Category: Clarinet Talk

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Turning Over a New Reed

For the new year, I’ll begin with a brand new reed. Old reeds are like old shoes; they feel great but are probably bad for your posture/playing. I am a firm believer in plopping on a fresh reed and going…

A comedy of musical omens

This past Saturday and Monday I spent 7 hours recording a CD of 10 orchestral excerpts to be used as a preliminary round for a major US orchestra, the NY Philharmonic. The hours between were spent mostly practicing those excerpts.…

Trying out new equipment

Musicians are as reliant on their equipment as they are their arms and legs. Great equipment is half the battle to playing well. But the search is not so easy. I’ve been trying out new mouthpieces for months now. Actually,…

Tone

I spent a few hours last week with a long time colleague. She played in the Kennedy Center Opera House orchestra with me while I was there from 1983-89. I’ve always respected and liked her, both as a person and…

Reeds

Reeds are our saviors. We can blame anything on them, thank goodness. “Oops, I squeaked! Oh well, that wasn’t a great reed after all.” Or, “Man, I can’t believe how much my reed’s changed since two hours ago. No wonder…