Episode 34 – Bret Pimentel on his blog, Woodwind Doubling, Audition Tips, and more.

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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

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.


Website: bretpimentel.com

Twitter: @WoodwindNinja

Facebook: /bretpimentel

Discussion Transcript

Lightning Round

If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find?

David Hite Studies: Book 2
My Aunt gives me a Clarinet Lesson by Mark W. Phillips
Walt Weiskopf: Intervallic Improvisation
Barret: Complete Oboe Method
…and more!

What is one book you’d recommend all Clarinetists read?

Nancy Toff: The Flute Book

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?

For clarinet, the Debussy “Premiere Rhapsody”

If you could meet any musician or composer, past or present, who would it be, and why?

J.S. Bach
Paul Hindemith


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