July 6 Update: If you want to start writing your practice journal, or respond to someone elses, please join the Musician-Practice-Group. To do so, please find Create an Account in the sidebar at right. After you register, login with your new username and password, click on Groups in the menu above, then click on Practice Journals All. Then click Join Group. That's it. Did you practice today? Tell us more, please...
I spent the better part of the day yesterday setting up this blog to feature social networking and group discussions. This is an experiment. My hope is to encourage clarinetists, or any musician, to journalize their practice sessions. The idea is to share and learn from each other. I have set up three groups. And I will add instruments as people request them. I think you may also be able to create groups yourself. Let me know if you can.
Social media and social networking are relatively new for classical musicians, who tend to practice alone and rarely get much feedback, unless it is from a teacher or a friend. Here, clarinet players and musicians of any level can enrich their practice by connecting with other players.
Facebook offers similar features, but is more general in scope. The clarinet BBoards, which some clarinetists may know, offer mainly discussions of specific questions. While they are a fantastic resource for clarinetists, they tend to be less friendly for connecting a sharing ongoing ideas.
Any user can easily register and join the group "Clarinetist Practice Journals All" and start writing about your practice sessions. I will add a daily note about my own practice. Other instruments can either make your own group or request I create one. I intend the Groups to be for practice journals. At least that is what I envision. Always open to suggestions.
There are also forums, intended for in depth discussions of specific problems and techniques.
I had to set up a new theme to accommodate the new features, including a hastily assembled header photo. The layout is somewhat temporary. My designer is taking forever to finish the new website layout. The hope is to have it up and running in the next month or so.
In the meantime, the social features are ready to go. Stop by and give it a try.
Thanks to Art by Wicks for the fun painting. Got check it out.