In this episode of the podcast we discuss Bret Pimentel’s blog and website, his contribution to The Clarinet magazine as a co-writer of the Clarinet Cache article, his doubling career, and his work as a professor at Delta State University.
Students, make sure to stick around all the way till the end where Dr. Pimentel shares some valuable audition tips!
Bret Pimentel Biography
Woodwind player Bret Pimentel is comfortable in a wide variety of musical settings. He is at home with the classical solo repertoire of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone, as well as chamber and symphonic music, jazz, and rock and pop. In addition to the major modern woodwinds, he is skilled at a variety of “world” woodwinds and the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument.
Bret teaches applied oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone at Delta State University (Mississippi, USA), as well as chamber music, woodwind methods, and jazz courses. In 2014 he won the Humanities Teacher Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Bret’s website, bretpimentel.com, is a go-to resource for woodwind players and teachers, who visit for thoughtful blog posts and other resources and tools including the Woodwind Doubling in Musicals list and the Fingering Diagram Builder.
Bret’s writing has also been published in The Instrumentalist magazine and in The Clarinet, for which he currently co-writes the Clarinet Cache column. He is a frequent presenter and performer at conferences of the National Flute Association, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, and North American Saxophone Alliance.
Bret received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in multiple woodwinds performance. His master’s degree, also in multiple woodwinds performance, is from Indiana University, and his bachelor’s degree, in saxophone performance, is from Brigham Young University.
- 00:00 – Intro music
- 00:26 – Guest introduction and Giveaway announcement
- 02:45 – Brought to you by D’Addario Woodwinds
- 03:13 – Interview begins with Bret Pimentel
- 03:49 – How did your blog (BretPimentel.com) get started and what keeps it going?
- 05:39 – Why do you think having a sense of humor is valuable online?
- 06:44 – If I was visiting your site for the first time, what are the top 3 things I should check out?
- 08:00 – What are the top three posts of all time?
- 16:24 – How many posts are there on your website? (over 500!)
- 17:30 – Discussion about mythology and “vagueness” in pedagogy and performance
- 19:15 – Daryl Caswell’s “Landwell” Reed Knife
- 19:32 – Some of the tools on Bret’s Blog
- 25:20 – Are there plans for an app for these tools?
- 26:00 – Discussion about the Clarinet Cache article in The Clarinet Magazine
- 28:40 – Discussion about Woodwind Doubling
- 32:10 – How do you plan practice with so many instruments?
- 34:45 – How do you deal with the expense of reeds and maintenance?
- 36:28 – Have you tried synthetic reeds? What do you think?
- 38:46 – Discussion about teaching at Delta State University
- 41:02 – Do you encourage students to double?
- 42:28 – Is it ever too early to start doubling?
- 45:30 – What is your advice for students doing undergrad/college auditions?
- 49:20 – Interview ends… Time for the lightning round!
- 49:50 – Lightning round (see below)
- 58:44 – Episode ends
- 58:46 – Brought to you by D’Addario Woodwinds
- 59:13 – Outro music (Thank you Tom Puwalski!)
If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find?
What is one book you’d recommend all Clarinetists read?
What is the best piece of advice you ever received, and who gave it to you?
Ray Smith (Bret’s saxophone professor) said:
“Surround yourself with musicians who are better than you.”
“Make every performance an act of service to your audience.”
What is your all-time favorite piece of music?
If you could meet any musician or composer, past or present, who would it be, and why?
The giveaway for this episode is a gold-plated D’Addario “H” ligature with mouthpiece cap.
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