Here is an excellent, basic, article on musician injury. If you are suffering from an injury related to playing, please seek assistance rather than hide or try to muscle through the pain.
Take seven minutes to sit at the feet of these musical giants who process music at a very deep level….far beyond the pedantic mechanics of playing an instrument. I am inspired…. are you? I’m grateful to Pianist/Teacher Emma Leiuman for posting this recorded ensemble of inspired voices. Leon Fleisher, Daniel Barenboim, Gyorgy Sebok and Arthur… Continue reading Imagination and Singing
I’m not an equipment junkie, but I like to experiment with ligatures. My favorites are the Vandoren Leather (sometimes without an insert and sometimes with the black leather insert) or the Vandoren Optimum ligature. I’ve never understood why Vandoren only makes a silver plated Optimum ligature for clarinet. On a whim I called my favorite… Continue reading Vandoren Optimum Switcheroo
My piano professor at Eastman, Maria Louisa Faini, taught me to study the music of a composer’s ‘best’ genre in order to understand that composer’s piano works. For instance, she encouraged me to study Beethoven’s symphonies…his voicing of chorales and use of dynamics, for example….in order to have a deeper understanding of how to approach… Continue reading Importance of Studying Other Genres
I work with some of the finest colleagues anywhere. St. Louis Symphony musicians are known for graciousness towards visiting conductors, a high level of passion and musicality, and friendliness. I thought it might be fun to ask some of these wonderful musicians what they think is the most important part of playing in an orchestra.… Continue reading The Most Important Aspect of Playing In An Orchestra
Clarinet Divas is a random collection of useful clarinet and musical tips of my own and from others, events that I think might be of interest, observations, and articles. Happy exploring!