Below are some of my recommendations of books to read.
First, a disclaimer. I am not telling you to buy anything, or insisting on any one method book, oboe model, or piece of reed-making equipment. I do get questions all the time, though, about these things, and on this page I will lay out many of the things I have found to work. Based on your individual needs you might gravitate to one specific thing or another – or use something completely different. If you have questions, feel free to reach out!
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Who doesn’t love to LEARN, and keep learning? This book, on the art and craft of expression in music, puts into words an approach to artistry that is achievable for everyone. McGill explains why you have to be intentional in music, not merely intuitive, and spells out how. I found this a FASCINATING read.
Barry Green’s Inner Game of Music takes the same concepts as The Inner Game of Tennis and spells them out for musicians. Both books are great – I tend to prefer the original Tennis version because drawing mental connections is a treat for me, but I read the Music version first as a student and loved it instantly.
I am crazy about the intersection of music and entrepreneurship – both of these books are terrific resources for musicians who need to START SOMETHING UP. Some people can come out of school and slide right into the high-paying career they had dreamed of, but many of us need to work at it. Beyond Talent and The Savvy Musician are terrific books that can help.
Here’s the book from which the DeBost Scale Game is drawn – The Simple Flute. It’s also a brilliant, quirky, delightful read about the artistry of playing the flute. Easily adaptable except for some REAL SPECIFIC fingering and breathing details.