I’ve been asked so often about giving lessons on playing soprano, and each time I’ve declined.
There are a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most important is that I have never thought that there is one way to play soprano, and I would never want to discourage somebody from their own path by pointing them down a different path.
But, over the last 20 years I’ve seen the same issues arise with lots of different players and I recognized that they each have been making certain assumptions about playing soprano, and mostly doing so unconsciously. They’re not really aware of it.
So, beginning now, I’ll be offering consultations/lessons via Zoom, for anybody that is struggling or stuck or frustrated with their play on soprano, especially with their sound and intonation.
I do not envision this as some on-going lesson schedule for players, not a weekly or monthly thing. After the initial Zoom meeting, the player will take what’s been suggested and go to work on that, in a specific way that I will detail. Then, when the player feels the need to follow up, they’ll contact me and we’ll make an arrangement for another session.
What I can tell you is that you will find your sound and music becoming richer and that you will likely experience some important changes, changes that you can take to your other horns as well.
The focus will be sound and intonation, and I think you will like the work and come to embrace it as a major part of your music life.