"While they're stealing your phrases, they're singing your praises" (Charles Mingus)

SHORTCUTS to specific resources



[To record audio from the web, also see Electro and Software - Web recorders]

Concerts on Demand, podcasts etc. (they change often)

  • Most of the major orchestras in the world now place many of their live concerts on Youtube
  • Occasional streaming of international live brass band concerts at "Brassbanned"
  • American Public Media offer a wide variety of webcasts, including classical performances from around the world. Browse the 'Performance Today' and 'SymphonyCast' sections - very worthwhile
  • US NPR has much to offer jazz lovers: this their archive of some Wednesday Nights Jazz webcasts
  • Varied selection of works from concerts given by the Sydney Symph.
  • SoundCloud - choose your genre then search for anything (reasonably) musical













Dennis Brain was the top UK french horn player of mid-20th C [photo: Tully Potter Collection]













*OUCH* !


I think this topic is important enough to warrant a little place of it's own! Some of the music notation programs [Finale, Sibelius, Band-In-A-Box etc] contain valuable modules for ear training development.
  • Some basic ideas for intonation
  • This article is mainly for those teaching younger students, but - it actually mentions 'difference tones' or beats !
  • The Free Software Foundation's 'GNU Solfege' is one of my favourite ear training programs - and it IS free! It provides lots of exercises in scales, chords, intervals, modes, sight singing and more. It even allows voice/sung input for many of the exercises. There is documentation installed (at least in the Windows package). There is also an active users/developers list to provide more info
  • [.PDF] A simple piece for two trumpets exposing (hopefully) pure fifths and octaves - applies to most wind instruments
  • Article discussing saxophone intonation - [ NB-it is NOT "better to play sharp than out of tune!” being sharp IS out of tune]




WEB RECORDING - record audio/video from the web



  • Repair supplies, repair kits - subscribe to Music Medic 'Benchnotes' series at (the bottom of) their Repair Guides page.
  • The MusicMedic site now has detailed articles on instrument (mainly woodwind, but much applies to brass) repairs, together with some detailed video clips showing detailed repair procedures



~ Wind Players' Resources ~

All musicians, at all levels need reference resources.
Where can I get ... a new bass trumpet mouthpiece, reeds, good studies for technique development, what music has been written for ... (name your passion), how can I listen to the best performances of ...?
Before the genius of Tim Berners-Lee, getting answers to such questions needed much more effort than is the case now.
Just one example of the riches available on the web is US NPR's (National Public Radio) archives. They contain masses of interesting audio, documentaries and transcripts on Classical, Jazz, Rock and many other genres. Once at the site, choose 'GENRES' from the menu at the top of the page.

For example, two picks of sites providing resources for wind players are:
a) for general practical info on all instruments the Musical Chairs site. They cover areas such as jobs, stolen instruments, courses, competitions and instrument sales; and
b) for masses of brass band info, the IBEW (Internet Bandsman's Everything Within) site. Covers so much even though the site appears to be due to the efforts of just one person (Gavin Holman) ]. The site contains a huge amount of material of interest to any brass band enthusiast.

Printed Music

Much is available for FREE download from sites such as the huge IMSLP site. Nearly all the music available at IMSLP is of a classical nature, but can be a gold mine for musicians of any genre wanting to study orchestration methods and instrumental voicings as used by old and not so old masters like Ravel, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky etc. At that same site are also many of the classic instrumental 'tutor' books.

Downloadable Audio

The Live Music Archive site has thousands of playable examples of (mainly American) concerts and recordings of many genres of music.
[ Instead of downloading each time to hear a particular piece, a better method is to use a web recording programme. Two of these ('TotalRecorder' and 'Web Stream Recorder') are listed under Electro and Software - Web recorders. The cheapest versions of these are for audio only, but that should be enough for musicians - real musicians don't need visual appeal? ]
To quote Artie Shaw (commenting on his musicians doing visual tricks such as holding up their instruments and swaying in unison) "I said the audience doesnt know its fun. They think you're doing showmanship. And if we have to do showmanship that means we're very insecure about the music. Sit down and respect what you do. If you dont, they won't.

Perform on the Web

It is now quite easy to let others hear your latest efforts by attaching clips to emails or uploading videos or sound files to YouTube, Facebook etc. There is nothing as valuable to a performer as getting feedback from colleagues, but a good second-best is getting opinions from the 'real world'.

Free Books

For many free books on music and almost anything else, the Gutenberg Project is the site.
For those of us who are curious about the nuts and bolts of why music 'sounds', the not-too-technical bible is von Helmholtz's "On the Sensations of Tone", a great work! The Dover publication is available quite cheaply (~$10 secondhand) from the larger web bookstores. Alternatively, the .pdf version is available as a free download from Archive.org  [N.B. over 60MB !].


For the nuts and bolts of DIY music synthesis, visit Bernie Hutchins' ELECTRONOTES site. It contains masses of information on topics ranging from analogue music synthesis theory to DIY PCBs for synths, much of it free to download.

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