Our technicians recommend an oiling schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for daily players. If you only play a few times a week, always begin with a fresh oiling. Oiling does more [...]

January 17th, 2018|How To|0 Comments

Prairie Winds Ensemble Concert – March 19, 2017

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Concert The Prairie Wind Ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College, will present their third concert of the season on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.  This concert will be presented in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria, Illinois. This concert will be the “inaugural” [...]

March 1st, 2017|School Concerts|0 Comments

FP-30 Contest Piano Sale 2017

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Sale The Music Shoppe supplied Roland FP-30 Digital Pianos for 2017 Solo & Ensemble contests this year, and they are now available for sale at a reduced price of $699! This piano package included the FP-30 keyboard with 88 fully-weighted keys, three-pedal unit, and matching stand. It regularly retails for $873, [...]

February 28th, 2017|Promotions|0 Comments

Bloomington High School Bands Winter Concert

Bloomington High School Winter Concert The Bloomington High School Concert Band and Wind Symphony will be performing a concert this Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00pm. Ms. Pamela Kelly will be conducting the Concert Band to begin the evening. They will be performing Corsican Litany (1976) by Vaclav Nelhybel and Canadian Sketches (1990) by David [...]

February 9th, 2017|School Concerts|0 Comments