The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

I had a rough week last week in regards to practice, but I’m back. I’m bobbling through a few of the transitions right now in this piece due to my hands. I have a couple of issues: 1) My hands hurt quite a bit due to the cold and due to my chronic illness....
The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

All the Notes

I’ve got a bit of a craft project happening on my desk right now. The music I’m working on is a solo, taken straight from a conference solo book. This means it has both the clarinet and the piano parts. Talk about notes! Three staves worth for each line....
The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

missed christmas, Hoping to have music ready for you soon

I had hoped to have a little Christmas music to play and share with you. But things kind of got hectic and my practice fell off, and alas, there wasn’t any Christmas music. However, I am back, found one of my non-Christmas solo books, and am practicing once...
Exercising The Clarinet Muscles (Music Monday)

Exercising The Clarinet Muscles (Music Monday)

Reed: Rinyin 2.5 (ebay purchase) My goal for picking up my clarinet practice again was twofold. First, practice consistently. Second, get better! There was a third goal, which I didn’t realize until I started playing — get my lip and mouth muscles back. I...
The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

Preparation Is Half The Battle, Right?

I’m one step closer to getting back in the playing habit. Over the weekend my goal was to organize my music drawer. I am using an old SmartPak (equine supplement) plastic drawer in which I store my reeds and apparently half a dozen music books, an old flute...
The Hands ARen’t What They used To Be

It’s Been A Long Time (Music Monday)

It’s been a really long time since I’ve picked up my clarinet, and I need to rectify that. Back when I started working from home, I thought I’d have “more time” to play. And yet, between health concerns and everything else going on, the...