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 Reed Books to Practice
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-04 13:45

Anyone know of a resouce on how to acquire the books or copies of the parts to musicals? Or how some of you learn the parts if you don't have the books. Thanks

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: Mark Charette 
Date:   2011-12-04 14:09

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2011-12-07 20:53

Reed books are normally sent in advance to the MD, and distributed by the contractor. You're lucky to get a week or so to work on them. It's pretty much the way it is.

You can learn the G&S books - most of them are posted on IMSLP.org.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: mikeW 
Date:   2011-12-08 16:58

Keep in mind that (1) copies of anything in copyright is most likely illegal, (2) Most of the music in shows is not that difficult, once you get used to playing in keys with lots of sharps or flats, (3) There are probably more effective ways to practice switching between doubles than practicing from show books.

Now, I wish someone would publish a book of excerpts which contains the more difficult and soloistic passages from the various shows one is likely to encounter. That's something I would buy. But given the multiplicity of reed parts and the fact that new shows are always being added to the mix leads me to think this would not be such a straightforward enterprise.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-08 17:16

I just finished Urinetown for the local college (I'm not in college), which isn't too diffiecult, some upper register clarinet, but we're talking going up against every reed player in the world if you want to play on broadway (of which I intend). So the phrasing needs to be spot on, articulations flawless, and quick lines clean. There's just no possible way to sight read to that level. I want to get a heads up early, before moving to NYC, because it's so darn expensive, I just don't know how long I could last waiting for my break. I'm guessing the only way to get into the scene is to take a lesson from one of the guys, and hopefully get a copy.

They should really have excerpt books like they do for classical music. I'd feel much more confident.

I got offered a tour, but had to turn it down. It's ok cause I'm starting oboe up right now, and can use the time to get it together. But here in Philadelphia I'm having trouble with the lack of decent paying steady work.

Illegal or not, the Real Book lasted in print 30 years without a hitch.

And one last point, I find it funny that we practice the hardest etudes we can find, sound like virtuosos on 12 different instruments, and then play music that we could have played at age 14. What an ironic career choice.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: mikeW 
Date:   2011-12-09 19:27

Well, good luck there. Perhaps you've already seen David Hahn's website on how he became a Broadway Musician: http://www.musicianwages.com/broadway-musician, where he details the several years he spent working towards that goal. Interesting reading.

I think I first saw this link on the sax-on-the-web forum, where there has also been some discussion of getting to Broadway: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?107452-Becoming-a-Broadway-Theater-Pit-Musician.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-10 02:07

I can't wait to read the David Hahn stuff. It looks great.

The John Miller stuff I've seen and is exactly why I want the books before I move to NYC. A great resource, and a bit overwhelming. Nothing like a bit of luck though to facilitate hard work.

Thanks for the link.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: Jaysne 
Date:   2011-12-15 15:49

I wanted to examine harmonies in the reed books for Guys and Dolls, so I called up the publisher (I think it was MTI), and they said they would be happy to send me all five books for a minimal fee plus shipping. (You could tell that the guy I spoke to was a real musician because of the way his voice perked up when I told him about my project.)

I had to sign a contract saying that what I was doing was on the up-and-up and that I promised to return the books by a certain date.

I think in the end the whole thing cost me about 15 bucks.

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-16 03:51

Thank you so much Jaysne for that bit. I will definitely try that early in the next year. Exactly what I'm looking for!

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: Joseph Tomasso 
Date:   2012-02-14 14:41

good luck with the oboe. After getting my bachelor in both clarinet and saxophone i picked up the oboe and it took almost 4 years of continual practice to have a decent sound and a good grasp of reed making. i've now shifted my goal to be an oboe primary so saxophone and clarinet are on the back burner and even at this level of focus (4 hours of oboe a day minimum!) I feel like i'm barely hanging on compared to "only oboists." Although i'm looking for a symphonic/teaching career and not broadway playing so perhaps the orchestral standard is what is driving me crazy. Maybe you can avoid mozart :)

get the best teacher you can, listen non-stop, and be prepared to cry over reeds!

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 Re: Reed Books to Practice
Author: Karen Stenger 
Date:   2013-01-08 18:05

Has anyone played the Reed 2 book for Young Frankenstein? If so, are there a lot of oboe/english horn parts? Thank you

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