Fiber and Play

As physical players of our instruments, we need a practice of cleansing the fibers of our muscles as we play. So play becomes the fiber to cleanse and relax the “fibers” of our muscles. Chamber music, read at relaxed parties,…

Imagine Playing

When I was learning the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for a performance years ago, I practiced as I jogged. I heard and felt the piece in my body phrase by phrase, back-wards from the end to the beginning. This practice also…

Dreaming Big

I’m still pinching myself. I’m sure I’ll wake up and find it was all a dream. In all my 17 years as principal clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony, I’ve never been this optimistic about my career. Four years ago I…

Pitch

Rhymes with…. Have you ever known someone who is never quite happy, no matter what you do to please them? And even when you think you’ve done everything the way they want, they change the parameters and you’re back to…