WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
This is a serious book for any bassoonist aspiring to achieve a complete technique. There are many publications that provide localized road maps to developing technical facility. Nadina’s book is the Google Earth of technical methods – extraordinarily comprehensive and thorough in range. Every page is an opportunity for challenge. Solitary Refinement is going to be my companion as I look to maintain and nurture my own playing.
National Arts Centre Orchestra
University of Ottawa
January , 2021
…in my observation, it’s a great “next step” from my Weissenborn Practical Method that I’ve almost worn out. And I love the way the Table of Content is set up. I read it as more than practice, techniques, chromatic & scales. The beginning/ introduction reads like having a conversation with you where you share your journey and how you’ve set your goals. Your thoughts for a musician to improve, develop and understand what’s needed to become a complete musician is very well written and gives me a guide to continue my journey as a musician.Thank you.
Marcia McGill, December 2020
Your book is wonderful, Nadina. I’m reading ever so slowly but it’s both a balm and a challenge, and I am absolutely loving it. Just got to the swashbuckling/delicate opposites and laughed out loud, and not for the first time. So enjoying this romp through your brain.It’s brilliant. I know there are exercises in here somewhere, but honestly I’m hoping it’s mostly your insights. Your voice is so gentle and insightful. It’s going to join my “bibles”, the ones I come to over and over. Thank you for writing this.
Cassandra Bendickson, December 2020
It’s been a fascinating journey so far to explore new and familiar exercises and ideas and finding SO many things to work on. What I particularly love about your book is the explicit sense of there not being an endpoint in one’s technical mastery. There will always be patterns in the extreme registers that I have to take a bit slower, intervals that are harder to get even and in tune, and tempi barriers that I need to push past. I hope to always keep the book on my stand and my new school semester resolution is to work through different parts of it for at least 30 mins a day, mostly because the work I’ve already done for a few weeks has given me a lot of information.. plus it’s really fun!
Nicolas Richard, Graduate Bassoon Student, Rice University, January 2021