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Examination of a MIDI wind controller for use in wind performance research
Music Performance Research (2015)
  • Laura A. Stambaugh
MIDI wind controllers (MWCs) have existed for over 20 years, but
their use as a tool in wind instrument research has received little attention. The
purpose of this investigation was to examine the validity and practicality of using
an MWC in wind performance research. Validity was examined by determining
the consistency between performances on an MWC and on a clarinet or
saxophone. Practicality was assessed by determining the duration of practice
time by single reed players on an MWC. Following a pilot study involving four
clarinettists and two saxophonists, nine participants practised and performed
warm‐ups, scales, and a melodic excerpt on an MWC for four days. Performances
were analysed for warm‐up time, practice time, pitch accuracy, and duration.
Warm‐up and practice times were reasonable relative to total study session
durations. Results indicated MWCs are a practical and valid proxy in research for
saxophonists. For clarinettists without saxophone experience, appropriate
musical tasks are limited to playing passages in the key of C. Areas of research
that could benefit from the use of MWCs are dynamics, micro‐timing, and musicmotor
  • MIDI,
  • wind controller,
  • wind instrument,
  • contextual interference,
  • practice
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Laura A. Stambaugh. "Examination of a MIDI wind controller for use in wind performance research" Music Performance Research (2015)
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