So let me preface this blog post by giving you some background information. This summer I practiced all day long, alternating between flute, clarinet, and saxophone with oboe sprinkled in. I was taking private lessons on the flute and giving it a lot of my attention. My teacher kept telling me that I was using … Continue reading Dealing with De Quervain’s
I'm auditioning for a multiples program in February and have been attempting to find enough hours in the day to prepare a bajillion (yep) things on all my instruments. I've begun lessons with Jan Crisanti, former principal of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, who suggested a tip for me that she uses herself when feeling … Continue reading Timer Tricks
Obtaining good doubling instruments feels like a constant work in progress. However, the goal is to eventually settle on your "forever" instruments with equipment that works well. I'll go through my experience (good, bad, and ugly) and hopefully steer some of you out of pitfalls that I fell into. Please keep in mind that this … Continue reading Woodwind doubling–How to Select Your Non-Primary Instruments: Clarinet
As a band director, practicing all five woodwind instruments every day was no sweat. Morning warm up and heavy-duty clarinet practice before beginners. Flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet fundamentals five days a week with my classes. Then after-school private lessons with JH and HS all-region kiddos on various instruments; I'd play/learn right along with them … Continue reading Practicing your 2-4 woodwind doubles when you have no time
I have been told over and over and OVER again that I should record everything I play and listen to it in order to improve. I know I should. I really do. Then the thoughts go through my head: I don't have time to listen back. I sound horrible on this-and-such phone/recorder. And then the … Continue reading The Importance of Recordings, and other things you have heard 1000+ times.
As I have transitioned into an "adult-ier adult," (you feel young and inexperienced sometimes but society looks at you as an adult...think 20s to early 30s) I have experienced being in many bands, combos, chamber ensembles, and large groups. Each situation is different and the personalities vary, but there are unspoken rules to getting through … Continue reading The Unspoken Rules of Rehearsal Etiquette, Adult-ier Adult Version
While every musician has a primary instrument, many go on to pick up several more for varying reasons. I'm sharing my doubling history just for fun. Also, for those interested in beginning to double, please, for the love of Pete, get a teacher. Really. It will save you great amounts of frustration and headaches as … Continue reading Woodwind Doubling, Beginnings
I had the opportunity to measure several bores of vintage barrels a few weeks ago, including ones that were reamed by Mr. Moennig himself. It occurred to me that somewhere on the Internet someone might be curious to find out the differences between the ones he made and the contemporary ones now found online. Disclaimer: … Continue reading Hans Moennig barrel specs
It's been almost six weeks since my surgery. I did not play for four weeks, and when my periodontist gave me the go-ahead I began with ten minutes the first couple of days, then ten minutes every hour or so for a few hours a day. School started this week at UNT, and I played … Continue reading Tooth Chronicles: Success!
Update I haven't played my clarinet in seven days, and only played sparingly before that. UNT faculty and I have decided that it is best to move my surgery up and have my juries in January after I've healed. I'm so ready to get back in the swing of things--I've had DREAMS about practicing my … Continue reading The Tooth Chronicles: Countdown