I miss you, clarinet. It’s allergy season.

I miss you, clarinet. It’s allergy season.

It’s been a few weeks since I practiced. I did get some saxophone practice in on Saturday, but with the way my allergies have been attacking, I haven’t played much. And I miss it. It’s on my to do list app. I keep thinking I ought to play more. After...
Practice Takes A Break (Clarinet Wednesday)

Practice Takes A Break (Clarinet Wednesday)

Practice took a vacation last week. Chronic illness flared on top of allergy counts so high the weather guy was fanboying out over them (Mold is high today. Watch out for that oak pollen.) Considering that I was sweeping oak tree “stuff” up every time I...
Progress on the Saxophone (Sax on Friday)

Progress on the Saxophone (Sax on Friday)

Something clicked last week. I also put new batteries in my tuner and am pleased that I’m on pitch. I’m learning new notes and even, yes, making music. I did record a duet, though doing so without having my metronome on meant that it didn’t come out...
Reed Strength and Mouthpieces

Reed Strength and Mouthpieces

Last week during my vacation, I thought I’d try one of the Pete Fountain clarinet reeds, a 3.5 strength, which I’d played on before. Of course, I’d been playing on a 2.0 strength reed (one of my Chinese Ebay purchases), and so imagine my surprise...
Almost Making Music (Sax on Friday)

Almost Making Music (Sax on Friday)

B A G C These are the four notes that I know how to play on the saxophone. I’m thankful that the names of the notes on the staff are the same as for the clarinet, so I don’t have to relearn that part. The fingering is of course, way different, and...
It’s not like the clarinet (Sax on Friday)

It’s not like the clarinet (Sax on Friday)

I haven’t been feeling well and I’ve been using that as an excuse not to practice. Makes sense anyway. Mother nature is messing with my sinuses and I have issues breathing right now, not to mention the general “fug” of fibromyalgia and the...

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