The other day while catching up on Bret Pimentel's blog, I came across his review of the Étude book for doublers. (You can check it out here.) After reading his review, I instantly went on Dorn Publications and ordered it! The parts of his review that sold me: 1) the fact it DOES NOT include double reeds. ---While I may go down that road one day ... for the time being I'm sticking to the single reeds. 2) This sentence: "This book isn't for beginners or casual doublers. Vadala, with ill-concealed glee, mercilessly harps on the most difficult issues of each instrument, and of switching between them" --- thank you ... please kick my butt. No mercy. ) 3) "This book also isn't double-reed friendly; it's strictly flute-clarinet-saxophone doubling. That should do it for most jazz saxophonists who are working on their flute and clarinet chops" --- YUP ... that's me! ;o) 4) "And so I find the idea of an Étude book "for doublers" to be a little problematic--wouldn't I be better off using the tried-and-true Étude books for each individual instrument?" --- This is one of the few critisims (or at least questioning of the material) that Bret mentions in his review. I DO see his point, but I already have all those "tried-and true Étude books" and I'm obviously working though them ... however one of the main things I personally need more attention on is the very skill of switching - hense why I was so interested! Yes we need to be flute players and clarinet players etc - not doublers - when it comes to sound and skill... but we also need to be able to throw our "clarinet face" out the window in a bar and half and put on the "flute face" as if we never had played the clarinet ... for me that's the hardest aspect of doubling. Anyways ... I should recieve my book in about a week and will return to throw my two cents in about initial impressions and my feelings once I work through the book a bit. To Bret, I say thanks for bringing this to attention in your blog! I would have never known about it otherwise. )!