Month: November 2009

Super Long Tones

Once in awhile I take a deep look at long tones. The goal is not just to play long-tones, but to play extremely long, deeply controlled tones with good pitch, sound and control. For us wind players the key is…

Deep Vacation Slow Practice

Several days visiting my father in Charleston, SC has allowed me the time to explore the edges of my technique. Relishing the open schedule, and sunny warmth of South Carolina, I had a great practice session yesterday. I always begin…

Support the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

I supported Columbus Symphony Orchestra… by voting for them to win $25k with Chasegiving. Please fan, vote, and RT! http://bit.ly/45FsA Columbus Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951 to develop and maintain a major professional symphony orchestra of the highest artistic…

Shorter Days, Slower Thoughts

Shorter Days bring slower productivity for me. Though I plan to finish the year long commitment to learn all 18 Paul Jeanjean etudes, I’m stuck for now on 2. Several reasons. First- Etude 2 has been a thorn for me for a long time. I need to live with it to really master it. Second- I’m back to work full time with the Columbus Symphony, which, I keep forgetting, is work. Third- I’ve recently changed all my equipment, and it’s taking time to settle. I look forward to nailing etude 2 to the wall. In time.

Psyched for Mahler 9 tonight

Preparing for tonight’s Columbus Symphony performance of the 9th symphony of Gustav Mahler, a magnificent and momentous work, I took a long walk through the park near my house. Nature was Mahler’s spirituality, and so it was helpful to walk…

Twitter Posts Nov 10-18

Practicing- Stop when body tires. Mind, and body, should still have ideal in it. Ideal is only constant. Clarinet- air feels like it’s going either way, in or out, while blowing, not blown out, but let out. Concentration/centering while practicing-…

Yodeling Revelry on Clarinet

Yodeling ultra-high notes, using only voicing and embouchure rather than fingerings, is a great way to develop flexibility and integrity. The goal is to use as little lip and jaw pressure as possible, focusing on the “yodeling” feeling in the…

Clarinet Angle is Critical

[This post includes a wonderful personal story below, worth reading, even if you are not interested in clarinet mouthpiece angles] Each person’s mouth, teeth, jaw and lips are different. Each musician must find the optimum placement of vibrating part in…