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BrassWindFix – Diary

2012-10-24 14.51.49BrassWindFix enjoyed a very busy lead up to Christmas with brass and woodwind instruments of all shapes and sizes coming through the workshop needing servicing, repair and also some serious dent work. The workshop is run by Justin Pavey, an expert woodwind and brass repairer – also an expert in dent-work!

The Christmas season was a busy old time and BrassWindFix are now looking through the diary for 2014.  With Easter on the horizon the BrassWindFix diary is already fully-booked until after the February half-term.

We know that on the lead up to Easter there will be some nervous, confident, apprehensive and enthusiastic musical students in the area that have examinations, rehearsals, performances and competitions starting soon afterwards.   There will be many hours spent practicising for those all-important nail-biting examinations.

Whilst you’re practising, please take a look at your woodwind or brass instrument.  Is it in the best possible condition it can be?  Are there any keys sticking? Do any pads need replacing? Have you dropped or damaged it? Have you been playing it whilst chewing gum and blown it into the neck of the instrument? (you’d be surprised how many sweeties we remove from instruments!) Would it need just a little expert TLC to make it feel like a brand new instrument again?

You need to ensure your instrument is in peak condition as it can enhance and improve your performance so everything works with you exactly as it should.  But please don’t leave it until the last minute!  Book your instrument in for servicing or repair with BrassWindFix now – you’ll need a little time to practice and adjust to your newly serviced/repaired instrument after its been in the BrassWindFix workshop! It will play like new afterwards!

BrassWindFix are fully-booked up until the February half-term holidays and, as we work a diary system, you’ll need to book your instrument into the diary as soon as possible.  We do have some emergency appointments available but these also get full quickly!

After an instrument service or repair at BrassWindFix we receive lots of calls and emails telling us how pleased the client is with the work.  We are often told that “it feels like a brand-new instrument” or “it’s never played so well” after BrassWindFix has worked on it and the majority of our work comes through recommendation.

So contact us now! Get it booked into the diary before all the available dates are gone!

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How to choose a Woodwind or Brass Instrument for my Child

L&HChildren are fickle.  They like the latest craze, fad or gadget going.  However, if they see and hear you playing a musical instrument from a young age you are more likely to pique their interest and desire into learning an instrument.  Music is fun, requires concentration, determination, perseverance, dexterity and it has been proven that children who play an instrument are more confident, more mature (yes even for a musician!) and playing an instrument apparently make them smarter! What’s not to like?

Choosing an instrument for your child is difficult.  So how do you choose a woodwind or brass instrument for your child? More importantly, it shouldn’t be the parent who chooses the instrument – it should be the child.  If you have any musical talent yourself then play your instrument in front of your child, let them hold it, try and get a note out of it, listen to and feel it. They will ask lots of questions so answer them all and be encouraging.  Talk about your experiences and how much fun you’ve had playing with other musicians and experimenting with different music.  Try and play recorded music around the home as much as possible of all different genres.  Ask them what instrument they are interested in, if they don’t know, a visit to a music shop would be a good idea so they can see the range of different instruments on offer.

Don’t make the mistake of buying the most expensive instrument in that particular range – they may not like it!  But equally don’t buy the cheapest on offer as the quality and playability will be more difficult and the child will lose interest quicker.  Most music shops offer a rental scheme whereby you can try the instrument for a short time and see how your child gets on, how committed they are to practising and whether they like it.  Some rental schemes will take off the monthly payments from the final purchase price if you wish to proceed.

Great starter instruments are: FLUTES: fairly easy to learn once the technique is in place. RECORDERS: buy a plastic one to begin with as professional wooden recorders can be expensive. CLARINET: a little bigger to hold but once mastered other options are available such as bass clarinet, bassoon or oboe. SAXOPHONE: normally start with an Alto saxophone as they are the most common saxophone. If they like it they can change to a tenor sax, bari sax or the smaller soprano sax. TRUMPET / CORNET: smaller children are best learning the cornet first as the bell is less heavy and easier to hold but older children can start on the trumpet. TROMBONE: this is a slightly different brass instrument as it has a “slide” to obtain notes rather than rely on valves.

Whatever woodwind or brass instrument your child chooses, encourage them!  They will need to spend a lot of time practising and the early days will often sound like a cat being strangled but it does get better!  Being part of a team in an orchestra or band when they are older will be well worth all the hours spent practising and learning to read music!  There’s no better feeling than playing music and, if they are good enough, it could well be a fulltime or part-time career for them in the future, taking them all over the world and meeting some amazing people!

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COVID-19: Following the latest Government announcement the BrassWindFix workshop will re-open as planned on Monday 12th April. If you would like to make a booking please use our contact page to send us a message, or call the workshop on 01934 861226 from Monday onwards.

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