Tip #122 – Mindfulness When Using Wind Pads

I certain situations where your live performance/recording is in need of human performers instead of electronic or artificial instruments – you must keep in mind the limitations of a human, especially a wind player.

Unless they know how to do “circular breathing” chances of you having a wind section hold long notes for extended periods of time is slim to none.

So, what are some options that you can do for creating a wind instrument pad while being mindful the lung limitations of the performers.

One thing you can do, if there are multiple people in a section, is to write staggered points of breathing marks or rests. That helps create a smooth continuous line without the players taking a breath at the same time.

In the case you only have one person per instrument section, look as to wear you can add breath marks or rests that best complement the melody. Meaning, structure it around the phrasing of the main melody or harmonic rhythm. This will make the pad seem connect to another part of the music, even if it has to take a breath and break the pad.

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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