The Easiest Way to Practice: Get Started!

It has long been my experience that, once I get started, practicing is almost always an enjoyable experience. I appreciate how playing long tones and basic technical passages helps me improve and maintain my skills, and also works like a sort of soothing meditation in my soul.  I enjoy the feeling of improving on various …

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Try New Things-Make New Friends

I was recently invited to play onstage for the Joffrey Nutcracker as a “flamboyant Hungarian klezmer musician.”  I do not feel that any of those adjectives particularly apply to me, normally, but I was willing to make a daring, extroverted attempt.  It was quite a journey. First, I practiced the special part the Joffrey arranger …

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CIA (Clarinet Intelligence Association)

I sincerely hope that after spending time with me, my students subscribe to the so-called “Clarinet Intelligence Association.”  By this, I mean that they learn habits that will help them be smart about their practicing and performing. What would it look like to use “Clarinet Intelligence”?  1.       One would habitually warm-up, like an athlete, with …

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