Secret. Don’t tell anyone!

There's something about that last practice recording of JJ 1 that I'm embarrassed to admit. It certainly would alter and perhaps interfere with the performance. Anyone care to guess? It's something you would know if you saw me playing. (and no, it's not that I was naked!)

Jeanjean 1 entire etude

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23 comments for “Secret. Don’t tell anyone!

  1. September 30, 2009 at

    I hereby abdicate my hard-won prize to Bob, who can make better use of it than I……

    • September 30, 2009 at

      You deserve a chocolate cookie for all that mental effort!!

  2. September 30, 2009 at


    I was listening to French String Quartets, quite loudly, through inear phones on my PalmPre. Actually, a beautiful thing happened. At I approached and played the last "picardy third" of the JJ, the first movement of Ravel 4tet also ended, ON THE SAME NOTE!!!! It was so cool.

    I could hear, more like feel, the clarinet sound and pitch through me head and teeth….

    Betsy wins the slightly used Legere reject reed!!!!!!! Thank you all for playing!!!!

    • Bob
      September 30, 2009 at

      Errrrrr!! What's she going to do with it…strap 2 together and make a bassoon reed!? 🙁

      • September 30, 2009 at

        Hey, maybe I should invent a Legere bassoon reed with my reject legere clarinet reeds!!!!

  3. September 30, 2009 at

    Don't tell me you were listening to music! Or a tuner! Or a metronome! Were you listening to your phone?

  4. September 30, 2009 at

    Were you listening to something else while playing? I know some people practice while watching a game …

  5. September 30, 2009 at

    Were you wearing "inear" plugs?

  6. September 30, 2009 at

    Were you wearing ear plugs?

    • September 30, 2009 at

      You’re hot on the trail! Take it another step. What’s worse? (like I said, kids do it all the time…)

    • September 30, 2009 at

      You are SOOO close. Yes, I was wearing earplugs, but not plain earplugs. These do something….Soooo….. I was,,,,,doing what with those plugs in….???? Do kids walk around with plain earplugs in their ears all day? or…

  7. Gretchen Roper
    September 30, 2009 at

    Watching TV with the volume off?!

    • September 30, 2009 at

      That’s a great guess, Gretchen. I do that sometimes. But not this time.

  8. September 29, 2009 at

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  9. September 29, 2009 at

    Nothing I DO with my body. Something many young folks do all the time.

  10. Michael Norsworthy
    September 29, 2009 at

    Puffing our cheeks out a lot?

    • September 29, 2009 at

      I love this! Are you all just kidding me? I keep giving all these HUGE hints. Keep guessing…

  11. Aprilyn
    September 29, 2009 at

    I use to know someone who would thrust their hips when they played. Perhaps that?

    • September 29, 2009 at

      Nope. No extra motion. Something distracting to the very organs we use to hear. That pretty much gives it away…

  12. September 29, 2009 at

    nice try. but no. what do many of us do, often continuously, especially younger ones? It could be considered rude in company…

  13. Gretchen
    September 28, 2009 at

    Did you have gum in your mouth?

  14. bill fogle
    September 27, 2009 at

    OK, you have my complete attention. I listened to every note of your practice (prior post). I thought it was especially expressive, plangent and lovely. But I am unable to guess what you are referring to. (?)

    So … were you naked (or not)? Is that inappropriate of me to ask?

    • September 27, 2009 at

      Can I wait a day or so before answering… to give the throngs of others lurking about a chance give their guesses?

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