Seeing Progress (Clarinet Re-Learn)

This past weekend was finally the point where the fingers and the brain started working together and I realized progress. I’m still working on Pares Scales, and the first exercise at that. However, I found my rhythm, even without the metronome that I misplaced,...

Finding The Right Music Room

Oh the reasons we give ourselves for finding the right place, the right time, the right…everything to practice. I’m in the process of going through and rearranging a couple of rooms in my house. And now I’m faced with the dilemma. Do I practice in...

Practice Compassion (Musical Practice)

One of the hardest things I find as someone who is coming back to playing the clarinet after a hiatus of about 20 years is to be compassionate with myself. I remember how easy it seemed, how I could hit the high notes and had the lung capacity to play through the long...
Clarinet Update: Turkey Edition

Clarinet Update: Turkey Edition

Not much of a practice update this week. In spite of the extra day off work due to the holiday, I had way too much on the to do list and with the hustle of the holiday weekend, very little practicing happened. I would have liked to blame that on the battery finally...
Consistency and Making Time To Practice

Consistency and Making Time To Practice

You can tell when you’re getting into a regular practice schedule. The lips and cheeks start to hurt less; the tone sounds better. Notes come easier, and even hitting those high notes happens. At least this was the case with me this week as I worked to continue...
Embrochure and Endurance

Embrochure and Endurance

When you haven’t played clarinet for 20+ years, one of the things you quickly notice when you get back to playing is that the muscles of the cheeks and lips really get a workout. The embrochure (the way you hold your lips and mouth) really taxes muscles that...