If you get better, you play with better players.
If you play with better players, you play
If you play better music, you have more fun.
If you have fun, you want to practice more.
If you practice more, you get better.
Today I was asked if I had any tips on how to memorize music. I had to admit that I didn't do it often and couldn't offer much. I suggested listening to a recording, and multiple recordings if possible, to get the piece into your head. I also suggested working on memorizing the piece in smaller segments - possibly even measure by measure. A quick internet search revealed many similar strategies amongst musicians. Here are some links to memorization techniques. Try them out and let me know what works for you. None are specific to clarinet playing, but can be tailored to any instrument. If you use a technique that isn't listed in these websites, please pass it along. I'd love to hear your suggestions!
A final Bienen School of Music masterclass with John Yeh, acting principal of the Chicago Symphony. John Yeh will be in Salt Lake City on Monday, November 19th to give a masterclass at the University of Utah School of Music. I will post location and exact time when known.
Two more Bienen School of Music masterclasses to go!!! This class features Janet Hilton: Head of Woodwinds at the Royal College of Music in London for over a decade, Soloist and Recording Artist.
Continuing on in this series is a masterclass with Mark Nuccio - Associate Principal and Solo E-flat clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.
From the Bienen School of Music comes a masterclass with Karl Leister: clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic for 30+ years, soloist, chamber musician, and Professor at the Academy of Music Hans Eisler in Berlin.
The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University has posted a video series of Clarinet Masterclasses with world-renowned Clarinetists. I will link to these videos all week as they are a great resource to watch and learn from these wonderful musicians, and apply the ideas and techniques in our own playing.
A masterclass with Philippe Cuper, Principal Clarinetist of the Paris Opera Orchestra.