No. I am not switching careers... though it sure looks like fun.... maybe, for a minute.
But perhaps that's the whole point. Having fun.
Music, especially classical music, takes itself too seriously.
So how can learning and performing clarinet be as fun as playing Vuvuzela? Teachers, clarinetists, any performer or music educator, this goes out to you.
I say throw lessons out the window and start blowing to see what comes out. After you grow accustomed to the whole vibrational concept of the buzz against your lips, see if you might like it to sound another way. Then, without asking how, just head in that direction, the direction you wish to hear.
There are tons of fun sounds which come from the clarinet, some intended, some not. Why not keep the chaotic freedom in it as long as possible? Explore. With just a couple of guiding tricks, anyone can figure out the patterns that make different notes.
So I ask you, and you and you. How can learning clarinet be more fun, AND still be productive, meaning, it sounds like you want it to sound?
Would it help to have video duets to play with, so you can see the other person playing and having fun, the better to play with?
How about learning to play songs without needing to learn to read music, at least at first? Suppose you could learn songs by having someone demonstrate them in tiny parts? Again, using videos, you can watch someone play and copy them, or make up your own version. No biggie.
What if someone demonstrating the clarinet, or any other instrument, danced around as they played? Dancing certainly looks a lot more fun than standing or sitting like a zombie to play.
What if singing and playing were both encouraged? Singing and playing would happen most likely one after the other. But I have been known to sing AS I play. In harmony.
I like to sing a phrase and then play it. Singing is usually easier than playing clarinet, music is easier to feel when singing than playing clarinet. At least at first. So sing and then play.
Then, as you learn to play better, KEEP the fun in it. What is funny is that you may have to work to keep the fun in it. But that shows the problem with learning anything. The less fun it is, the more work it becomes.
What are your ideas for music education which might keep the fun in it a bit longer?