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On this Page: Preface  |  How to Use the MIDI Files | Frequently Asked Questions

 


Preface

Welcome to the MIDI site for 2reed.net! This site contains MIDI (or MP3) files for intonation, scale and arpeggio practice (practice disks); accompaniments for double reed solo literature; and accompaniments for double reed orchestral excerpts.

All of the files by Terry Ewell were prepared on a Yamaha Clavinova (CVP-92). I want to thank Kleeb's Music and the Yamaha Corporation for the loan of the Clavinova.

Each accompaniment file name for solo literature and orchestra excerpts includes the first letter(s) of the composer's surname, the number of the piece or movement or section, and in most cases the tempo. See each index for a complete description. Those using the MIDI files with a Clavinova should have the option of turning on the metronome. Since these are practice accompaniments, few tempo deviations are made.

Some bassoon accompaniments by Terry Ewell contain MIDI files recorded during lessons with students. In many cases he was sight reading the music, so please forgive the wrong notes and occasional skeletal accompaniments. Terry has made an effort to post as many files on the site as quickly as possible to in order to demonstrate the site's potential and further future contributions by others. We hope replace many of these files with better accompaniments.


How to Use the MIDI Files

Ideas for Using Droning Pitches in the Practice Disks

In an earlier article, "Bassoon Lessons with Arnold Schwarzenegger..."  (page 102) Terry Ewell noted that playing passages of music over a droning pitch is a great aid to improving intonation.  While electronic tuners (such as a KORG) have their place, tuning to another pitch better simulates true performance conditions.  Electronic tuners make use of the eye not the ear for pitch adjustments. Students may become quite adept at visual tuning yet all the while neglecting to tune with their ears. Tuning to a droning pitch, however, helps student develop the aural skills they need to play in tune with other musicians.

A second article, "Keyboard Technology in the Double Reed Studio," The Double Reed, Journal Issue 22/2 (1999): 57-61 contains further details on using MIDI files. You can view this as a PDF file here.

 

Long Tone Exercises
Octave tuning (for instance, play every "C" on your instrument over a C drone)
Scales
Arpeggios
Tune Passages of Music (set drone for the tonic or dominant pitch of the passage)
Check the Intonation on Low Register Attacks

Ideas for Using Drones

The MIDI files for drones are now replaced with MP3 files on this website.

Making Use of the Orchestral Excerpt Accompaniments

The mastery of a difficult orchestral passage is dependent not only upon technical mastery, but also upon an understanding of how the solo part fits with the accompaniment. The MIDI files for orchestral accompaniments for select excerpts are included here to further the student's understanding of each passage and to provide the student with the feel of performing the excerpt with an orchestra. In many instances I have reduced the orchestral accompaniments to just 4 or 5 principal lines (tracks). Consequently many doublings are omitted.

I strongly encourage students and teachers to refer to the orchestral score when practicing the excerpt with the MIDI accompaniment. This will greatly clarify how the solo line should be played with the MIDI accompaniment.


 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I play a MIDI file?

You have several ways to play the MIDI files depending upon your computer, software, and access to a Clavinova. From a computer equipped with multimedia (software, sound card, and speakers) you can choose to download the MIDI file to your computer. 

Can I change the tempo of the accompaniments?

Yes, I know of two ways. You can alter the tempo of MIDI files played on Yamaha Clavinova. Also many sequencing programs will allow you to alter the tempo of MIDI files. We have placed several versions of MIDI files on the site in different tempos for those who do not have access to a Clavinova or sequencing programs.

How can I get a more realistic tone out of the accompaniments?

The quality of your sound system and computer software determines the realism of the accompaniments. The best sound may be obtained by playing the files in MuseScore2, Finale, or Sibelius. Upgrades to your computer sound system, sound card, or software; or playing the MIDI files on a Clavinova or similar instrument will greatly improve the sound. Please understand that the General MIDI instruments are only a meager facsimile of genuine orchestral instruments, therefore these files will never sound as good as an orchestral recording or performance.

 


Artwork by Terry B. Ewell

Copyright 2015-18 by Terry B. Ewell.