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    Default The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    I've just posted the first three episodes on my new Youtube channel, Woodwind Doubling.

    Please check it out and leave comments; I'd love to hear your feedback and questions. I've spent a lot of time preparing and getting the technical aspects (sound, lights, background, etc.) ready.






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    Ciao Merlin, i watched the first three episodes. i like your style of presentation, very professional, with an air of seriousness. One gets the feeling that this is for real and not some flippant internet junk, which as you know, there is too much already. i think it is awesome that someone of your skill and experience is willing to be so helpful. i hope you have grand success with your channel.
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    That's cool, jus subscribed.looking forward to the flute stuff!

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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    It's cool and all, but I asked my mum and she said she never had relations with a man named Merlin! You're not my creator!

    I am your host and creator.

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    I just chomped through your first three episodes - great stuff!! Dying to see more!

    With that noted, here are a few comments and requests -

    1) Your comment in number two about SaxRax was helpful - I'd like to hear more about stand choice and setup.

    2) It would be nice to see what parts are required in which reed books. Are there sites that list that? I gather that revival productions may be rescored? For example, is bass sax still called for in revivals of West Side Story or others from that era?

    3) I haven't played pit in many years. Any tips for amateur or semi-pro players wanting to get into doubling work would be welcome. For example, a realistic example of a submission or resume would be welcome - not at your level either, because most of us don't have that kind of chops or experience.

    4) What about microphones - are those taboo in pit work? For example, I play alto flute, but I can't fill a theater without help.

    5) I happen to double in brass too - is there any call for that, or is that just a quirk?

    6) Which saxophones? Is SATB the basic set, or is it just AT or ATB? Is it helpful to have bass or nino?

    7) It would be helpful to outline a few basic minimum doubling profiles - I'd like to know what's the ante before I put myself out there. Your episode 3 was helpful on that, but I'd like you to add to it if you would. For example, suppose somebody comes in with A-level alto and tenor, B+ clarinet and B- flute - would that be enough to be in the running for some jobs?

    8) Beyond the core group, what extra instruments are really helpful in getting work? Oboe, bassoon, pic, and bass clarinet I guess?
    You've mentioned contrabass clarinet, alto flute, and bass flute - are those more "fringe" instruments?
    I guess Eb clarinet, bass sax, contrabassoon (or contrabass sarrusophone), and wind controllers are "far fringe"??

    9) You can put links in the text below your youtube videos, and those are really helpful.

    THANK YOU!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobBari View Post
    I just chomped through your first three episodes - great stuff!! Dying to see more!

    With that noted, here are a few comments and requests -

    1) Your comment in number two about SaxRax was helpful - I'd like to hear more about stand choice and setup.

    2) It would be nice to see what parts are required in which reed books. Are there sites that list that? I gather that revival productions may be rescored? For example, is bass sax still called for in revivals of West Side Story or others from that era?

    3) I haven't played pit in many years. Any tips for amateur or semi-pro players wanting to get into doubling work would be welcome. For example, a realistic example of a submission or resume would be welcome - not at your level either, because most of us don't have that kind of chops or experience.

    4) What about microphones - are those taboo in pit work? For example, I play alto flute, but I can't fill a theater without help.

    5) I happen to double in brass too - is there any call for that, or is that just a quirk?

    6) Which saxophones? Is SATB the basic set, or is it just AT or ATB? Is it helpful to have bass or nino?

    7) It would be helpful to outline a few basic minimum doubling profiles - I'd like to know what's the ante before I put myself out there. Your episode 3 was helpful on that, but I'd like you to add to it if you would. For example, suppose somebody comes in with A-level alto and tenor, B+ clarinet and B- flute - would that be enough to be in the running for some jobs?

    8) Beyond the core group, what extra instruments are really helpful in getting work? Oboe, bassoon, pic, and bass clarinet I guess?
    You've mentioned contrabass clarinet, alto flute, and bass flute - are those more "fringe" instruments?
    I guess Eb clarinet, bass sax, contrabassoon (or contrabass sarrusophone), and wind controllers are "far fringe"??

    9) You can put links in the text below your youtube videos, and those are really helpful.

    THANK YOU!
    Lots of fantastic ideas and feedback, Rob! Thanks very much. I'm going to start putting links in the info box - it was my intent to link to my endorsers as well as any products I mention during the episode.

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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    Episodes 4 & 5 should be up shortly!

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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    OK, episode 4&5 are now up at the Woodwind Channel on YouTube!




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    Thanks for posting. I really hope that that C# fingering works as advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrollshank View Post
    Thanks for posting. I really hope that that C# fingering works as advertised.
    It does on 99% of the altos, tenors and baritones I've played. No go on sopranos.

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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    I justed posted episodes 6 & 7 to Woodwind Doubling!




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    Loving this series of vids Merlin. Of course the best part for me is hearing you play. Kudos.
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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    I justed posted episodes 6 & 7 to Woodwind Doubling!
    I'm intrigued by the g# on your Selmer clarinet in the banner picture.
    Has it been modified?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny View Post
    I'm intrigued by the g# on your Selmer clarinet in the banner picture.
    Has it been modified?
    The throat G# on that looks bent upwards from where mine is, probably for ergonomics.
    Merlin, am I correct on why?

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    Yes, the Selmer clarinet has had the G# key modified to feel more like my bass clarinet. Easier to switch between the two. It's also got a bis tab. Both mods were done by my friend Steve Fox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    It does on 99% of the altos, tenors and baritones I've played. No go on sopranos.
    It does work. Tuning is actually very slightly better on my tenor than the standard fingering. Thanks for posting that video.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on synthetic vs. cane reeds.

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    Episode 8 is uploading as I type - it's a video version of the Cruise Ship FAQ I posted here on SOTW.


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    I've just posted Episode 9 & 10!

    Episode 9 is a tour of the loft at the Stratford Festival. Episode 10 is entitled "Do I Really Need To Play the Flute?"




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    Just posted Episode 11!


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    Default Re: The Woodwind Doubling Channel on YouTube is now up!

    Merlin,

    These videos bring up several questions.

    How far in advance do you typically get the book for a musical?

    How much rehearsing is there before and during a musical?

    Do you practice all of your doubles regularly or are there some that you only practice when you have a gig coming up?

    Do most woodwind doublers own all of the instruments that they double on or are there places to rent some of the less common instruments?

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