Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's Back...

For students who want to begin practicing the Texas All-State band music before marching season begins, the link to this year’s audition material can be found here.  Click on the “View Etudes” button.

As always, I encourage my students to continue practicing a variety of other repertoire over the coming months.  Practicing the same three etudes for half of the year can make your practice sessions stale so please feel free to mix it up with other etudes, solos, and of course fundamental exercises!  Happy practicing!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A tone comes from within yourself, from your heart. It is actually quite simple: if you cannot produce a beautiful tone with your mouthpiece attached to something as basic as a garden hose, then it is unlikely the finest materials will help you either. If you work at your long tones over and over again and keep listening with your heart and soul you will be repaid with beautiful tone. Equipment helps but ultimately it comes down to you as a musician to make a wonderful warm tone.” 
—  From Harry Sparnaay’s The Bass Clarinet: A Personal History

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Fun Post: The "Not-So-Lazy Summer" Edition

This has been a whirlwind of a summer!  I can thank my students for a lot of this because currently I have every spot on every day that I am teaching filled.  I also have a huge enrollment of beginning students who have not even begun band yet but are already taking private lessons.  Needless to say, it is going to be a competitive year.  I am so proud of them and their dedication!

I have also just begun my marathon training.  I am planning on running the Fort Worth Marathon in November.  My husband and I also finally took a real vacation to Galveston for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.  It was a really nice break.

And a trip to Memphis for my sister’s wedding.

I know that it is shocking that there are so many non-clarinet related events here!  But I have plenty to practice and the summer is a great time for me to explore new repertoire while I do not have any looming deadlines. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!