Every music teacher knows the old story: the student that begins practicing his instrument without a metronome. After a while, he/she can't keep the same tempo, feel the subdivision, and even worse.. make mistakes without being aware of them. Also, a student without metronome can't practice the usual step by step increase/decrease exercises.

Excuses are more than many, but the most common is... it is too expensive! I understand that the financial situation of some families is not the best, so I did a search and found a metronome for as little as 3€ and 60 cents (free shipping).

A simple eBay search revealed some low-cost options, but you should select the Free Shipping and Buy Now options to avoid surprises.

I made a video to show the features...

I wish you a nice practicing session and now, since there are no more excuses...

ALWAYS WITH A METRONOME

 

 

The IHS E-Newsletter December 2016 presents a series of articles on Portugal.

One of them mentions my works for horn

Horn Compositions by Ricardo Matosinhos 

The book Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well written by Frøydis Ree Wekre walemão, francês, as already translated to Deutch, French, Czech, Polish, Japanese...but not Portuguese yet!

The Portuguese version was released by AvA Musical Editions as Reflexões sobre como tocar bem trompa. The translation was done by Sofia Gomes (my wife) and my collaboration on more specific horn details, the cover and the music excerpts. It was a great honor to be able to follow this project and now all the Portuguese speakers can also get to know the thoughts of this great pedagogue on warming up, embouchure, practice and more.... music more...

I highly recommend this book to every horn player, professionals, amateurs, students (and their parents too!)

On December 19th, 2016, two new pieces I wrote for clarinet will be the premiered during the ClarMeet.Porto’16,  that will be held at the Conservatório de Música do Porto, Oporto, Portugal.

At 12:00 a.m. will be premiered the The Human Puppet, op.70 for Clarinet and Percussion (steel drum alto & cajon) with option dance performer, dedicated to the ClapDuo
Cândida Oliveira - Clarinet, Bruno Costa - Percussion, with Carla P. Loureiro as the special guest dance performer.
It is a piece that help us to do a reflection on the human condition and the free will, where a musical soundscape of a human puppet is illustrated by a dance performer.

At 3:15 p.m. the piece R u tall king tummy?, op.69 for clarinet sextet and drums, will be premiered by the Black & White 6tet.
It is a very energetic piece, mixing the blues and the world music, that every one will enjoy!

These are just two concertos of a very interesting music festival organised by the Portuguese Clarinet Association.

 

The piece Traveling for flute and alto flute was published today at Scherzo Editions