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In The Musical Instrument Desk Reference, Michael Pagliaro, musical instrument authority extraordinaire, provides the one-stop shop for those in need of a quick, visually-rich reference guide to band and orchestral instruments. Descriptions and illustrations of everything from the physics of sound to detailed discussions of each orchestra and band instrument make this work the ideal table-top reference tool for the working musician. Through its Quick Start and In Depth features, readers can quickly decide how deeply they want to delve into the instrument at hand. Following a contemporary format designed to facilitate what any musician or music instructor needs to know, The Musical Instrument Desk Reference eliminates the need to leaf through multiple method books or trawl through websites to find what they need to know. The Musical Instrument Desk Reference includes general information on fingering, the anatomy of musical instruments, sound production, amplification, and control, as well as the science of sound. Readers will find individual chapters on woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon), brass instruments (trumpet, French horn, trombone and many others), non-fretted string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass), and percussion instruments. In each category, Pagliaro delves deeper, describing for woodwinds such things as tuning, key systems, fingerings, sound production, tone holes, assembly, materials, embouchures, reed use, and blowing technique; for brass instruments such matters as valve systems, slide technique, fingering patterns, French horn types, mouthpiece selection, and intonation; for non-fretted string instrument such issues as tuning and fingering, playing position, bowing technique, instrument parts and materials; and for percussion instrument such elements as instrument types and their classifications, tuning procedures, and accessoriesThe Musical Instrument Desk Reference is the perfect guide for anyone interested in or responsible for working with varieties of instruments and their players. Teachers, students, teachers in training, music instructors, instrument technicians, and musicians can locate quickly any specific detail related to the any one of the standard band or orchestral instruments.