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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Music | 0 comments

Clarinet Practice, Despair, Vade Mecum, and You

Despite considering myself a serious musician for most of my adult life, I’ve had a difficult relationship with practice. Most musicians are less than thrilled with practice, so this is not unique to me. I don’t know what motivates (or should I say de-motivates) most people not to practice, but for me it’s been a heady mixture of overwork in the day job, some technical and sometimes even orthopedic difficulties brought on by the overwork (I work with a keyboard on the day job), and 99% good old-fashioned despair.

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2008 in Music | 0 comments

This is why it’s so hard for adult music beginners

(hat tip – John Tracy, one of my twitter friends)

This is so true – my own application of this has to do with adults who try to begin on musical instruments (or even musicians who try to begin on different instruments). The hard part is – you know how bad you are. It’s a misnomer that kids are naturally better – they’re naturally more scatterbrained and better at not following instructions, is what they are. Their only advantage is they don’t know they can’t play! They believe it when you tell them they’re doing a good job. Anyway, watch this:

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