READING

 

 

ARTICLES BY CRAIG KNOX 

 

Get Past the Notes and Share the Music
This article appears as a chapter in the book The Brass Player's Cookbook, a compilation of short articles by 52 well-known brass performers and teachers

 

The Rest of the Story: what you won't find in my bio
Some lessons I have learned which may be of help to the aspiring musician

 

ITEA Interview
This interview appears on the website of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, as part of the "Players Project"


Interview with Craig Knox on "The Fourth Valve"

 

Repertoire and Materials List
This is the list of required and recommended music and materials I use with my students

 

Some Thoughts on Equipment
Thoughts about what equipment does - and does not - provide

  

 

 

BOOKS 

 

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THE BRASS PLAYER'S COOKBOOK: CREATIVE RECIPES FOR A SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE
ED. BY KENNETH AMIS

This book is a compilation of short articles by well-known brass players, edited by Kenneth Amis, tubist of the Empire Brass. Each musician has selected an element of brass performance to discuss. Topics range from breathing and warm-ups to phrasing and musicianship. Contributors include Roger Bobo, David Kirk, Mike Roylance, Charlie Vernon, Dale Clevenger and many others. You can read my own article from this book HERE (reprinted with permission). A Meredith Music publication.

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SOUND IN MOTION: A PERFORMER'S GUIDE TO GREATER MUSICAL EXPRESSION
BY DAVID MCGILL

This is a very interesting book by David McGill, Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony, and former Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. In this book, he makes a case that phrasing and musicianship can be taught and developed in a methodical way, rather than relying purely on innate "talent" and instinct. In his discussions, he explains the teachings of renowned oboist and teacher Marcel Tabuteau, former Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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IMPROVISATION GAMES FOR CLASSICAL MUSICIANS
BY JEFFREY AGRELL

In this book, Jeffrey Argrell, Professor at University of Iowa, makes a strong case that the creativity of classically trained musicians is stifled by the over-emphasis on re-creating other people's music. This creates a barrier between the classical musician and his instrument, as well as between musician and audience. This book gives general guidance and countless practical exercises ("games") to help classically trained musicians break through this barrier, utilizing a non-jazz-based improvisatory approach. I have found this book very helpful, and it makes me wish this had been part of my own curriculum as a student!

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UPDATE: Agrell has since published a shorter, less expensive version of this book, which is meant as a practical workbook for one musician, rather than a full overview of his approach which includes ideas for classroom instruction. This version - called IMPROV GAMES FOR ONE - may better suit your needs.

 

TUNE UP: INTONATION BASIC TRAINING
BY STEPHEN C. COLLEY

This is a training method to help musicians improve their intonation. The book starts with a detailed explanation of the principals of intonation and the author's approach to applying that information to play in tune in any context. The book comes with a CD which the musician uses to play or sing along with. The books/CDs are tailored to each instrument. This is a progressive and comprehensive system; it's not easy, but it really produces results. I highly recommend this!

This product is no longer sold on the web, but it is still available! Email steve@tuneupsystems.com for purchase information.




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ARNOLD JACOBS: SONG AND WIND
BY BRIAN FREDERICKSEN

This classic book provides an interesting biographical account of Arnold Jacobs, the legendary former tuba player of the Chicago Symphony and master teacher. Also discussed are Jacobs' approach to brass playing and his mental approach to music and performing. One of many great educational tools available from Windsong Press.

 

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THE INNER GAME OF TENNIS
BY TIMOTHY GALLWEY

"The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance" is the subtitle which sums up this book. It is written as a manual for tennis players, but has been used for decades as an analagous method for players and performers of all kinds. Sam Pilafian made me read this book when I was a teenager, and it serves as the basis for my approach to achieving my best performance as a musician. The book outlines the power of trusting and relying on your subconscious when undertaking a complex task. Highly recommended!

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FIGHT YOUR FEAR AND WIN
BY DON GREENE

Don Greene teaches peak performance techniques at the New World Symphony and the Juilliard School, as well as to olympic athletes, actors and business professionals. This book outlines a comprehensive plan to assess your strengths and weaknesses as a performer, and develop an approach that will help you play at your best when it counts the most. Purchase of the book includes participation in an on-line survey which will help identify areas you need to address. This book made the difference for me as I worked on achieving success in auditions and on the job. This is the best book I have come across to help with performance anxiety. If you suffer from nerves when you can least afford it, get this book!

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THE SAVVY MUSICIAN
BY DAVID CUTLER

Universities and conservatories are just now beginning to add workshops and courses to their curricula to teach their music students how to develop careers and market themselves in the 21st century. David Cutler is ahead of the curve with this cutting edge manual filled with ideas and resources to help aspiring musicians create a career for themselves. His website of the same name is also excellent.

VIDEOS 

 

BBC INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL GAST

Michael Gast is Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra, and someone I've enjoyed performing with on numerous occasions. In this video, he is interviewed by the BBC prior to a performance at the Proms festival in London. He speaks about how he maintains focus and concentration under pressure in order to achieve his best performance.

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2011 Craig Knox