Dealing with De Quervain’s

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

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Timer Tricks

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

Woodwind doubling–How to Select Your Non-Primary Instruments: Clarinet

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

Practicing your 2-4 woodwind doubles when you have no time

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

The Importance of Recordings, and other things you have heard 1000+ times.

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.

The Unspoken Rules of Rehearsal Etiquette, Adult-ier Adult Version

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