As I looked back at all of my posts to help me summarize my major project, it has made me realize how far I have come with my knowledge, abilities, and confidence in playing the clarinet. I have not only impressed myself, but my two mentors (my daughter and my niece) are equally amazed at … Continue reading Major Project – Coles Notes
This week has been another great progression of my clarinet confidence and overall skills. I feel comfortable holding the clarinet, fingering the left-hand notes fluently, and increasing my breathing and facial stamina. I practiced more this week than ever before. Here is the progress that I made towards last week's goals: Continue to play more … Continue reading Duet with technology
I can't say enough about having someone available to give me feedback as I practice and progress towards my goals. My niece has done it again for me this week. After sharing my recent recordings with her and expressing how I am still having difficulties maintaining enough breath and facial strength to sustain more than … Continue reading Sound advice!
Stretch it out! After only one session this week due to a busy schedule and being out of town for 4 days, I realized that I need to work on building my face muscles up to sustain a good embouchure. After about 20 minutes of practice, I start to struggle with my breathing, the air … Continue reading My face is falling, my face is falling!
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Bill Copeland I have started to realize this week that I need an end goal to work towards by the end of this semester with regard to my learning process with the … Continue reading Establishing an End Goal
Well, I've brought in an expert this week, my talented 14-year-old niece. I couldn't be more proud of her for not only setting aside time in her busy schedule to work with me (and my daughter) but having the patience to fine-tune some of the issues I have been experiencing. As Brooke identified in the … Continue reading Experiencing Progress
This week I reviewed previous lessons I had learned last week. This included practicing notes E, F, & G and combining them with and without the use of 4 count rests. I feel that my fingering of each of these notes is relatively decent, but I'm still struggling with how to be comfortable with my … Continue reading Reading is hard!
This week, I decided to purchase the Udemy.com course that I found last week in my search for useful tutorials. I was impressed by their sample videos and was drawn to the claim that I could become a beginner to pro in under 5 hours. Maybe I'm a bit naive, but I'm jumping in with … Continue reading Why am I covered in spit?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzk2CjtfiqM By watching the first few minutes of the clip above, it will give you a bit of insight as to how I felt this week during my first attempts at playing the clarinet. Of course this is an exaggeration, my daughter is not that much better than me (yet), but I definitely struggled like … Continue reading First of many lessons…