Take some time out of your day to watch this interview of Larry Guy by Ed Joffe.
NPR published a series of articles in 2012 entitled 'The Young Person's Guide to Making Music'. The following article was the most well-received within that series, and for good reason. If you've ever struggled with your child's weekly practice sessions, then read on for some good tips and advice on developing regular and enjoyable practice times.
I talk a lot with my students about the idea of practicing perfectly. Don't repeatedly practice mistakes, but, practice your repertoire perfectly and as slow as necessary to play it perfectly. The following article discusses the notion of 'deliberate' practice and how it affects high performers and achievers.
Blank staff paper? Upcoming concerts? Competitions? Free sheet music?
Look no further - check out the resource page on Salt Lake Clarinet for links to useful resources and tools!
This is a great perspective on the make-up lesson. Many teachers choose to offer make-lessons but this parent/author of this article opposes this practice. Read the article below to find out why!
Orchestra, concert band, marching band, clarinet choirs, chamber music, jazz band and combo, musicals, rock bands – the clarinet is a member in them all!
Here is a list of resources to further convince of the benefits of music
If you practice, you get better.
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.