The English Tabor Pipe has only three holes. One is on the back for the thumb and two are on the front of the instrument. These pipes were designed to be played with one hand. Typically, the performer plays a tabor drum with the other hand. The pipe has a range of over an … Continue reading Medieval Music for One Hand: The Tabor Pipe
Guest Post: David Nabb
I am excited to introduce my first guest writer, David Nabb. He is a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Born and raised in Iowa, he holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Since … Continue reading Guest Post: David Nabb
The ocarina is an instrument with many variations. Some have four holes, some have six, some have twelve. Some are made of wood, some are made of metal, some are made of plastic. Thanks to the Ocarina Workshop, some can be played with one hand. Christa Liggins at the Ocarina Workshop says that their motto … Continue reading One-Handed Ocarina
The Case for Adapted Musical Instruments
David Nabb is a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Keaney. He suffered a stroke in 2000 which paralyzed the left side of his body. Over the course of several years, he worked with Jeff Stelling to design a saxophone that can be played with the right hand alone. David recently gave … Continue reading The Case for Adapted Musical Instruments
I invented something! And you can, too!
About 6 years ago, I created a soprano recorder brace out of a plastic thumb rest, a wooden dowel, a screw, some glue, and some foam. I use this brace today and I made one for my alto recorder, as well. They are not fancy, but they work. After dreaming about doing this for ages, I finally … Continue reading I invented something! And you can, too!